Business Notes

Business Notes

The Arlington Small Business Development Center will celebrate 15 years of service to the business community of Arlington and the Washington, D.C. metro area at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Contact Pratibha Shenoy at 703-993-8128 or

Rotary Club of Rosslyn-Ft. Myer meets for lunch Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn's Vantage Point Restaurant, 1900 Fort Myer Drive. All Rotarians are welcome to join in the fellowship. Rotary is a community service organization made up of business professionals dedicated to service above self. The Rotary Club of Rosslyn-Ft. Myer is currently supporting a literacy project in India. Contact Chris Zabriskie at 240-346-4237 or

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

The Corner Bakery Cafe had its grand opening in Crystal City this summer. The cafe, located at 2200 Crystal Drive, offers quick and healthy options with freshly baked breads, specialty sandwiches, hot soups, crisp salads, tasty pastas, sweets and specialty coffees, all ranging from $3 to $7. Open weekdays 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Virginia Hospital Center officials announced today the new Rose Benté Lee Ostapenko Outpatient Oncology Center will celebrate its grand opening during a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at 1701 N. George Mason Drive. The newly renovated facility of 24,000 square feet and 12 exam rooms will provide outpatients and their families with expanded oncology services and programs, access to advanced technology, a team of on-campus physicians, a cancer resource library, convenient parking and a specialized boutique catering to the needs of cancer patients.

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce held its 54th annual Golf Outing Aug. 29 at Westwood Country Club in Vienna. Twenty-seven teams participated in the tournament, representing a range of the Arlington business community. The Ballston Common Mall team earned first place in the competition for lowest gross score. The team included: John Moore of Ballston Common Mall, Don Eckrod of AAA Networks, Chris Bunner of EMC Corporation and Paul Dangel of IRS. The SRA International team members, Jim Whittaker, Choi Kong and Vince Verna, won first place for lowest net score. George Cabalu and John Pease of Smith Barney teamed up with Mike Nelson of MFS and Mike Pickholz of Citigroup Geneva Capital Strategies to win second place for the Smith Barney team.

Individual contests included: closest-to-the-pin, putting contest, longest drive and hole-in-one. The American Service Center sponsored the prize for the hole-in-one competition, a new 2005 Mercedes Benz. There were no winners in the hole-in-one contest; however, closest-to-the-pin winner, Jim Whittaker of SRA International, won with a hole-in-one. Winning the longest drive in the women's division was Bobbi Greenberg of LM&O Advertising and for the men, Paul Dangel of IRS.

P.F. Chang's China Bistro recently committed to an 8,300 square-foot space at Arlington Gateway, an office building with a large retail component being leased by JBGR in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington. This is P.F. Chang's fifth location in the metropolitan area.