This Week’s Business News and Notes

May 31 – June 6, 2007

Design Frames has a new location in Falls Church. The custom frame shop, owned and operated by Master Framer Mark Klostermeyer, has moved to 101 Rowell Court in Falls Church. Call 703-532-2660 for more information.


The deadline for’s Boost Your Business contest for entreprenuers featuring a grand prize of $100,000 or one of 4 HP Prize Packages is Thursday, May 31. To enter, complete the contest entry form on and be sure to include: (1) The name or title of your business (2) A 500-word description of your business and how you would use $100,000 to boost it to new heights. Visit for details, helpful information and the official rules. Earn the chance to get business experts from the editorial staff to help you fine-tune and improve your plan. Entries will be judged by small business experts, editors and readers. Visit to enter!


The Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce is offering an exciting and fun team building opportunity for local businesses. The annual Mini-Golf Family Fun Night will take place Tuesday, June 19, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Upton Hill Regional Park (6060 Wilson Boulevard). The event includes dinner, unlimited miniature golf, access to batting cages, and the opportunity to spend some down-time with staff, colleagues, family and friends. Tickets for adults are $20, for teens $15, for youth 6-13 $12, and for kids 5 and under are free. Group ticket discounts are available. Call 703-532-1050 for more information or to reserve your tickets today.

Beyond the Garden Gate is now offering a new personalized stationery line including memo pads, invitations, announcements and more that can be personalized with graphics and more. They are also carrying new personal care items including bath bloomers and handmade soaps. Beyond the Garden Gate which also caries a line of handmade jewelry, aprons and other unique gift items, is located at 450 W. Broad Street, Suite 102 (facing Penn. Ave). Visit for more info.


Falls Church’s Clay Café Studios has launched a new website providing programs and events to the entire Washington metropolitan area through its mobile division, Catered Clay. Catered Clay events are ideal for birthday parties, corporate outings, team-building activities, youth groups and general family fun. For more information about Clay Café Studios, visit


Hughes Financial Solutions will be hosting a free College Funding Workshop on Saturday June 2 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Falls Church Community Center. All parents with High School children are urged to attend this free workshop. To learn more about Hughes Financial Solutions or to get more information about their workshops, please visit Reservations are free but seating is very limited.


Falls Church-based JDG Communications, Inc. was named Marketer of the Year by the American Marketing Association’s Washington, D.C. Chapter (AMA-DC) for its communication excellence on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s “” Awareness Campaign. JDG also won awards for a multimedia presentation for the American Red Cross and a marketing portfolio for the American Psychological Association. JDG Communications, Inc. is a full-service marketing firm that specializes in providing highly creative branding and strategic marketing services to government, corporate and nonprofit organizations. With 28 years in business, JDG’s award-winning team develops and implements campaigns by executing its brand promise: "Strategic Marketing by Design for Exceptional Results." Clients include General Services Administration (GSA), American Psychological Association (APA), Small Business Administration (SBA), R.W. Murray, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USAID, SCORE, American Red Cross, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Newspaper Association of America (NAA), NOAA’s National Ocean Service, OMNIPLEX World Services and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


Businesses in Falls Church with customers and clients traveling in from out of town will be pleased to learn that the City now provides a Lodging Guide online along with the Restaurant Guide (also available in hard copy). Both guides as well as demographic information of interest to the business community are available at


A number of local businesses are participating in the June 1st FIRSTfriday of Falls Church. See the advertisement elsewhere in this issue of the Falls Church News-Press for details on specials and events being hosted by Argia’s, Art and Frame of Falls Church, ADT@Falls Church School of Ballet, Clare and Don’s Beach Shack, Clay Café Studios, Curves, Falls Church Arts Gallery, Impulsive, Maneki Neko, and PowaByke Electric Bikes. FIRSTfriday of Falls Church is sponsored by Arlington Catering, Atlantic Realty Companies, The Byron, Falls Church Arts, Falls Church Economic Development Authority, Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, Quick Copy, Spokes Doggies Annie & Sheba, and Sunrise of Falls Church.


The Analysis Group, LLC, a Falls Church-based, veteran-owned, rapidly growing small business specializing in novel techniques for research, analysis, and articulation of key Department of Defense issues has named Pierre A. Chao as Special Advisor to the Board of Advisors. Mr. Chao is a co-founder and managing partner of Renaissance Strategic Advisors with more than 20 years of experience advising senior-level executives, policy makers, and investors in the defense and aerospace sector. He is also a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, an internationally renowned, Washington D.C.-based, nonpartisan defense and foreign policy think tank. The Analysis Group is a privately held professional and technical services firm delivering quality products and services on time and within budget to the national security community. For more information on The Analysis Group, please visit their Website at


Business leaders and commuters interested in learning about the planned reconstruction of W. Broad Street between S. Virginia Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue are being notified to review the project information at the Virginia Department of Transportation’s N. Virginia office located at 14685 Avion Parkway in Chantilly (703-383-2000) or at the City of Falls Church Engineering office located at 300 Park Avenue in Falls Church (703-248-5287). The reconstruction, to include roadway improvements, under grounding of utilities, and streetscape enhancements, is scheduled to take place 7:00 am to 7:00 pm for nine weeks starting July 15, 2007. Should there be significant concern over this, VDOT is willing to hold a public hearing. To request a public hearing, send a written request to Mr. Richard Burke, II, Urban Program Manager, on or before June 15, 2007. If a request is received, notice of date, time and place of the hearing will be posted.