This Week

January 24 – 30, 2008

Hughes Financial Solutions is hosting a Free College Funding discussion at Stacy’s Coffee Parlor on Thursday, January 24 from 7 – 8 p.m. All parents with High School children are urged to attend. “Coffee Time with College Funding” will address how the financial aid process really works, how to qualify for more aid, how to pay for college the most tax efficient way, etc. Reservations are free but are required. Call 877-855-1708 or register online at  


Your Community PhoneBook is soliciting advertisers for its 2008/2009 Falls Church edition which also covers Seven Corners, Bailey’s Crossroads, Lake Barcroft and Pimmit Hills. The phone book, commonly referred to as “the red book”, includes maps, a street guide, commuter services, stadium, theaters and performing arts, parks and recreation, and places of interest as well as coupons, yellow pages, and business and residential white pages. It is distributed to approximately 51,000 homes and businesses in the area. The deadline for purchasing advertising is Wednesday, February 13. For more information about the opportunities available, contact Dave Klett, at 703-966-8271 or Chris Maurer at 703-424-4341.


UpClick Marketing, a search engine marketing and online social marketing firm, is launching a search for local businesses willing to participate in W2DotZero, a unique Web 2.0 social marketing program. UpClick is seeking to make one small business the first in the region to benefit from Web 2.0’s techniques for promoting and managing their business online. UpClick will provide marketing via online social outlets, creation and frequent updates to a blog on the company’s website, search engine optimization, and local promotion on Google and Yahoo search engines free of charge to one lucky business. Eligibility requirements and more information are available at  The winner will be selected no later than February 15 and announced on the website.


The Falls Church Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 2008 Awards Gala and Silent Auction on Saturday, March 8 at the Clarendon Ballroom. Nominations are now being accepted for the Chamber’s Pillar of the Community Award, its Carroll V. Shreve Award, its Chamber Appreciation Award, and it’s James S. Elkin Award for Humanitarianism. Gala organizing committee members include Clay Café Studios’ Gayla Hassett, community volunteer and business supporter Edna Frady, Long & Foster realtor Tori McKinney, Vantage Fitness owner Garrett Rambler, and Argia’s owner Adam Roth. Additional information is available by contacting the Chamber office at 703-532-1050 or


BlogPotomac, an “un-conference” to provide corporate and organizational social media marketers advanced insights beyond an average "101" social media event will be held June 13 at The State Theater in Falls Church. Sponsored by Livingston Communications, Viget Labs, and WorldBiz, Inc., this day-long event will feature a total of seven speakers, including an opening keynote by Lionel Menchaca, digital media manager and chief blogger, Direct2Dell and a luncheon keynote by Frank Gruber, product manager of social media platforms at AOL. All profits from the $75 per ticket price will benefit The Electronic Frontier Foundation. For additional details on when tickets will be available for purchase, check


Falls Church-based ISProductions has announced a new version of its FolioLink photography and art website service that automatically optimizes clients’ online portfolios for the iPhone interface. FolioLink offers iPhone interface compatibility for all subscriber websites enabling clients to quickly showcase images on location. The service has been designed for photographers and artists who want designer websites that they themselves can easily manage and update. Three different account types allow subscribers to choose the functionality and site features they want from a simple HTML presentation, to FLASH designer websites, to the new Pro Account with proofing and an image archive. Anyone can try the service with a free seven-day trial account. FolioLink is a service of ISProductions which focuses on the development of Internet tools geared to help photographers and artists capitalize on the business opportunities of the web. For more information visit


Pearson Square LLC sold Pearson Square, the luxury apartment building located at 410 S. Maple Avenue in Falls Church to Transwestern Investment Co. and its affiliate, Transwestern Multifamily Partners, for $100.8 million. The recently completed property, which was developed by Atlantic Realty Companies, includes 19,000 square feet of retail space, 230 one, two, and three-bedroom apartments, underground parking, a fitness center, a pool and a club room. For more information about the Chicago-based Transwestern Investment Co. visit


The Analysis Group, LLC, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business specializing in novel techniques for research, analysis, and articulation of key Department of Defense issues-has for a second consecutive year been selected as one of the 50 fastest-growing companies in the Washington area by SmartCEO magazine. SmartCEO's Future 50 recognizes the 50 fastest-growing companies in the greater DC area based on employee and revenue growth. TAG’s revenue growth from 2003 through 2006 was 508.9 percent — with its 2007 growth topping 2006 revenues by 124 percent. The Analysis Group was previously named to Inc. Magazine's "Inc. 5000" with a ranking of 5th on the magazine's first-ever list of the 100 fastest-growing private defense contractors nationwide. The company was also recognized as a "Fantastic 50" business by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce's Virginia Business Magazine, as one of the 50 fastest growing companies within the Commonwealth of Virginia. For more information visit