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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 Marguerite Rogers at 703-917-6407 with any questions.

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. 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.  Call 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.

Cameron Kilberg, who grew up in McLean and now lives in Arlington, has launched a Web site, www.camerongreendesigns.com. The Web site is a virtual design studio for handbags and allows the user to partake in the design of his or her own bag. The site sells bags ranging from wristlets to diaper bags, not to mention handmade jewelry and accessories.

On Dec. 17, McCaffery Interests Inc. of Chicago, Ill., announced that The Market Common, Clarendon located in Arlington, won the International Council of Shopping Centers International Design and Development Award for Innovative Design and Construction of a New Project. The award was presented to McCaffery Interests Dec. 9, at the annual ICSC Centerbuild Conference held in Phoenix, Ariz.

Architectural firm Davis Carter Scott was awarded one of the top honors at the Northern Virginia NAIOP "Coming Up Aces" Awards dinner and ceremony Nov. 18. Ballston Point, located in Arlington, received the 2004 Award of Excellence for Best Building, Speculative High Rise. Davis Carter Scott was part of the winning team which also included Monument Realty and James G. Davis Construction Corporation.