This Week’s Business News and Notes

June 28 – July 4, 2007

Buck & Associates’ Suzanne Fauber has launched a new website designed to provide valuable ideas and services including the opportunity to request a comparative market analysis to find out your home value or to start a home search and have results automatically delivered to your inbox. On the site you can also view featured listings, secure a variety of reports for both buyers and sellers, find out about upcoming open houses, secure local school information, find resources for home repair and maintenance, locate community and utility information and much more. To check out the site yourself, go to


Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. is partnering with Homestretch, a Falls Church-based nonprofit organization that provides transitional and subsidized housing and services for homeless families with children. Case will provide carpentry work, painting, drywall and plumbing repairs at housing units in the Northern Virginia area. Case alliance partner, T.W. Perry has agreed to provide the necessary supplies and materials needed for the repairs. In 2006, Case launched its Case Cares Initiative, which identifies and acts upon community service initiatives by providing resources, volunteering staff time and donating money to charitable and non-profit organizations in the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area. For more information on Case Design/Remodeling, Inc., please visit or call 800-513-2250. For more information on Homestretch, please visit or call 703-237-2035.


The Fairfax County Business Preparedness Summit will take place on July 20, 2007 at the County Government Center. The summit will help businesses develop emergency preparedness plans. Attendees will learn how Fairfax County operates during an emergency, tour Fairfax County Emergency Operations Center, and learn about For more information or to register go to

Falls Church-based Mediastudio was awarded the Excellence in Business Philanthropy Award: Total Contributed Dollars as a Percentage of Pre-Tax Dollars by the Washington Business Journal and Greater DC Cares. Mediastudio was honored for its annual fall CreatAThon, during which a volunteer team of graphic designers, writers and strategists create marketing materials for local nonprofits free of charge. Additional award recipients included DC-based Raffa for the most volunteer hours invested locally by a small business, DC-based Fannie Mae for the most volunteer hours invested locally by a large business, and McLean-based Freddie Mac for the largest amount of philanthropic dollars invested in the Washington region in the past year. For more information about Mediastudio’s CreateAThon or to download a nonprofit application go to For more information about the Excellence in Business Philanthropy Awards, go to

The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority has officially opened its new pool

with waterpark features at Upton Hill Regional Park. Fun, interactive water play features and exciting waterslides have been added to the spacious wading pool and lap swimming pool at the park. Upton Hill is located at 6060 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington. For more information about NVRPA visit


Quinn’s Auction Galleries has made Chinese snuff bottles big in Falls Church. During their recent Asian Works of Art Auction, serious local collectors, Internet exposure, and a host of international bidders combined to send the auction bidding of one 18th century Imperial Palace workshops snuff bottle up to $146,250. The tiny 1 7/8 inch tall snuff bottle, with a woman in gesture on each side, beckoned buyers from Hong Kong, Singapore and London, but was finally sold to an international absentee bidder, a Singaporean collector. Snuff bottles are among the highest collectible art form, attractive partly because their miniature size allows collectors to amass hundreds of specimens, but also because of the vast array of high-quality production techniques and materials. Three additional snuff bottles were sold to ebay bidders including a circa 1800 Chinese nephrite jade for $11,115, another 19th century Chinese nephrite jade bottle, with applied hard stone decoration fetched $8,190, and a 19th century Chinese coral with a carved unicorn coming in at just over $5,557. Quinn's holds auctions on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 with periodic collector’s series sales. Quinn’s also has Fine Art, Antiques, Decorative Arts, Fine and Rare books, Maps, Prints and Autograph auctions in their gallery approximately every 9-12 weeks. See them on the web at, and


Reebok, Metro Run & Walk and Next Realty have signed on as corporate supporters of the Second Annual “Run for the Schools” to take place starting at 8:00 am on Sunday, September 16. The 5K certified race and 1 mile family fun run/walk will begin at the corner of N. Maple Avenue and Park Avenue, one block west of the intersection of Broad Street and Washington Street. After completing the courses participants are invited to Cherry Hill Park for games and family activities. Registered participants will also receive a race packet including a bib number and t-shirt, and they are eligible to win prizes. Registration is $20 per person or $50 for an entire family. To register or for additional information about sponsoring the event, visit the Falls Church Education Foundation website at, click on 2007 Run for the Schools or call Donna Englander at (703) 538-2281.


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