Falls Church Business News and Notes


Peer2Peer Tutors has partnered with the Falls Church Education Foundation to launch once per week student-to-student tutoring through the Wilden Project at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School.

The Wilden Project is an after-school program for students in grades 4 – 6 who are at-risk for academic failure. Students who would not otherwise have a computer at home are given a computer and attend the after-school program three days per week. Now, tutoring will also be available to these students free of charge with Peer2Peer Tutors. The Wilden Project was made possible through a generous contribution from Bob Wilden’s to the Falls Church Education Foundation. Since then, other community members and companies have made contributions to continue the effective after school program. For information on Peer2Peer Tutors call 240-744-2470 or email For information on the FC Education Foundation or the Wilden Project, visit

Provident Bankshares Corporation, the parent company of Provident Bank (, announced stockholder approval of a merger with M&T Bank Corporation. M&T Bank Corporation is a bank holding company with $65.8 billion in assets, whose banking subsidiaries, M&T Bank ( and M&T Bank National Association, operate branch offices in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. M&T Bank operates more than 680 branches and 1,600 ATMs. Provident Bank has $6.6 billion in assets serving individuals and businesses through a current branch network of 142 offices in Maryland, Virginia, and southern York County, Pennsylvania. The merger will cause Provident Banks to become M&T Bank likely by the end of May.

“Tasting Merrifield” a guide to dining in Merrifield is now available from the Greater Merrifield Business Association. The dining guide is filled with money saving coupons from participating restaurants and includes the location, phone number, delivery options and more for over 20 restaurants in Merrifield. Call 703-208-1161 to obtain a copy. A similar guide, “Treats & Eats in the City”, is available through the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce by calling 703-532-1050 or emailing It is also available online at


Three local, independently owned and operated businesses have partnered to host a free college planning workshop. “Preparing, Applying and Funding” will be held on Monday, April 20 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Arlington Public Library – Central (1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington). Parents and students are encouraged to attend the workshop which will cover preparation for academic success, the application process, and funding opportunities. Speakers include Dr. Ralph Perrino from Northern Virginia Tutoring Service, David Petersam from Admissions Consultants and Todd Hughes from Strategic College Funding Solutions. Admission is free. For more information visit

The Falls Church Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Merrifield Business Association are co-hosting a Networking Luncheon on Tuesday, April 21 featuring a presentation on the local economy by Dr. Stephen Fuller, Regional Director of the Center for Regional Analysis from George Mason University. The luncheon will take place 11:30am-1:30pm at the Italian Café located at 7161 Lee Highway in Falls Church. Tickets are $27 for Chamber members and $32 for nonmembers. An additional $5 will be charged for walk-ins, should space be available. Chamber members and Falls Church businesses are to RSVP to or 703-532-1050. GMBA members and Merrifield businesses are to RSVP to or 703-849-1200.

The Falls Church Curves is hosting Living Your Passion, from 1:30-2:30 on Saturday, April 25 at the Falls Church Community Center located at 223 Little Falls in Falls Church. The seminar, which is being offered by Life and Wellness Coach Monica Thakrar, will provide practical, proven strategies to identify your passions and take steps towards achieving them. There is no fee to attend the seminar, but space is limited. Call 703-536-0140 to RSVP. For more information visit