Business Notes

Business Notes

The Vienna-Tysons Chamber of Commerce The Vienna-Tysons Chamber of Commerce calendar of upcoming events is as follows:

Every Tuesday and Thursday — Lunch and Lead tip group, 12:15-1:30 p.m. at Shula’s Steakhouse, 8028 Leesburg Pike in the Tysons Corner Marriott. R.S.V.P. to Harry Silverman, 703-319-8806. Dutch.

The Vienna Town/Business Liaison Committee hosts a coffee to introduce its new retail shopping guide on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 7:30-9:30 a.m., at Vienna Town Hall, 127 Center St. S. All retail business owners and managers within the Town of Vienna are invited to attend the coffee and list their businesses in the guide. The coffee also gives business owners and managers the opportunity to meet with the mayor and Town Council members. For more information, e-mail or call 703-255-6342.

Suburban Nights Networking Group Social. Young professionals living and/or working in Northern Virginia will rejoin for the first networking social of 2004. Produced by Eventions Enterprises, Suburban Nights offers a solution to social networking in the suburbs.

On Thursday, Jan. 22, 6-8 p.m., this free event is being hosted by The Front Page Restaurant & Bar in the Ballston area of Arlington. Northern Virginia's young professionals can come out and enjoy networking, refreshments, specials and door prizes. Suburban Nights is dedicated to making networking fun, convenient, casual, affordable and richly diverse with young professionals representing various ethnicities, cultures and professions.

Suburban Nights events are open to all young professionals who wish to make friends and business contacts. To join for free or to learn more about upcoming events, visit Suburban Nights is also looking for event sponsors and young entrepreneurs to highlight at chosen events. If interested, e-mail

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, of Tysons Corner, and N Street Village, a shelter for homeless women and children in Washington, D.C., raised more than $4,000 in a recent joint fund-raising exhibition of paintings and monoprints by Sister Mary Grace Thul, OP. N Street Village will use the proceeds to fund its programs for homeless women.

N Street Village is a community helping homeless women and low-income families. Services have expanded since it opened in 1973 to include a child educational center, night shelter and wellness center, as well as addiction recovery programs and community living for those with mental illness. In addition, N Street Village offers affordable rental housing and child care for families, an early child-care development and computer learning center, and an after-school program.

Womble Carlyle provides pro bono legal counsel to N Street Village's newly opened Catherine B. Reynolds Vocational and Educational Center and also facilitates internal and external fund-raising drives and volunteer programs at the Village.

In addition to hosting the art exhibit, Womble Carlyle has held such fund-raising drives as Jean Day - a day on which employees can make a charitable contribution to N Street Village in exchange for permission to wear jeans to work. The firm also has held food drives and hygiene product drives to raise money and supplies. Attorneys and staff from the law firm volunteer to serve meals at the centers, serve on steering committees and participate in the Village's annual walk-a-thon and other citywide events on behalf of N Street Village. The latest drive, titled Operation UW, was an effort to provide underprivileged women and children with underclothing.

Excedent Technologies of Vienna, a leader in managed e-mail hosting and security threat prevention for service providers, appointed Kevin Minnick vice president of product development. A veteran of the software industry, Minnick most recently worked for Honeywell Corporation where he helped the POMS division develop software for the pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods industries.

Minnick has played a major role in helping the current management team of Excedent build its original product and service line, prior to his position at Honeywell-POMS.

Minnick’s first initiative once on board is to facilitate the deployment of Excedent’s newly developed infrastructure scaling architecture. This project will ensure optimal e-mail performance as Excedent’s customer base continues to grow and as spam and virus threats worsen.

Minnick will be based out of the Blacksburg, Va., office and will help Excedent expand its presence in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC added Dean Rutley to the firm's Corporate and Securities Practice Group in its Tysons Corner office.

Rutley comes to the firm from Morgan Lewis where he was a partner in the firm's business and finance group. He has nearly 20 years experience counseling emerging growth companies on a variety of domestic and international business transactions including private equity finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate structure, compliance with federal and state laws, boards of directors duties and the resolution of business disputes. He also focuses on the management, valuation and protection of intellectual property rights including the acquisition, licensing and structuring of technology and product development arrangements.

Womble Carlyle's Corporate and Securities Practice Group assists its clients in evaluating, structuring and negotiating complex business transactions, including venture capital financings, initial public offerings, corporate spin-offs, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint ventures The group has a substantial transactional practice and represents a variety of issuers and regional and national underwriters in connection with initial and other public securities offerings and routinely advises clients on all phases of buying and selling businesses.

Rutley is a member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council Venture Capital Committee. He also is a member of the George Mason University Century Club Board of Directors and the Century Club Executive Committee. As past chairman of the George Mason Century Club's Grubstake Breakfast Program, he serves on both Grubstake Breakfast's Steering and Selection Committees.

He received both his bachelor's degree in political science and his J.D. from George Washington University.


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<cl>Former Congressman Paul G. Rogers of Florida and Dorothy L. Smith

<lst>Dorothy L. Smith, Pharm.D., president and founder of Consumer Health Information Corp., received the 2003 Paul G. Rogers/National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) Medication Communicator Award for her contributions to health literacy. The award was presented at their 14th National Conference by the award’s namesake, former Congressman Paul G. Rogers, Fla., on Dec. 9 in Washington, D.C.

Smith was nominated for her contributions to health literacy through the development of programs and consumer medication information that help patients and consumers learn how to manage their medications wisely and safely. She is an internationally recognized author, patient advocate and expert in patient compliance and behavior modification. Smith developed one of the first ambulatory patient counseling programs in which patients receive private counseling from a pharmacist every time they obtain a prescription.

This award is named to honor NCPIE’s founding chairman, Paul G. Rogers, for his 16 years of distinguished service. The program recognizes excellence by individuals, organizations and government agencies that promote the "medicine education team." This concept, central to NCPIE's philosophy, emphasizes that consumers, patients, caregivers, health-care professionals, the pharmaceutical industry and other stakeholders share a responsibility to improve communication to help ensure appropriate, safe medicine use.