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F.C. Business News & Notes: November 19 – 25, 2009


In conjunction with their 50th anniversary Murray, Jonson, White & Associates have established a $50,000 scholarship to help promising college students pursue an accounting degree.

The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants Educational Foundation will administer the scholarship which will award $2,500 each year to a Virginia accounting student. The student must be currently enrolled in an accredited Virginia college or university and demonstrate academic excellence and financial need. For more information about the accounting firm or its scholarship program, call 703-237-2500.

The wedding of Falls Church resident Hope Galley to William Kurpiel was highlighted in the Washington Post‘s “On Love” column on Sunday, November 15. Galley was the winner of the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce‘s 2009 James S. Elkin Memorial Award for Humanitarianism. The article is available online

Computer Sciences Corp., the Falls Church-based information technology services company, won a $75 million subcontract from Lockheed Martin Corp. to provide data center support. Computer Sciences said it will operate a Baltimore facility for the U.S. Census Bureau, processing more than 65 million filings related to the 2010 census over a 15-month period. The company said it will hire 2,500 contract employees to help with the work, including hires at its subcontractors. For more information visit

A new web-based tool has been created by the Internal Revenue Service to help small business owners plan for retirement. The “Retirement Plan Navigator” helps small business owners choose the right plan, maintain their plan, and correct a plan. It includes comparisons of pension plans and provides a checklist and resources to help employers keep their retirement plans in compliance. Visit for more information.

Nicholas F. Benton confirmed that while his corporation, Benton Communications, Inc., had won a bid to obtain the assets of the Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest gay community newspaper was closed without his advanced knowledge earlier this week. Benton had hoped to acquire the paper from its bankrupt parent company for purposes of a seamless perpetuation of its legacy, its employees, and its service to its community regionally and nationally. The process to complete the sale continued for months through e-mail, telephone and mail contact until as recently as Nov. 6, just 10 days before the news came on Nov. 16 that the Blade and other Window Media publications had been abruptly terminated.



The Washington Business Journal and sponsors ACG National Capital, Cigna and Grossberg Co. are honoring the area’s top CFO’s on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at the W Washington DC hotel. The CFO of the Year Awards will be presented at 7pm following a 6:30 cocktail reception. For more information visit

Clay Café Studios will host its 9th Annual Homeless Shelter FUNraiser on Wednesday, December 9 from 7-9 p.m. For $25, participants can paint an ornament, plate, bowl or mug from a select group. Refreshments and door prizes will be available. Clay Café donates all profits directly to the Shelter. Call 703-534-7600 or drop by 101 N. Maple for reservations as space is limited. For more info visit

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 85th Annual Meeting at the Sheraton National Hotel on Friday, December 11 at 11:30 a.m. Ted Leonsis, Chairman and Majority Owner of the Washington Capitals, will be the Keynote Speaker. TD Bank is serving as the Grand Sponsor with additional support from Comcast; Dominion; Bean, Kinney & Korman, PC; Crystal Gateway Marriott; John Marshall Bank; Kettler; Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, United Bank, Virginia Commerce Bank; a.k.a. spot; and IDI Group Companies. For more information visit