This Week’s Business News and Notes

August 30 – September 5, 2007

Penzey’s Spices is opening a Falls Church location in early September. Headquartered in Wisconsin, Penzey’s has retail stores in more than 20 states and a strong mail order business. The renowned spice store carries more than 250 high quality herbs, spices and seasonings along with gift boxes, mills and containers. The new retail store will be in the The Byron building located on the 500 block of Broad Street. For more information about Penzey’s visit                     


Buck and Associates, PNC Bank, Drs. Love and Miller Family Dentistry, Dominion, and Foxcraft Design Group are sponsoring the 3rd Annual Taste of Falls Church which is being held Saturday, September 15 in conjunction with the Falls Church Fall Festival. Argia’s, Clare and Don’s Beach Shack, Ireland’s Four Provinces, Ledo Pizza Restaurant, Pilin Thai Restaurant, Robeks Juice, ZPizza and 2 Sisters Coffee are among the participating local restaurants. For information about sponsoring or participating contact Jenny Elmore at or 703-248-5077.


The Get Motivated Seminar featuring Zig Ziglar, General Colin Powell, Dr. Robert Schuller, Steve Forbes, Brian Tracy, and Sugar Ray Leonard is coming to the Verizon Center on Thursday, September 6 from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Among the speakers' topics will be "How to Stay Motivated", "Take-Charge Leadership", “How to Attain and Exceed Every Goal”, "America’s Promise: Your Keys to Growth and Opportunity”, “and "How to Strengthen Your Sales & Negotiation Skills", and “How to Knock Out the Competition. Local businesses are being provided discounted tickets at $49 per office or organization – not per person, per office. Call 1-800-217-1339 for tickets. Admission at the door will be $225. Visit for more information.


The Women’s Business Center of Northern Virginia is hosting The ABC’s of Starting a Business from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Wednesday, September 12. The seminar will be presented by Lisa Y. Goodman and take place at the Community Business Partnership located at 7001 Loisdale Road, Suite C, in Springfield. The event is free but registration is required. Call 703-778-9922 or visit


The Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Merrifield Business Association are co-hosting a Networking Luncheon featuring Congressman Tom Davis from 11:30 – 1:30 on Tuesday, September 18. The event will take place at the Italian Café located at 7161 Lee Highway in Falls Church. RSVPs are required. Email the GFCCC at or GMBA at


The 2007 Global Corporate Citizenship Conference: The Role of Corporate Citizenship in Emerging Market Development will take place September 19-20 in Washington, DC. This event offers the chance to network with business leaders from around the world, gain insight into trends and find out how businesses are addressing the challenges of globalization. Speakers include John Danilovich, CEO of The Millennium Corporation, Justine Frain, VP, Global Community Partnerships with GlaxoSmithKline, Robert Miller, Director of Corporate Citizenship and Global Contribution with The Dow Chemical Company, Reeta Roy, Divisional VP, Global Citizenship and Policy for Abbott Laboratories, Lee Tashjian, VP, Corporate Communications for Flour Corporation and Shelly Esque, Director of Regional Corporate Affairs for Intel Corporation. For more information go to:


The City of Falls Church is accepting applications for Community Development Block Grant funding through noon Friday, September 21. Funding is available for for-profit organizations, nonprofits, and public agencies to support public services, housing rehabilitation, homebuyer assistance, and economic development activities for low and moderate income households. Funded projects in the past have included home repair, rental assistance, housing development, recreation activities for disabled adults, legal counsel for families facing eviction or homelessness, first time homebuyer programs, family literacy programs and home buyer education classes. Businesses and organizations interested in securing CBDG funds can secure additional information and application guidelines by visiting, click on Services, then Housing Services. The CDBG link will be on the right side menu. Call 703-248-5005 for additional information.


The Falls Church, VA chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, is hosting a business and entrepreneurship fair entitled, Dollars and Sense: Planting Seeds for Entrepreneurship, Success, and Prosperity on Saturday, September 22 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Falls Church Community Center. Jackie Robinson-Burnette, Deputy, Office of Small Business Programs in the U.S. Department of the Army, will provide the key note address of this event focused on creating and expanding opportunities for small businesses in the areas of federal government contracting and procurement. The Falls Church Community Center is located at 223 Little Falls Street. For more information contact Jamila Jones at 202 498 3439 or via email at


Virginia Economic Bridge, Inc. is hosting the second annual Virginia’s Linked Workforce Showcase: Architecture & Engineering, Environmental Services from 11:30 am to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 27 at the Fort Belvoir Officers Club in Fort Belvoir. This event will connect companies, both large and small, for structured roundtable discussions to create strategic business relationships. For additional event information and registration –


The Center for Business Planning and Development provides a variety of resources for merging and existing small businesses in Falls Church and the surrounding areas. The Center, located at 6245 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church, provides access to a conference room, computer lab, and resource room free of charge along with mentoring and counseling in the areas of business planning, marketing, permits/licensing, state and federal procurement, and loan application assistance. The Center is a collaborative partnership among the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board, The SkillSource Group, Fairfax County Department of Family Services, and the Business Development Assistance Group. For more information visit