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Falls Church Business News and Notes




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Atlantic Realty Companies, the Falls Church News-Press and The Young Group have all renewed their Partner Level Sponsorship with the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce.

Point of View Eyewear has renewed its Gold Level Sponsorship while Tax Analysts has signed on at that level for the first time. Additional companies to renew their commitment to the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce in 2009 include Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust, Falls Church Animal Hospital, and William V. Dougherty III, DDS at the Silver Level and the Falls Church Housing Corporation and Northern Virginia Tutoring Service at the Bronze Level. For information about sponsorship opportunities with the Falls Church Chamber, call Sally Cole at 703-532-1050 or email [email protected]

Carriage Trade Travel Services is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. Founded in Ballston/Arlington by Jack Thompson and Laurel Levaggi, the office relocated to the Falls Church in 2003. Known for their slogan “We can’t miss you if you don’t go away”, Carriage Trade Travel Services has developed a reputation for providing professional and personalized service for arranging all travel needs whether for business or pleasure and has continued to grow through referrals and new contacts. Inquiries are invited by calling Laurel Levaggi at 703 827-0850, Carolyn Day at 703 538-5997 or via email at [email protected].

ClearedJobs.Net is extending its use of various social networking sites to bring more resources to job seekers holding security clearances in search of jobs and new career opportunities in the security cleared industry. Through popular social networks and online communities such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr, ClearedJobs.Net provides security cleared job seekers with a wider-reaching audience, the ability to connect with other security cleared job seekers and more accessibility to recruiters and employers in the security cleared space. ClearedJobs.Net has already been using YouTube as a platform for sharing its How To videos which provide online support for key topics like How to Work a Job Fair. The ClearedJobs.Net Facebook page includes articles, videos and information about timely events important to job seekers in the security cleared community. ClearedJobs.Net’s customer service team utilizes Twitter to help U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families as they prepare to transition from the military. ClearedJobs.Net utilizes Flickr to showcase its staff in action as a way to introduce jobs seekers to the team as well as to reinforce the job board’s position as an integral part of the defense and intelligence community located in the Washington DC area. ClearedJobs.Net, located in Falls Church, provides services and products to the security cleared community. For more information visit www.ClearedJobs.Net.

Smitty’s Building Supply, which has been in business since 1975, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. According to a letter from Rick Smith, Smitty’s CEO, the move was caused by the decline in the housing market coupled with debt associated with acquisitions. The reorganization will enable Smitty’s to obtain financing and secure protections to enable them to continue operations and be competitive in the marketplace. Smitty’s is headquartered in Alexandria and has locations in McLean, Manassas, McLean, Rockville, and has a window division in Falls Church.

Events

The Business Bank has announced that the keynote speaker for the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce‘s Power Networking Luncheon on Thu, Feb 5 will be The Honorable Bobbie Kilberg, President & CEO of the Northern Virginia Technology Council. NVTC is recognized as the national leader in providing the technology community with specialized services and public policy advocacy. The event will be held from 11:30 to 1 PM at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Tysons located at 1960-A Chain Bridge Road in McLean. Reservations for the event are $25.00 and may be placed at www.mcleanchamber.org or by calling 703-356-5424.

Resources

The Virginia Department of Business Assistance now has “An Interactive Guide to Starting a Business in Virginia” available online – for free. The guide provides assistance and resources for entrepreneurs starting or growing a small business. For information about downloading the guide or to find out about the many free services offered by the VA DBA, visit www.dba.state.va.us/.