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Falls Church Business News and Notes




A “Pre-Holiday Shopping Bonanza” is being held at Oakwood Apartments from 5-7:30 p.m., Fri., Nov. 7. Free hot chocolate will be provided to those shopping the more than 15 local network marketing vendors.

The event will be in Oakwood’s Capitol Room at 501 Roosevelt Boulevard in Falls Church. Call (703) 534-7702 for details.

Curves Falls Church is sponsoring an international craft fair to support disadvantaged women and artisans around the world on Sat, Nov. 8 from noon to 4 p.m. Crafts will include fair trade jewelry, home décor, and gifts from Ten Thousand Villages of Alexandria; Kenyan bags, dolls, and kitchen items; Peruvian handicrafts; South African beaded crafts and jewelry, Tanzanian and Cambodian crafts and more! Purchases can be made with cash or checks only – all proceeds are returned to the artisans overseas. Clay Café Studios, Doodlehopper, Natalia’s Elegant Creations, Pho 88, Maneki Neko, Falls Church Antique Center and other neighboring stores will offer specials to make this a festive block fair in downtown Falls Church. Curves is located at 240 W. Broad Street in Falls Church. Call 703-536-0140 for more info.

Vantage Fitness is hosting an event featuring USA Skeleton Team Member and 2014 Olympic hopeful, Tom Abbey from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Sat., Nov. 8. Abbey will speak about his sport and training methods and provide a first hand look the tools of his trade including his sled that propels him, head first, to speeds of 70 mph. Contributions to help fund Abbey’s training costs, expected to be more than $14,000 this season, will be accepted. Vantage Fitness is located on the second floor of 402 W. Broad Street in Falls Church. Visit www.vantage-fitness.com for more info.

Solano Spine and Sport Chiropractic in Falls Church has teamed up with the Professional Football Players Mothers Association to conduct a food drive in November to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. The month long event will include a reception on Tues., Nov. 11 from 6-8pm at the Solano office located at 313 Park Avenue, Suite 100A. The event will include snacks, refreshments, door prizes, a silent auction and the opportunity to meet Michael Weiss and other sports celebrities. Attendees are asked to bring a food drive donation. Donations will be accepted at the same location all month long. Businesses interested in providing auction items can email [email protected]. Check www.solanospine.com/fooddrive.htm for updates.

The Falls Church branch of TD Bank (formally known as Commerce Bank) is hosting “Fall into Fashion”, a catered reception with raffles, entertainment and networking from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wed, Nov. 12. The event will also be a clothes drive for Dress for Success and Menzfit. Bring gently used suits or professional wear to donate or use the bank’s Penny Arcade to donate spare change. Tax deductible donations receipts will be provided. RSVP to 703-237-2051 or [email protected]. The Falls Church TD Bank is located at 6198 A Arlington Boulevard.

The second annual Entrepreneur Express in Falls Church will take place from 8:30 a.m. – noon on Wed, Nov. 12 at the Northern Virginia Center on Haycock Road. The event is hosted by the Falls Church City Economic Development Office, the Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center, and the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. Session topics include starting a business, building an existing business, the current economy’s impact on financing, and available resources. The event is free but registration is required – go to www.vastartup.org or call 804-371-8131.

During the third quarter of 2008, the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority provided services to 20 businesses that will create an additional 785 jobs in Fairfax County. So far this year the FCEDA has worked with 60 companies that will add more than 1,900 jobs to the county. Most of the companies that worked with the FCEDA in the third quarter are in information technology and professional services sectors. For more information visit www.FairfaxCountyEDA.org

Noblis, Inc., a nonprofit science, technology and strategy organization based in Falls Church, was one of five technology companies selected for the national capital area 2008 Green Leadership Awards. The awards honor the best examples of how to promote green goals and benefits. More than 100 technology companies were nominated in the national capital area. Noblis was recognized for its new carbon footprint analysis software. Utilizing its greenhouse gas (GHG) enterprise model, Noblis estimates its energy-saving efforts have cut its carbon emissions by 160.72 tons, or more than seven percent, in the first six months of 2008 compared to the same time period in 2007. Noblis is a nonprofit science, technology and strategy organization that helps clients solve complex scientific, systems, process, and infrastructure problems in ways to benefit the public. Noblis recently was named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” for 2008 by the Ethisphere Institute at a joint conference with Forbes magazine. For more information about Noblis, see www.noblis.org. For more information about the 2008 Green Leadership Awards, see www.bisnow.com/events/greenawards08.htm.

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