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Business Briefs

To have business briefs listed in The Arlington Connection, mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to arlington@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is 2 p.m. the Thursday before publication. This free community listing is reserved for events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost. Call Elizabeth Orr at 703-917-6449 with any questions.

Einhorn Yaffee Prescott, an architecture and engineering firm in Washington, D.C., has promoted Arlington resident Kara Strong to the position of associate. Strong is an architect and project manager with more than 12 years of experience and is working on several projects for the Library of Congress.

Arlington-based Virginia Commerce Bank recently opened a new branch. The Walney branch is located at 4221 Walney Road in Chantilly, and is the 15th for the company. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for Dec. 16, about a month after the branch’s Nov. 15 opening.

DROdio Realty will hold a free tax strategy investment seminar Monday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m., in Arlington. The seminar series is titled "Equity Tips: Learning to Minimize Your Tax Burden While Investing in Real Estate." RSVP for this seminar at www.EquityTips.com. The seminar location will be provided upon your RSVP.

First Edition Toastmasters meets every Friday, at 12 p.m., at 1700 N. Moore St., Suite 1275, Arlington. The diverse membership of this Toastmasters chapter includes small business owners and employees with a variety of government agencies and associations. Come visit to find out how Toastmasters can help you improve your skills in all areas of public speaking and communicate more effectively in everything you do. For more information on First Edition Toastmasters, contact Barbara Hicks at 703-558-2266 or visit the Web site www.firsteditiontm.org.

The Arlington Chapter of Business Networking International (BNI) meets for breakfast every Tuesday, from 7:30-9 a.m., at the Silver Diner, 3200 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. BNI leverages the power of word-of-mouth marketing by and offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and referrals as they grow their business. Only one person per professional classification or specialty may join a chapter.  For more information, contact Greg Brewer at 703-237-2705.

The Northern Virginia Business Referrals group meets every Tuesday at 7 a.m. for breakfast at the Metro 29 Diner, 4711 Lee Highway, Arlington. The group facilitates networking by limiting membership to one member per profession, and has been in existence since 1996. For more information on Northern Virginia Business Referrals, call 703-312-7117 or visit the NVBR Web site, www.nvbr.org.