Business Notes

Business Notes

The South Arlington Lead Share Association (SALSA) meets for breakfast Friday mornings from 7-8:30 a.m. at the Juke Box Diner, 7039 Columbia Pike, Annandale. The first half hour is for networking. The meeting officially begins at 7:30 a.m. Only one business per profession can be represented. Visit or call Pat Cardillo at 571-331-8670.

First Edition Toastmasters meets every Friday at noon at 1700 N. Moore St., Suite 1030, Arlington. The diverse membership of this Toastmasters chapter includes small-business owners and employees with a variety of government agencies and associations. Visit to find out how Toastmasters can improve skills in all areas of public speaking and communicate more effectively. Call Barbara Hicks at 703-558-2266, or visit .

The Arlington Chapter of Business Networking International (BNI) meets for breakfast every Tuesday from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Arlington Holiday Inn, N. 4610 Fairfax Drive, 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, please 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 the Northern Virginia Business Referrals, call 703-312-7117, or visit

Neramitra Thai, 2200 Crystal Drive, has opened in Crystal City. The menu offers a contemporary take on traditional Thai cuisine. Lunch entrees range from $7-$12, and dinner items range from $9-$14. The restaurant features both indoor and outdoor seating and is open weekdays 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon-10:30 p.m.

Comcast is introducing its AMBER Alert initiative throughout Northern Virginia, including Alexandria, Arlington, Reston and Prince William County. The new program, the first corporate partnership of its kind, connects Comcast technicians to the current AMBER Alert system, giving the program broader reach to back roads and neighborhoods where Comcast technicians are working. The AMBER Alert is a partnership between law-enforcement agencies and broadcasters to create an urgent bulletin in child-abduction cases. Comcast installed equipment that will immediately inform Comcast technicians when an AMBER Alert has been issued and the technicians have learned how to respond to these alerts. The equipment and training allows Comcast technicians to keep their eyes and ears open to help in the search and safe return of children.