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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.

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 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 improve skills in all areas of public speaking and communication. 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 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.

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce has announced the election and appointment of the following members to the Arlington Chamber's Board of Directors. The Board Elections for 2005, who will serve three-year terms, were; Loran M. Adams, Crescent Potomac Yard Development LLC; Robert Bushkoff, Dittmar Company; Pam Gottfried, Dominion Virginia Power; Mark Ingrao, Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA); Vicki Kirkbride, Arlington Community Foundation; Scott McGeary, Washington Gas; John J. Moore, Ballston Common Mall; Barbara Nicastro, Law Offices of Barbara E. Nicastro, Esq.; Leslie E. Parker, Virginia Commerce Bank; Gordon Thrall, Guernsey Office Products; Pat Williamson, WETA; and Dr. Barbara Wyles, Northern Virginia Community College. The Board Appointments for 2005, who were appointed to a one year term, were: Paul Giovanini, Sheraton National Hotel; H. Mark Goetzman, Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley, Emrich & Terpak, P.C. ; Steve Gutterman, E*TRADE Financial; Fernanda S. Howard, Branch Banking and Trust Company of Virginia; Scott Laughlin, LM&O Advertising; Ed Murn, KSI Services; Frank Poli, Keating Partners; and Scott J. Spooner, ESQ., Bean, Kinney & Korman P.C.

SOC Enterprises (in partnership with Arlington Works!) has been awarded $195,000 from the Virginia Department of Human Services to continue the SOC JOBS/TANF program for the next 18 months.  The SOC JOBS program, a public/private venture designed to move welfare recipients with disabilities off of the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) rolls and into a life of sustained self-sufficiency, has been serving needy individuals in the Arlington/Alexandria areas since 1999. For more information about the SOC JOBS program, contact Project Director Tina Azcuy at 703-521-4441 or visit www.socatwork.org.