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Famous Dave's Opens at Chantilly Crossing

<bt>Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, a down-home dining experience reminiscent of a good ol’ backyard barbeque, brings slow-smoked ribs, BBQ and more to Chantilly, as it opened to the public on Jan. 11.

The 250-seat restaurant is located at 14452 Chantilly Crossing Lane, Chantilly. Corporate executives from Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que gathered the Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce and Fairfax County business and government leaders for the official opening and “rib cutting” festivities.

Famous Dave’s also held “mock-service” training dinners for Famous friends and family on Jan. 9 and 10, collecting more than $1,334 in customer donations for Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit that inspires and organizes individuals and businesses to share their strengths in innovative ways to help end childhood hunger in America.

The menu features hickory-smoked St. Louis-Style Ribs, Texas Beef Brisket and five different BBQ sauces that provide guests with a flavorful tour of regional barbeque tastes. The menu also offers BBQ Chicken, Country Roasted Chicken, a variety of BBQ sandwiches, burgers and salads.

Hours are Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call 703-263-7660 or go to www.famousdaves.com.

"Coaching Your Team - The Formula for Business Growth," a free seminar is on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Centreville Long & Foster, 14260 C Centreville Sq., Centreville. Hosted by Marvin Powell and facilitated by Tom Caso of KASH Associates. Call 703-201-4267.

Navy Federal Credit Union, located at 5900 Centreville Road, Suite 110, is sponsoring a coat drive to benefit the Western Fairfax Christian Ministries in Chantilly. Donations are being accepted for new or gently worn coats, hats, gloves and boots for adults and children through Jan. 31.

Business After Hours. Thursday, Feb. 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Residence Inn, 14440 Chantilly Crossing Lane, Chantilly. Meet special guest, Sully District Supervisor Michael Frey, as well as dozens of business people in a relaxed atmosphere. Feast on food by Pitalicious. Win a door prize. $5 fee at the door covers food and beverages. Call host Crystal Smythe at 703-376-6943 or RSVP to Crystal.Smythe@marriott.com.

The Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce and Access National Bank present the Annual Awards Gala on Saturday, Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m.-midnight, in the new ballroom of the Hilton-Washington Dulles Airport (Route 28 and McLearen Road, Herndon). Black tie optional. Ron Culberson of Funsulting will be the master of ceremonies. Tickets are $135 per person, includes cocktail reception, dinner, entertainment, dancing and Business Awards Ceremony.

Register via the events page of HerndonDullesChamber.org or call 571-323-5300.

"Entrepreneurship 1-1: Starting a Business in Fairfax County" seminars will continue in 2006 with nine dates for the upcoming year. The Fairfax Economic Development Authority conducts the workshop for individuals interested in beginning a business in Fairfax County.

The workshops are held on the first Tuesday of each month at FCEDA headquarters, 8300 Boone Blvd., Suite 4550, Vienna. Sessions begin at 8 a.m. with refreshments and networking. Sessions are free but pre-registration is required. Interested participants can register on the FCEDA's Web site at www. FairfaxCountyEDA.org. The scheduled 2006 dates are: Feb. 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, Sept. 12, Oct. 3 and Nov. 7.

The FCEDA promotes Fairfax County as a business and technology center. The FCEDA assists businesses by identifying possible sites and facilities, and is a source for up-to-date demographic and economic information.

Bowman Consulting of Chantilly announces the successful certification of several of its employees. Brian Larson became a certified landscape architect, James A. Neville became a licensed surveyor, Tahir Benabdi, Clif Dayton and Abdullah Noorzad became registered professional engineers and Patrick O’Brien received his registration as a certified arborist. All six are certified in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

A Business Networks International (BNI) Referral Networking meeting takes place every Thursday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Centreville Lonestar Steakhouse off Route 29 in the Centreville Square Shopping Center. Contact Chris Allen at 703-653-8946.

Data Systems Analysts Inc. (DSA), a provider of business-driven information technology and consulting solutions, announced a 12-month cooperative support agreement with The Software Engineering Institute (SEI).

Initially, DSA will work with SEI to build on each other's expertise and experience to determine the best approaches for the government to proceed in regard to Service Oriented Architectures, Modular Open Systems Approach, Net-Centric Enterprise Services, and other system and software architectures that will benefit Department of Defense initiatives.

James Michael Kealey, president of Cam Inc., announces the opening of its new head office at 4455 Brookfield Corporate Drive, suite 106, Chantilly. Cam Inc. specializes in the management of homeowner associations and condominiums in Northern Virginia.

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