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Business News & Notes: June 18 – 24, 2009


Doodlehopper 4 Kids in Falls Church is expanding into the space formerly occupied by For Eyes.  The expansion will double the space for the local retailer of children’s apparel, books and educational toys.


Doodlehopper 4 Kids in Falls Church is expanding into the space formerly occupied by For Eyes.  The expansion will double the space for the local retailer of children’s apparel, books and educational toys. Because the two spaces are not contiguous, Doodlehopper will become two stores. The existing location, Doodlehopper 1, will carry gifts, clothes and toys for infants and toddlers. The new location, Doodlehopper, Too, will have a much larger children’s book department and toys for children ages four and up.  The expansion will likely be complete in late July or early August. Doodlehopper 4 Kids, which also has a Springfield location, was recently named by Northern Virginia Magazine as the #1 Retailer for Children. The current Falls Church location is at 228 W. Broad Street. The new location will be at 234 W. Broad Street. For more information, visit


Falls Church-based JDG Communications has been acquired by Vienna-based Sage Communications. JDG ( is a full-service marketing firm that specializes in providing strategic marketing services that range from research and strategy to creative execution for government, corporate and nonprofit clients in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. Sage ( specializes in integrated marketing communications, branding, and public relations for technology, government and healthcare clients. JDG President Len Johnson will continue to lead the JDG team as a subsidiary of Sage Communications focusing on awareness and outreach programs for government agencies. As a result of the acquisition, Sage’s current staff of 25 people will increase by 50 percent. All employees will operate out of the Sage office in Vienna.


Catherine Keightley has been named as the new executive director of Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia located in Fairfax. Girls on the Run is a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives and opportunities for girls by preparing them for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Keightley has more than 15 years experience developing efficient processes, collaborative team-building and growth development. For more information, visit




Needham, Mitnick & Pollack, PLC and Benton, Potter & Murdoch, PC are co-sponsoring the June Networking Mixer for the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce from 5:30 pm -7pm, on Tuesday, June 23.  The event will celebrate NM&P’s first year anniversary in their location in Suite 210, 400 S. Maple Street in Falls Church. Chamber members and friends of the business community are welcome to enjoy refreshments, tour the office space, and network with local business leaders. NM&P ( is a woman-owned law firm focused on the fields of elder law, disability planning and estate planning. BP&M ( is a women and minority-owned law firm with expertise in federal, state and local government contracts, health law, civil litigation, corporate and business law. For more information, call 703-532-1050.


“Greening Your Small Business,” a free seminar hosted by the Arlington Economic Development Authority and the Arlington Initiative to Reduce Emissions (AIRE), will be held Wednesday, June 24 from 8 – 10 a.m. The seminar will focus on conserving resources, cutting waste and how AIRE can help small businesses implement a variety of green measures. The seminar will be held at the Arlington Economic Development office located at 1100 N. Glebe Road, Suite 1500 in Arlington. Registration is free but required. For more information, visit


The Digital Media Conference will take place Thursday, June 25 at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner. More than 500 participants will participate in discussions and networking focused on the top business issues impacting digital media companies. The 2009 event includes two tracks — one on online media and the other on mobile media along with keynotes, panels, breakfast, networking breaks, lunch and reception. Topics include Breaking Down Social Media: Opportunities & Challenges for Content Owners, Brands & Marketers Mobile Entertainment: Betting on the Third Screen, Investing in Digital Media in a Down Market, and Mobile Apps: Innovations for the Future.  For more information, visit