This Week’s Business News and Notes

July 26 – August 1, 2007

The Falls Church News-Press is hosting the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce’s July Networking Mixer on Thursday, July 26 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The 17th annual Summer Social will take place in the News-Press offices located at 450 W. Broad Street, Suite 321, Falls Church. The event is free and open to the general public. Refreshments from Ledo Pizza Restaurant will be provided. For information call 703-532-3267.


Christian Diaz, of the Latin Division of Arbonne International, is hosting a presentation in Spanish on Sunday, July 29 to introduce Arbonne to the Hispanic community. Arbonne, a 27-year-old health and wellness company, develops, manufactures and distributes over 350 personal care and wellness products that are pure, safe and beneficial and used everyday by over a million families. Mr. Diaz will be joined by local leaders who are building multi-million dollar home-based businesses for this event which will include product demonstrations, refreshments and information on the benefits of joining the Arbonne team. The D.C. region is home to over 700,000 Hispanic consumers and boasts the wealthiest Hispanic market in the country. The free event will take place at the Hilton Embassy Row, 2015 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. To learn more about Mr. Diaz, Arbonne, or this upcoming event and local Arbonne success stories, please contact Midory Takeda (703) 575-8566, (en español) or Mary Anne Carlson, (703) 994-2551 or (English).


Natalia's Elegant Creations Pastry Shop and Cafe will open its doors on Tuesday, July 31 at 230 W. Broad Street in Falls Church. The new European style pastry shop will offer a large variety of European style cakes, pastries, cookies, and cupcakes. Freshly baked bagels, croissants and muffins, as well as a limited sandwich menu will also be offered. Coffees, teas, espressos, lattes and other beverages can be ordered for either sit down or take out. Gluten-free desserts are available daily. Visit the website for details regarding additional catering services –


Vantage Fitness will open its new facility in the Read Building located at 402 W. Broad Street in Falls Church at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31. To facilitate the move, the current location at 442 S. Washington in Falls Church, will be closed Saturday, July 28, Sunday, July 29, and Monday, July 30. For information about Vantage Fitness, home of the Smarter Workout, visit


The Virginia Downtown Development Association is hosting a luncheon entitled “Downtown Development is Mixed Use Development” on August 16 from noon – 2 p.m. in Richmond. Speakers include Chris Earley of Greening Urban, LLC and Jeannie Welliver from the Richmond Department of Economic Development. The event, which includes a buffet lunch, will take lace in the Main Street Station located 1500 East Main Street in Richmond. Tickets are $30 for VDDA Members and $35 for non-members. For more information contact VDDA at 434-238-0986 or is searching for the Best Boss of 2007 in honor of National Boss Day on October 16. Nominations will be accepted through September 15. The Best Boss of 2007 will receive a cash prize of $500, an appearance on “Ask the Expert” (live program), a copy of “The Ugly Truth about Managing People” by Ruth King, and other gift items. National Boss Day was started in 1958 when Patricia Bays Haroski, who wanted to designate a day to show appreciation for her boss and other bosses, registered the holiday with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She hoped to improve the relationship between employees and supervisors and help young employees realize the challenges bosses face in running a business. Go to to nominate someone you think has been the Best Boss of 2007. is a website focused on providing critical management information to business leaders in both passive and interactive capacities. For more information go to


Falls Church-based DynCorp International has named Gen. Anthony C. Zinni (USMC-Ret.) to the position of executive vice president. Gen. Zinni will direct business development, business strategy, communications, and product branding. Gen. Zinni retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 39 years of service, during which he served as the Commanding General of the First Marine Expeditionary Force, Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Central Command, and as senior adviser and U.S. envoy to the Middle East. Gen. Zinni resigned from DynCorp International's board of directors to assume the position. DynCorp is a provider of specialized mission-critical technical services to government agencies worldwide, and operates major programs in law enforcement training and support, security services, base operations, aviation services, contingency operations, and logistics support. For more information, visit


Servpro of Annandale/Falls Church has hired a new sales account manager, Dave Tyskowski. Tyskowski will handle all relations with insurance agents, property managers, contractors and customers who are in need of Servpro’s services. Dave is a born and raised Northern Virginian. He is also a graduate of O’Connell H.S. and Marymount University. Servpro of Annandale/Falls Church provides services to address water, fire or mold concerns and other related services such as carpet cleaning and deodorization. For more information call 703-448-8444.


Redfin Corp., an online real estate broker based in Seattle, WA, has opened its East Coast headquarters in Falls Church and launched its e-commerce service for the DC and Baltimore areas, adding 50,000 property listings locally. Redfin’s service will now be available in the District of Columbia; Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland; and Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Manassas, Prince William and Stafford counties as well as the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church in Virginia. For customers who can find a home to buy on their own, the premise of the Redfin service is to use technology to offer service from offer to close and to refund most of the commission. For more information visit