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F.C. Business News & Notes: December 17 – 23, 2009


The Falls Church City Council has appointed longtime Falls Church resident and businessman Phil Duncan to the City’s Economic Development Authority.

The EDA is a seven-member citizen panel authorized by Virginia statute to perform a variety of functions promoting economic development, including purchasing, leasing and selling property, providing tax-exempt financing, and advising Council on development issues and proposals.  Duncan, a 10-year member of the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, is Founder and President of Civicatalyst Communications, which provides editorial, event-planning, and public relations services to educational and civic organizations. A major focus of its work is promoting the programs and resources of the Center on Congress at Indiana University, directed by former U.S. Rep. Lee H. Hamilton. Duncan has served with a variety of City focused organizations including the Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Transportation, the City Center Task Force, the Business in Education Partnership, the Falls Church Education Foundation, the Falls Church Kiwanis Little League, and the George Mason High School Athletic Boosters Association. In 2001 he received the “Pillar of the Community” Award from the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. For more information on the EDA visit the City’s website at


The Young Group was recognized last night by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Falls Church City Council for its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Gold Certification for the “Flower Building” located at 800 W. Broad Street.  The building, which was designed by Butz-Wilbern the architectural firm now housed in the same building, is one of seven Gold LEED Certified Buildings in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification that provides verification that a building or community was designed and built with a focus on energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. For more information about the building and/or available commercial space, contact The Young Group at 703-356-8800.


Lifematters has opened a new location at 609 Park Avenue in Falls Church. Lifematters provides a variety of personal care options including custodial care, personal hygiene, alzheimer’s related needs, dressing and daily care activities, light housekeeping, errand running, mal preparation, companionship, medical reminders and one on one care during hospital stays.  For more information contact President Craig Goodman at 703-635-3729 or visit



Dogwood Tavern‘s U.S. Marine Corp Toys for Tots campaign will end the evening of Friday, December 18. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off in the vestibule at the front of the restaurant until 9 pm.  Members of the Marine Corps will be at the restaurant from 5-9 pm to meet families and children and pick up the boxes of collected toys. Dogwood Tavern is located at 132 W Broad Street, Call 703-237-8333 for details.


The Falls Church News-Press is hosting its annual holiday party on Monday, December 21 at ArtSpace Falls Church, the new flexible art space in the City of Falls Church. The event will include refreshments by Ledo Pizza and live entertainment by George Mason High School students.  ArtSpace Falls Church is located in the Pearson Square Building at 410 S. Maple Avenue. For more information contact the Falls Church News-Press at 703-532-3267.


The Virginia Department of Business Assistance, Falls Church Chamber of Commerce and the Falls Church City Economic Development Office are sponsoring “Entrepreneur Express: Moving Your Business Forward” from 8 am to noon on Thursday, January 14.  The workshop is designed to provide information on available business resources and deliver practical, hands-on training covering key elements of business practice. This is the third year this workshop has been offered in Falls Church.  Entrepreneur Express will take place at the Falls Church Community Center at 223 Little Falls Street.  The event is free but seating is limited.  Go to to register.



The Business News & Notes section is compiled by Sally Cole, Executive Director of Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. She may be e-mailed at