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This Week’s Business News and Notes

August 23 – 29, 2007

Comfort One Shoes has partnered with DC Central Kitchen to donate the clogs for the men and women who go through the Culinary Job Training Program. With the help of Dansko, a premiere clog company popular in the restaurant industry, they are providing brand new clogs to DC Central Kitchen trainees, who will soon be starting their new jobs. With this donation, students will be better prepared to succeed in professional kitchens. For more information about DCCK visit www.dccentralkitchen.org. For information about Comfort One go to www.comfortoneshoes.com.

 

Design Frames of Falls Church was recognized by DÉCOR Magazine, a national trade publication serving the art and framing industry, in their Top 100 Art & Framing Retailers Awards program. The annual program honors many of the nation’s best art and framing retailers across the United States. Entries are judged by a panel of industry experts at the magazine’s national headquarters in St. Louis. Top 100 winners will participate in an awards ceremony at the DÉCOR Expo September 7 – 9 and will be highlighted in the magazine’s October issue. Design Frames, owned by Mark Klostermeyer, MCPF, recently moved to 101 Rowell Court, Suite 100, Falls Church. For more information about Design Frames call 703-532-2660 or visit www.designframes.com.

 

Fair Oaks Mall is conducting a unique marketing campaign to generate back-to-school sales for its more than 190 retail stores, services and restaurants. The promotion provides students the opportunity to send family and friends a back-to-school wish list delivered by a personalized virtual version of themselves. Students may visit Fair Oaks Mall or www.findyourgo.com and transform a regular photo of themselves into a custom talking avatar — a virtual talking cartoon-like representation of a person. The Avatar Creation Station featuring newly released Auto Photo technology from Oddcast, will be in the Grand Court through September and the avatars will be available through October. Fair Oaks Shopping Center is located at the intersection of I-66 and Route 50 in Fairfax. For more information on Fair Oaks go to www.ShopFairOaksMall.com. For more information on the technology used in this promotion, go to www.oddcast.com.

 

PRS, Inc. recently accepted a check for $4,134 from the Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce (VTRCC) at the Chamber’s August Luncheon Meeting. Each year, as part of its mission to be the strategic link between area businesses and the community, the VTRCC donates a portion of the proceeds from its Annual Golf Tournament to a Chamber nonprofit member. PRS (formerly Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services) is community-based nonprofit organization that provides a full range of rehabilitation services for adults in Northern Virginia struggling with mental illness. For more information about PRS visit www.prsinc.org. For more information about the Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce visit www.vtrcc.org.

 

The Virginia Department of Transportation is hosting a VDOT Mega Project Outreach meeting on Friday, August 24 in Springfield. The session will review how Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Small, Women and Minority-owned companies are needed as sub-contractors or sub-consultants for Mega Projects.

Mega-projects include Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project, Dulles Corridor Project, HOT Lanes, Widening I-95, BRAC at Ft. Belvoir, and General Engineering Consultant Services Contract. Sessions are being offered at 9:30 am and at 1:00 pm. For questions call 703-383-2341. To register or for more information visit www.dba.state.va.us/events.

 

The Women’s Business Center of Northern Virginia is hosting Toolkit #4: Creating a Marketing Plan from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 24 and Customer Care Series: Closing Clients from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29. Both sessions will be held at the Community Business Partnership located at 7001 Loisdale Road, Suite C, in Springfield. For cost and registration information visit www.wbcnova.org.

 

The Financial Education Center is sponsoring The 3 P’s of Business: Product, Pricing & Profits, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29. The session, presented by Dr. BP Walker of Southeastern University, will be held at the Community Business Partnership, 7001 Loisdale Road, Suite C, Springfield, Va. Early Bird rate is $25.00 (if paid 7 days in advance) Call 703-768-1440 for more information.

Hughes Financial Solutions, Northern Virginia Tutoring Service, and Admissions Consultants are joining together to host a free College Workshop, Preparing, Applying and Funding. Parents of students who are planning to attend college during the next several years are encouraged to attend this workshop which will be held at the Falls Church Community Center on Saturday, September 29 from 3:00 -5:00 pm. Dr. Ralph G. Perrino (Northern Virginia Tutoring Service), Todd Hughes (Hughes Financial Solutions), and David Petersam (Admissions Consultants) will discuss issues that are on the minds of all parents of prospective college students. Seating is limited. To register, please call 877-778-5481.

 

Restaurants interested in participating in the 3rd Annual Taste of Falls Church should contact Jenny Elmore, Special Events Manager for the City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks division jelmore@fallschurchva.gov as soon as possible. Taste of Falls Church is being held in conjunction with the Falls Church Fall Festival taking place on Saturday, September 15. Call 703-248-5077 for more information.

 

The City of Falls Church Police Department is collecting emergency information for businesses located in the City. The information will only be used by the police department and only for emergency situations, such as burglary or fire. If you own or manage a business in the City of Falls Church, go to www.fallschurchva.gov to access the Business Update Survey.

 

The US Chamber of Commerce offers a wide variety of resources to the small business community on their website. The site offers tool kits, model business documents, forms, and information on government contracting, finance, sales and marketing, hiring, office management, insurance, security, start up, tax, trade and more. To access these resources, visit www.uschamber.com.

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