Business Notes

Business Notes

Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce

* Power Networking Breakfast — Thursday, Feb. 22, from 8-9:30 a.m., at Holiday Inn Select-Dulles Expo Center, 4335 Chantilly Shopping Center Dr., Chantilly. Business folks are invited to promote their business face to face via several rounds of networking. Hot buffet breakfast included. Fees: $25 in advance for Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce members or $30 at door; $35 non-members. Sign up at or call 571-323-5300 or e-mail

* Corporate Challenge Putt and Party for Charity. Friday, March 2, from 6-10 p.m., at Westfields Marriott Hotel, 14750 Conference Center Drive, Chantilly. Play in and/or sponsor a hole and experience an indoor miniature golf course professionally designed solely for this event. Hole sponsors may decorate their "real estate" and they'll enjoy a foursome, pre-and post-publicity and signage. Fees: $75 individual; $250 foursome; $1,500 for Hole Sponsor package. Sign up online at or call 571-323-5300.

* Mixer — Celebrate St. Paddy's Day. Thursday, March 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Dulles Marriott Suites, Worldgate Centre, Worldgate Dr., Herndon.

Mingle with business owners, professionals and area leaders at this annual St. Patrick's Day mixer, which includes food, open bar and networking. Fees: $10 Chamber members; $15 no-members. Pay at door.

BNI Northern Virginia will meet for "Coffee, Tea, You & Me" on Friday, Feb. 16 from 3-5 p.m. at Jamie's General Bean. Learn how to make your 45-second presentations sing. Use one-on-ones for business growth opportunities. Create a keynote speech that makes you a hero in your marketplace. Located at 13848 Lee Highway, Centreville. Call 703-201-4267.

R. W. Murray Co. of Chantilly has contributed more than $62,000 to 22 charitable organizations. The company takes a unique approach to charitable giving by allowing each employee to designate the recipient organization and the donation is made on behalf of the employee. The donation amount is based upon the employee’s length of service with the company. The recipient organizations in 2006 included the following organizations:

Prince William County Chapter, American Red Cross * Special Olympics of Virginia * SERVE (PWC) * Linton Hall School * Virginia Weslyan College/SYA Select * Global Fund for Women * St. Jude’s Children's Research Hospital * World Challenge * USO World HQ * Holy Trinity Catholic Church * Fauquier County SPCA * American Friends of Meir Panim * The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society * The Heights School * Osbourn Park High School Drama Department * Southwestern Youth Association * Fauquier Free Clinic * Union Mill Elementary School * Leeds Episcopal Church * Juvenile Diabetes * Hospice of Fauquier * Stop Child Abuse Now * Covenant Presbyterian Church.

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) is hosting a series of three workshops for small business owners and entrepreneurs who are interested in entering the export market. Topics will include an overview of state and federal government resources, market research, the exporting process and export financing. The workshops will be held Feb. 27 and March 27. Participants will receive a Certificate of Training for attending all three sessions. There is no charge for the workshops but pre-registration is required. All sessions will be held at the FCEDA offices in Tysons Corner, 8300 Boone Blvd., Suite 450, Vienna. To register for the workshop, call 703-790-0600 or sign up online at

The Leadership Conference will be held Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McLean Hilton in Tysons Corner. This is an annual event hosted by The Women’s Center that connects leaders and business professionals across the metropolitan area. This year’s Conference will focus on “The Power of Connection,” and will bring together some 800 individuals of varied backgrounds, professions, and ages in one unique and exciting event. Registration Fees: $150 – Center Circle Donors/Members; $175 – Individual Registration/Non-members; $185 – Registration and Center Circle Donor Membership Fee. The McLean Hilton is at 7920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean. Visit The Women’s Center Web site at or call 703-281-2657.

