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Falls Church Business News & Notes




Vantage Fitness and PNC Bank have partnered to host a blood drive on Tuesday, July 15 from 3 – 8 p.m. The local gym and bank are both located in the Read Building at 402 W. Broad Street in Falls Church. Pre-registration is recommended. To arrange an appointment or learn more contact Marina El-Ghoul, Director of Community Outreach for Vantage Fitness, at 703-241-0565.


The Northern Virginia Tutoring Service, Hughes Financial Solutions, and Admissions Consultants are hosting a free seminar for parents of college bound students. “Preparing, Applying and Funding” will be presented on Wednesday, July 16 from 7 -9 p.m. for parents of students who are planning to attend college in the next several years. This workshop will be held at the Falls Church Community Center. Dr. Ralph Perrino (Northern Virginia Tutoring Service), Todd Hughes (Hughes Financial Solutions), and David Petersam (Admissions Consultants) will discuss issues that are on the minds of all parents of prospective college students. Registration is free but seating is limited. Call 877-855-1708 for more information or to register.


The deadline to nominate local businesses for Acacia Federal Savings Bank‘s Nice Guys Awards is Wednesday, July 16. This is a terrific opportunity to acknowledge the businesses in the Falls Church area that provide outstanding customer care, community service, or an emphasis on ethics. Nominations are also being accepted for nonprofit organizations that provide hope, create opportunities, and find creative ways to care and for individuals who help others, show integrity, volunteer, and share resources. Visit www.NiceGuysAwards.com to learn more or to place your nomination(s) before the July 16 deadline.


The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce and the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting a “Young Professional’s Mixer” at Clare & Don’s Beach Shack from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 17. Young professionals interested in networking with their peers from McLean and Falls Church are invited to attend. The event is free and drink specials will be available. Clare & Don’s (www.clareanddons.com) is located at 130 N. Washington Street in Falls Church.


The Northern Virginia Society for Resource Management is hosting Work/Life Balance – What Employers Need to Know about Competing for Your Employees’ Time” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22. The seminar will focus on the employment law issues arising from the tension between employee as worker and employee as parent and/or caregiver. Issues to be addressed include Pregnancy Discrimination, the EEOC’s recent Guidance on Caregiver Discrimination, and relevant sections of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Tickets are $35 for members, $45 for non-members. The seminar will take place at the Hilton McLean Tysons, 7920 Jones Branch Drive in McLean. Register at www.NOVASHRM.org.


Healthy by Intention is celebrating its 10th year of service to Falls Church by offering Falls Church City staff, teachers, firemen and police officers $10 off one hour or longer massage therapy sessions through September 1, 2008. Its affiliate, the Falls Church Caring Center, which is celebrating its 5th year in the City, is offering free Energy Work for anyone interested on Thursday evenings from 7:30 – 9 p.m. Both are located at 100 N. Washington Street, Suite 307. Call 703-534-1321 for information or an appointment.


Falls Church resident Dr. Craig L. Urbauer has joined Tenon Consulting as a director. In this role, Dr. Urbauer will lead Tenon’s efforts in healthcare-oriented public/private emergency management solutions. Tenon Consulting provides general management and operations consulting services to commercial, healthcare, and public sector organizations and spearheads public/private solutions to natural disasters, public health emergencies, or acts of terrorism. The firm is based in Georgia and maintains offices in New York and Virginia. For information visit www.tenonsolutions.com.


The Independence Square Condominium board recently appointed new officers for 2008-9. Dr. Paul Cannon of the Falls Church Foot and Ankle Center will serve as President, Jim Defay of The Pragma Corporation is Vice President, Helen Chapman of HRC Properties LLC is Secretary, and Dr. Gordon Theisz of Family Medicine in Falls Church is Treasurer. Gayle Matthews of Gayle B. Matthews Ltd. served as president for many years and will continue to be involved. Independence Square, also known as Hailey’s Corner, is located at the corner of E. Broad Street and S. Washington Street in Falls Church.


The Business Bank has earned a 5-Star Superior rating from independent bank rating and research firm BauerFinancial, Inc. The rating is based on the overall financial picture of the bank and indicates that The Business Bank is one of the strongest banks in the nation. Established in 1981, The Business Bank operates through offices in Arlington, McLean, Reston, Sterling, Vienna and Tysons Corner and can also be found on the internet at www.businessbankva.com. BauerFinancial, Inc. has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution pays for its rating. For more information visit www.bauerfinancial.com.