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F.C. Business News & Notes: January 14 – 20, 2009


Falls Church Cabinetry, winner of the Falls Church City’s Most Improved Commercial Property Award in March 2008, has closed its doors at 1001 S. West Street in Falls Church.

The business relocated from the Merrifield area to Falls Church in the fall of 2007. Falls Church Cabinetry, which was independently owned and operated, offered custom, furniture-quality, in-set panel cabinetry at production pricing. The phone number has been disconnected but the web site,, is still up. Parties interested in leasing the space can contact 781-254-2038.


The Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce elected six new members to its Board of Directors. Kenneth Burnett from AXA Advisors, Barbara Cram from Greenscape, Greg Hassett from Wells Fargo Financial Advisors, Mary Lynn Hickey from the Falls Church Housing Corporation, Lyly Hoang-Kuo from Hoang’s Grill & Sushi Bar and Joe Wetzel from Jefferson One joined the Chamber Board this month. 2010 officers include Dr. Ralph Perrino from NVA Tutoring Service as Chairman, Michael Ankuma from Joint Technology Solution, Inc. as Chair-Elect and Treasurer, Dr. William V. Dougherty, III DDS as Vice Chairman of Membership, Christopher Bergin from Tax Analysts as Vice Chairman of Fund Development, John Rodock of Ober|Kaler as Vice Chairman of Legislation, Karen Akers as Vice Chairman of Programs, and Marina Westbrook of Burke & Herbert as Secretary. For information visit


Virginia Commerce Bank has opened its 28th branch in Dumfries. The full service, Arlington-based bank, with $2.7 billion in assets, serves the Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg markets with twenty-eight branches, a mortgage lending office and an investment services department. The Falls Church branch is located at 7115 Leesburg Pike. For more information visit



Falls Church Jazzercise is competing for the best fitness program, one of NBC4 Golden Awards created to recognize DC area businesses for outstanding quality. Votes can be case at the Fitness Challenge booth (#948) at the NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo Saturday January 16 and Sunday, January 17 at the DC Convention Center. The winner will be announced on TV in February Jazzercise demo classes will be taking place on both days from noon – 12:45 p.m.The event is free and open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days. For directions visit


Matt Smith of the Falls Church-based advertising agency SmithGifford will be the featured speaker of the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce’s Networking Luncheon on Tuesday, January 19. Smith will present on “The Little City”, the branding effort conducted on behalf of the City of Falls Church. The Luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Italian Café located at 7161 Lee Highway, Falls Church. RSVPs are required. Tickets are $27 for members, $32 for nonmembers. An additional $5 is charged for walk-ins. Contact the Chamber at or 703-532-1050 for reservations.


Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D, President & CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, will present at the Greater Merrifield Business Association‘s Luncheon at 11:30 on Thursday, January 21 at the Italian Café. Dr. Gordon will address the EDA’s efforts to attract major businesses to Fairfax. Tickets are $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers. Reservations are required by 3pm on Wednesday, January 20. Email


Bisnow is hosting “Where do Women Stand II” featuring a panel of some of the most powerful women in the Washington area on Friday, January 22. Panelists, including BET Networks’ Chairman & CEO Debra Lee, Microsoft’s US Federal Government Vice President Theresa Carlson, and the American Bar Association’ President Carolyn Lamm, will discuss the state of women in business today to take a look to the year ahead. The event will take place at Sequoia Restaurant, 3000 K Street, NW. Networking will begin at 7:45 p.m. The panel discussion is scheduled from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Go to for more information or 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