Leadership Fairfax Inc. (LFI), a nonprofit organization that develops current and rising leaders in Northern Virginia, is seeking candidates for its two leadership programs – the Leadership Fairfax Signature Program and the Emerging Leaders Institute. Interested candidates can attend a recruiting preview to learn more about LFI’s programs. Upcoming recruiting preview dates, times and locations are as follows:

* Tuesday, March 27 from 5:30-7 p.m. at The Tower Club, 8000 Towers Crescent Drive, Suite 1700, Vienna.

* Wednesday, April 11 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Road., Falls Church.

* Tuesday, April 17 from 7:30-9 a.m. at Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, 1763 Fountain Drive, Reston.

The programs are open to individuals who live or work in Northern Virginia. LFI selects participants each year from the business, government, education and nonprofit sectors of the Northern Virginia area. The application deadline for both the Leadership Fairfax Signature Program and the Emerging Leaders Institute is May 1. Applications are available on LFI’s Web,, site or by calling the LFI office at 703-752-7557.

MaggieMoo's Int'l and The Hershey Company are ringing in the New Year with a partnership Sealed with a Kiss — 100 kisses, to be exact. This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Hershey's Kisses Brand Chocolates, and MaggieMoo's is honoring the milestone with special ice cream treats and sweepstakes contest, "So Many Kisses — So Little Time," going on now through March at the Fair Lakes Treatery. Customers also will be able to enter a contest to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Hershey Park, in Hershey, PA. Visit

The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority announced the election of new officers to the NVRPA Board. The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority is governed by a 12-member policy-making Board. The city council or county board of each jurisdiction appoints two members to the NVRPA Board. NVRPA is made up of the counties of Loudoun, Fairfax and Arlington, and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax. William (Bill) Dickinson of Alexandria was reelected as the Board chairman and will begin his third one-year term in that position. The position of vice chair will be filled by James I. Mayer from Arlington County. Mayer had previously served as the Board treasurer. Joan G. Rokus, board member from Loudoun County, was elected to fill the position of treasurer, a position she had held previously with the organization. Rokus has also served in the past as Vice Chair of NVRPA, and used to serve as a member of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. Jeffrey Tarbert of Falls Church was elected to a seat as the fourth member of the NVRPA Executive Committee. Tarbert joined the NVRPA Board in 2005. He previously served as the Mayor of the City of Falls Church.

The Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) had no work time or days lost in 2006 due to accidents. At the January employee meetings, Construction Manager Skip Hollcroft credited the near-perfect record to employees following safety rules and procedures, which are reinforced at bimonthly safety meetings at the Cooperative. NOVEC has more than 300 employees Many of them work directly with electricity and dangerous industrial equipment.

The Centreville Rotary Club has moved its meeting location from the I-Hop in Centreville to the EggsSpectations Restaurant in Chantilly. The Rotary Club meets Tuesdays from 11:30-12:30 p.m. for lunch. There is a new guest speaker every week with topics ranging from estate planning to how the Rotary helps during emergencies. Contact Gregg Caldwell at

AARP Tax-Aide, a free, volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service, is seeking volunteers to electronically complete and file 2006 federal and state income tax forms. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome but ability to use a computer is a must. Evening and Saturday shifts are available. Tax counselors receive free tax training and become IRS certified by passing the IRS examination. Call Patty Callahan at 703-207-0056 or via email at or call toll-free 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669) or visit the Web site at

Business and Professional Women (BPW) of Greater Fairfax will host Courtney Lynch, co-founder of Lead Star and co-author of Leading From the Front, speaking on her experiences as a Marine officer and the ability to become better leaders. The monthly dinner meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 12 from 6:30-9 p.m., at Tysons Corner Embassy Suites, 8517 Leesburg Pike (Route 7), Vienna. Cost of the meeting is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Call Sandy Amato at 703-405-2631.

A Business Networks International (BNI) Referral Networking meeting takes place every Thursday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Centreville Lonestar Steakhouse off Route 29 in the Centreville Square Shopping Center. Contact Chris Allen at 703-653-8946.