Falls Church Business News & Notes

George Mason High School is reaching out to the business community to support its efforts to raise $10,000 to support the citizens of Myanmar. The tropical cyclone Nargis left an estimated 100,000 people dead and tens of thousands homeless, injured and dying. George Mason students are seeking corporate sponsorships and donations of money, food, and sellable items for a yard sale that will take place on June 7. If you wish to make a contribution towards the relief effort contact project Suzanne Planas at (703) 248-3039 or

The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation and the City of Falls Church are providing Falls Church businesses a free promotional opportunity to tie-in with the John Jackson Blues Festival Friday, June 13 through Sunday, June 15. The Festival will feature the Blues each day all over town. Businesses are being invited to host Blues themed events and/or serve Blues themed products or services on any or all of those dates. Art and Frame of Falls Church, Bangkok Blues, Dogwood Tavern, Creative Cauldron, Falls Church Arts, Ireland’s Four Provinces, The State Theatre, and Shreve McGonegal have already signed on – visit for information for a copy of the schedule or to learn about how your business can take advantage of this promotional opportunity.  

Falls Church Pilates has hired three new mat instructors. Maureen Culhane teaches on Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., Kathryn Long on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., and Lori Popovich on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Thursdays at 6 p.m. Falls Church Pilates offers a wide variety of Pilates and yoga classes, now including The Tower Workout, a full body toning and strengthening mat class using arm and leg springs. Falls Church Pilates is located in Suite 100 of The Byron at 513 W. Broad Street. For more information visit  

The Falls Church office of Reed Smith LLP has been named by the Fairfax County Public Schools as its “2007-08 Partner of the Year,” for the firm’s public service on behalf of Graham Road Elementary School. Reed Smith was honored for providing mentors to Graham Road students, attending school events to support their mentees, hosting musical performances at its offices, funding homework agenda books for all Graham Road students and teachers, and providing backpacks filled with enough school supplies for an entire year to each Graham Road student. Reed Smith is one of the 15 largest law firms in the world, with more than 1,600 lawyers in 23 offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. For more information, visit

 In a continuation of their award-winning campaign, the SmithGifford/Qorvis Communications partnership has created two new :30 spots promoting the Virginia Lottery. Fast Play “Dodge Ball,” a new game with a new play action, and “Harley-Davidson®” will begin airing throughout Virginia during the first week of June. Like all Virginia Lottery products, proceeds from the tickets benefit the state’s K-12 public school system. In "Dodge Ball," the Hero inadvertently dodges red dodge balls while all around him are hit. In "Harley-Davidson®," after watching a manly motorcycle driver gets redeems his masculinity by purchasing a Harley-Davidson® Scratcher ticket. SmithGifford ( is an award-winning full-service advertising agency headquartered in Falls Church. McLean-based Qorvis Communications LLC ( was responsible for Account Management, print and general marketing.

Fairfax County businesses now have the opportunity to sign up for Fairfax County’s Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN), a software program that sends emergency alerts and day-to-day updates about severe weather and traffic to registered Fairfax County users. Individuals and businesses can register to receive messages by phone, pager, e-mail and SMS text message. A unique feature of business registration is that it allows a business contact to add up to five employees to CEAN. Although the individual who registers is the main contact, all registered employees will receive CEAN messages. Networking multiple employees to CEAN is intended to foster businesses’ internal communication and emergency response programs. For more information or to register for CEAN as a business, go to and click on “register as a business.”


The U.S. Small Business Administration‘s Washington Metropolitan Area District Office and Business Development Assistance Group are hosting “Small Business: Gateway to the American Dream 2008 Awards Breakfast” from 8:30-11 a.m. on Friday, June 20. The Awards Breakfast will take place in The Atrium Ballroom of the Ronald Reagan Building, The Atrium Ballroom (lower level) 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. Awards will be granted to the Small Business Person of the Year, the Small Business Journalist of the Year, Financial Services Champion of the Year, Minority Small Business Champion of the Year, Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year, Women in Business Champion of the Year, Home-Based Business Champion of the Year, and the District Director’s Award. For more information go to