This Week’s Business News and Notes

December 20-26, 2007

Point of View Eyewear is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, December 20. The Inova Bloodmobile will be in the parking lot from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Point of View will give everyone who donates 15% off of a purchase that day. To make a life-saving appointment call Bill Mueller at 703-237-6500 or email

Divot Charities and Ireland's Four Provinces raised $2,100 and collected over 1,200 lbs. of personal care products, food, and other items for American troops serving abroad this holiday season. 185 care packages were shipped to 37 platoons in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Bosnia, and at Sea. The troops were selected via the website which connects those who want to support the troops to members of the Armed Forces on active duty. For more information about Divot Charities which is organized by Falls Church residents Scott Tucker, Amy Smith, Al Rapee and Jennifer Short email Ireland’s Four Provinces, which is owned and operated by Colm Dillon, is located at 105 W. Broad Street, phone (703) 534-8999.


F. Weller Meyer, chairman, president & CEO of Acacia Federal Savings Bank, has been named president of the Federal Reserve’s Thrift Institutions Advisory Council (TIAC). He served as vice president in 2007. Meyer is the first in the council's history to hold the post twice. In 2000, he served as president in an extended term, following a year as vice president and one as general member. Established in 1980, TIAC is an advisory group made up of 12 representatives from America's thrift institutions – savings and loans, savings banks, and credit unions. Each member serves for two years. Meyer, a Potomac, Md. resident, is a past chairman of America's Community Bankers and director of Acacia Federal Savings Bank, Calvert Group Ltd. and IOMAI Corporation. Acacia Federal ( is located in Falls Church, Va. The bank is a member of the UNIFI Companies, a group of life insurance and financial services firms offering services to individuals, families and businesses.

Falls Church resident and business owner, John W. Bowen was one of 21 daily money managers from 12 states who became the first in the nation to earn the designation Professional Daily Money Manager by meeting eligibility requirements and passing an intensive examination. The certification process has been developed by the American Association of Daily Money Managers (AADMM) as part of its mission to assure high standards of practice and delivery of quality service by DMM professionals. Bowen is the owner/operator of Bookkeeping and Daily Money Management. For more information visit

John R. Vogt, of McLean, has been named as Chief Business Development Officer for Chain Bridge Bank,a full-service national bank recently founded by former United States Senator Peter G. Fitzgerald. Vogt comes to the bank's headquarters in McLean, from The Bond Market Association, where he served as Executive Vice President and Head of the Washington Office. He has three decades of experience in the Washington, D.C. business and political community, serving in leadership and advisory roles at trade. Chain Bridge Bank is a full-service national bank, serving the businesses and residents of McLean and surrounding metropolitan communities. More information about Chain Bridge Bank is available at

 The Falls Church Chamber of Commerce unveiled its new logo at its December Luncheon and Annual Members Meeting on Tuesday, December 18. The new logo, which better depicts the Chamber’s pro-development stance and its active and progressive nature, was created by Matt Smith of Smith Gifford. Depicted below, it will be featured on the organization’s new website to be launched in January and it is currently appearing on apparel and gift items at For information about the Chamber email or call 703-532-1050.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is currently taking nominations for its Small Business of the Year, to be awarded at the Small Business Summit, April 16-18, 2008 in Washington, DC. Each year, a group of business experts choose from literally hundreds of nominees to choose seven “finalists” (one from each Region) from which the annual winner is chosen. In addition to the possibility of winning an award, the finalists get to attend the full conference. The nomination form is attached but nominators are encouraged to also include a one-page narrative outlining why the business is being nominated. The deadline for Nominations is January 8, 2008, and the deadline for Applications is February 8, 2008. Visit for more information.

Businesses in Falls Church that would prefer that employees live in closer proximity to their workplace may be interested in learning about affordable housing options in Falls Church. Seven one-bedroom, seven two-bedroom, and one two bedroom with den ADUs are available for rent in Pearson Square, set to be completed at 500 S. Maple Avenue in the next few weeks. Three one-bedroom and five two-bedroom units are available for sale in the Spectrum building, with a planned completion date at 444 W. Broad Street in the spring of 2008. For more information about the City’s affordable dwelling options visit