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To have an item listed, mail to the Gazette-Packet, 1604 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314; fax to 703-917-0991 or e-mail to gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Friday at noon for the following week’s paper. Photos and artwork encouraged. If you have any questions, call Marguerite Rogers at 703-917-6407.

United Community Ministries’ (UCM) Workforce Development Center (WDC) will be offering more free micro-enterprise workshops on Friday, March 18 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the South County Center, located at 8350 Richmond Highway, 2nd Floor. Call Rigoberto at (703) 360-9088.

United Community Ministries’ (UCM) Workforce Development Center is hosting a job fair on Friday, March 18 at the South County Government Building, located at 8350 Richmond Highway. Businesses that are looking for employees are invited to recruit for positions they have open. To register a business at the Job Fair, call Rigoberto Luis at 703-360-9088, ext.109. Space is limited.

The United Community Ministries’ (UCM) Workforce Development Center (WDC) is offering micro-enterprise classes and a small business planning one-day workshops. Space is limited, registration is required. All classes are held at UCM’s WDC, located at 7842 Richmond Hwy. For more information on UCM and its programs, to make a contribution, to provide in-kind goods or services or to volunteer, call 703-768-7106, ext. 325.

Randy Julian, the president of Julian Tours, will serve as treasurer on the 2005 CrossSphere Board of Directors. CrossSphere, formerly the National Tour Association, is the premier international packaged travel association made up of nearly 4,000 members from around the world. Julian founded Julian Tours with his brother in 1980. The company arranges Washington D.C. tours for visiting groups and organizes trip throughout the United States, Canada and elsewhere for schools and other groups based in the area. Julian’s involvement with CrossSphere began when his company became a tour operator member in 1982.

Clarion Management Resources, a full-service association management company, is pleased to announce the addition of Tina Wehmeir to its senior staff as Vice President, Marketing. Wehmeir brings more than 15 years of management and marketing experience in the association and hospitality arenas to her new position, as well as professional relationships as an active leader in a host of association industry organizations. Clarion Management Resources, Inc. is a full service association management firm located in Alexandria, Va.

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<lst>Renata Varmall, chairman and CEO of The Varmall Group (TVG), gave a half-day seminar to non-profit organizations that receive over 50 percent of their operating revenue from grants. The purpose of the seminar was to help the organizations comply with reporting requirements of their grantors, and to better manage their financial systems so that they could efficiently find and receive additional grant opportunities.

McEnearney Associates, Inc., a real estate firm serving the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, announced that Sean McEnearney, corporate services representative, was named to the Board of Directors of the Alexandria (Va.) Chamber of Commerce. An active community leader, McEnearney’s appointment follows his contribution to the year-long “Leadership Alexandria” program, a program of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce where he gained detailed knowledge the workings of the city’s government.

The next Business Development Roundtable will be held on Tuesday,March 15, from noon-1 p.m. at the Alexandria Chamber office located at 801 N. Fairfax Street in Suite 402. This month's Roundtable topic is "Getting Paid: Is It A Problem For Your Company?" Bring lunch and enjoy this free Roundtable to discuss strategies for reducing receivables and collecting on overdue accounts. The Roundtable is sponsored by pseudonym and presented cooperatively by the Alexandria Small Business Development Center and the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Erika Mendez at 703-549-1000, ext. 212 or email emendez@alexchamber.com

FasTracKids has opened an educational enrichment academy in Alexandria. FasTracKids is an education system that is aimed at helping children develop gifts and talents at an early age. Once a 3-7 year old is enrolled, the child attends four 90-minute sessions a month for two years. Certified teachers cover 12 subject areas, including biology, literature, economics, earth science and mathematics. The FasTracKids Learning System features high-tech interactive touch-screen technology, video instruction and classroom activities that augment curriculum. A parent's web-based site offers additional material to reinforce the teaching. The new FasTracKids academy is located at 6165 Fuller Ct. Alexandria, VA 22310.

Virginia Commerce Bank (VCB) is pleased to announce the opening of its Del Ray branch, located at 2401 Mount Vernon Ave. The new branch, which is the sixteenth overall for VCB, opened for business on Jan. 27, 2005.

A special ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Wednesday, Jan. 26. In addition to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, VCB will continue the celebration for several weeks, providing free refreshments to all who visit the Del Ray branch and with special offers to those who open new accounts.

Virginia Commerce Bank has announced that Pamela M. DeCandio has been promoted to Senior Vice President. Ms. DeCandio joined the Bank in 1997, and she is a Business Development Officer serving the Alexandria market. Virginia Commerce Bank is a full-service, community bank headquartered in Arlington, Virginia with over $1.2 billion in assets. The Bank serves the Northern Virginia market with sixteen branches, two mortgage lending offices and an investment services office.

Vicky M. Yelton from Big Daddy’s Towing has received the prestigious American Towman ACE Award for achievements in service performance. The others nominated were: Allstate Motor Club, Asurion, Canadian Roadside & Recovery, Coach Net, Cross Country Automotive Services, GE Consumer Finances, GEICO Direct and Road America. Recipients of the award rank among the to 1 percent of the towing industry’s service providers.

The Mount Vernon Toastmasters Club meets at the

Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, at

7:30 p.m., the first and third Mondays of each month.

Guests are welcome and may participate in "table

topics." Call 202-861-5370 or e-mail mtvernontm@yahoo.com.

Antique & Contemporary Leasing & Sales, Inc. has recently moved to Alexandria from Washington D.C. The showroom is located at 2416 Oakville St. Call 703-548-2050. or visit www.antiqueleasing.com.

The Alexandria Hyundai has been named to the Hyundai Board of Excellence, a national network of distinguished dealers. This is the third year the dealership has received the award. Hyundai Motor America has honored its top dealers through the Board of Excellence since 1998. Only 81 out of more than 660 dealerships received the recognition this year.

Alexandria Business and Professional Women, working to achieve equity for women in the professional workplace, meets on the second Tuesday of the month from September to May at 7 p.m., at the Eisenhower Ave. Holiday Inn.

Employment Club. The Laurie Mitchell Employment Center hosts "The Job Club" every Monday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The group is for those with mental illness and others who need support in their job search. The center is located at 8794 S. Sacramento Drive.