This Week

January 17 – 23, 2007

Hughes Financial Solutions is hosting a Free College Funding discussion at Stacy’s Coffee Parlor. “Coffee Time with College Funding” will take place on Thursday, January 24 from 7 – 8 p.m. Topics include how the financial aid process really works, how to qualify for more aid, how to pay for college the most tax efficient way, how to pick schools ahead of time that will give you the most free money, and how to pay thousands less than the “Sticker Price” of a school. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 877-855-1708 or visit


Art and Frame of Falls Church, Falls Church Arts, Bill Abel Watercolors and the Community Phone Book are co-hosting the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce’s January Networking Mixer from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22. The event, which will take place at 111 Park Avenue in Falls Church, is free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be provided and attendees will receive a free gift while quantities last.  


The Business Alliance of George Mason University is holding its 5th Annual Bootcamp for Growing Companies and Entrepreneurs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2008 at the McLean Hilton in Tysons Corner. The agenda will include sessions on financing, managing growth, employee recruitment and retention, sales and marketing and opportunities in energy, environmental services, security, and government contracting. The luncheon presentation, “Entrepreneurship—An Amazing Way of Life", will be presented by Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals and Vice Chairman Emeritus, AOL LLC. For more information visit


Family Magazine has published an article by Dr. Ralph Perrino of the Falls Church-based Northern Virginia Tutoring Service. “Community College: An Option Not to Be Ignored in College Planning” can be found in the January issue of the monthly publication or it can be accessed at  


JA&E Home Design Center has opened in the West End Plaza at 1077 W. Broad Street in Falls Church. With a kitchen and bath showroom in Alexandria, Home Design Center is a family owned and operated fully insured Class A Builder with plumbing and electrical licenses offering commercial and residential architecture, build and remodeling. The Home Design Center is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm. Visit for more information.


The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority announced that Jim Mayer has been elected as Chairman of the NVRPA Board. Mayer, who becomes only the fourth Chairman in the organization’s 49-year history, has been a part of the NVRPA Board since 2001. He previously served as the Board Treasurer, and most recently as Vice Chairman to Bill Dickinson. Su Webb, a board member since 2003, was named Vice Chairman and Brian Knapp, a board member since 2007, was named Treasurer. For more information about NVRPA’s conservation and education efforts visit


Lockheed Martin has been selected by Fairfax County to integrate, install and maintain a complete Audio/Visual systems suite at the county's new Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center (PSTOC). Under the four-year, $6.8 million contract, Lockheed Martin will install A/V systems in the new PSTOC that will include multiple large format video wall displays, streaming video and numerous flat screen displays. The system also features localized sound reinforcement, video conferencing, press connectivity, video projection, networked audio and video components, an in-house cable TV system, and A/V support for meeting rooms. PSTOC will be a state-of-the-art facility housing public safety response agencies at the county, state and regional levels. It is expected to become operational by fall 2008.


The Petland store in Fairfax is among the company's franchised stores nationwide
ranked among the best in pet retail franchises through Entrepreneur Magazine's 29th Annual Franchise 500. Overall, Petland, Inc. was ranked #202 earning them the top spot in the Pet Products category. According to, there are close to 3,000 active franchisors in the United States. Petland's ranking of 202 puts the company in the top 10 percent of all domestic franchises. For more information visit

Uncle George, a new eat-in/carry-out Falls Church restaurant, will be opening next month in the West End Shopping Center at 1078 W. Broad Street. Uncle George, which will feature chicken, ribs and burgers, is owned and operated by the Home Design Center family which recently opened the new Falls Church location right next door. An exact opening date has not been determined.


The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) Division of International Trade announced today that ASIS, Inc. of Falls Church was accepted into the December 2007 class of the Accessing International Markets (AIM) program. The year-long export development program helps Virginia companies pursue new business opportunities overseas. The December 2007 class will target countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. ASIS, Inc. is an Information Technology (IT) small business specializing in delivering project management software solutions and IT services. To learn more about the AIM program visit