Business Notes

Business Notes

Mountain View's Sharon DeBragga chairs the Education Council of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Education Council, comprised of school career counselors and business volunteers, is seeking companies and other organizations with jobs to fill to recruit at the Chamber's fourth annual Student Job Fair, scheduled for Tuesday, April 17, at Dulles Expo Center (North Hall) in Chantilly. Sponsors of the Job Fair include Centre View Newspaper and Element H2O. Businesses will be able to choose from hundreds of potential applicants that day and even interview in a separate room. To recruit, advance registration is required. The form is downloadable from or one can learn more by e-mailing Beth Berger

A Wine and Cheese Mixer sponsored by the Dulles Regional Chamber will be Thursday, April 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at HRI Associates, 505 Huntmar Park Drive, Suite 220, Herndon (off of Spring Street). HRI will host the Herndon Chamber's April Mixer and showcase Virginia's finest wines and provide plentiful food. RSVP online,, by email:, or by phone: 571-323-5304. Or pay $10/members; $15/nonmembers.

Learn about Five Ways to Super Profits at a Brown Bag Lunch Discussion on Friday, April 13 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Dulles Regional Chamber's Chantilly office, 3901 Centerview Drive, Suite R.

Learn how you can increase your profits by 61 percent and your revenue by 46 percent. Action Business Coaches will teach you how to get your business flying by focusing on the five areas of your business that will produce more customers, more revenue and more profit. RSVP online,, by email:, or by phone: 571-323-5304. Bring your own lunch.

BNI Northern Virginia is hosting a "Coffee, Tea, You & Me" networking session on Friday, April 13 from 3-5 p.m. at Jamie's General Bean. Learn to make your 45-second presentations really sing. Use one-on-ones for real business growth opportunities. Jamie's General Bean is located at 13848 Lee Hwy., Centreville. Call 703-201-4267.

The Hispanic Business Council of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce announces that it is rolling out an initiative called the Professional Support Program. The program's goal is to help strengthen existing and/or new small Hispanic businesses through mentoring opportunities. PSP will enable these businesses to acquire the knowledge they need to sustain the business areas in which they lack proficiency. The professional mentoring areas include: Business Development, Finance & Accounting, Banking, Insurance, Sales & Marketing, Facilities & Real Estate, Information Technology and Operations. This program will be supported by volunteer members of the HBC and/or Chamber members who are professionals in their respective fields. HBC leaders estimate that volunteers would offer approximately two to four hours of their time, for up to 10 hours of customized one-on-one consulting. The HBC is accepting applications through May 10th from Hispanic businesses who are interested in entering this program. Potential candidates or volunteers may contact Council Chairwoman Ximena Savitch 703-652-0314 or via e-mail Visit or call 571-323-5300.

Lee Technologies of Chantilly has promoted Anita Simmons to Senior Vice President, Human Resources. Simmons who has been with the company since 2005, previously held the position of Corporate Vice President, Human Resources. In her new position as Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Simmons will be responsible for both the human resources and office administration functions of Lee Technologies, including benefit design and administration, recruiting and retention, employee relations, and compliance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland College Park and a Masters of General Administration from the University of Maryland, University College.

The Clifton Business Connection chapter of BNI invites area business professionals to visit their weekly networking meeting held every Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Heart in Hand Restaurant in Clifton. Visit for more information.

Leadership Fairfax Inc. (LFI), a nonprofit organization that develops current and rising leaders in Northern Virginia, is seeking candidates for its two leadership programs — the Leadership Fairfax Signature Program and the Emerging Leaders Institute. Interested candidates can attend a recruiting preview to learn more about LFI’s programs. Upcoming recruiting preview dates, times and locations are as follows:

* Tuesday, April 17 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, 1763 Fountain Dr., Reston.

The programs are open to individuals who live or work in Northern Virginia. LFI selects participants each year from the business, government, education and nonprofit sectors of the Northern Virginia area. The application deadline for both the Leadership Fairfax Signature Program and the Emerging Leaders Institute is May 1, 2007. Applications are available on LFI’s Web site or by calling the LFI office at 703-752-7557.

The fourth-annual Student Job Fair will be held Tuesday, April 17 from 2-6 p.m. at the Dulles Expo Center (North Hall) in Chantilly. Companies with jobs and internships will be recruiting from a pool of hundreds of students from several high schools who will come to the Dulles Regional Chamber's fourth annual Job Fair seeking summer, part-time and permanent entry-level positions. To recruit ($80), sign up online at the Events page of or to learn if there is space for your company, e-mail Beth at

The Northern Virginia Small Business Information Sharing Group meets Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Centreville United Methodist Church, upstairs. The group offers an opportunity for people to discuss various topics of business with other small business owners. Many issues are discussed in an open forum and small group discussions. Interesting guest speakers monthly. Bring your questions and ideas. Visit Contacts: Joe at or Pete at

Chamber 101 — for New and Prospective Members will be held on Wednesday, April 18 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Dulles Regional Chamber's new office in Chantilly, 3901 Centerview Drive. The sponsors are Access National Bank and Washington Business Journal. This orientation is where you learn about the powerful impact of the regional chamber and its many avenues for promoting your business. You'll also be networking on site with many other businesses so bring your cards! Pre-registration online is required via the Events page of Contact Vickie Walton, Membership Manager, 571-278-4045.

The seminar, Information Technology Roadmap For Your Business, will take place on Tuesday, April 24 from 7:30-9 a.m. at Cox Business Services (Platinum sponsor), 3080 Centreville Rd., Herndon. Using non-technical lingo, author P. J. Colbeck will offer five steps for an effective IT strategy. Fees: $20 in advance/$25 at door for members; $30 Nonmembers. Also sponsored by TML Copiers and Digital Solutions and Smart Business Ideas. Other sponsorships are available. Sign up via, by email:, or by phone: 571-323-5304.

Local dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Ackerman, M.A.G.D., with offices in Fairfax, Centreville, and Manassas, recently entered into an agreement with Horizon Anesthesia, and affiliate of Fairfax Anesthesia Associates to make sedation and anesthesia services available to his patients.

Bowman Consulting of Chantilly has acquired Point to Point Surveys Inc. Point to Point has been a pioneer in the use of GPS technology for land surveying applications.

With offices in Fauquier and Lexington, Va., this transaction marks Bowman Consulting’s service area expansion into the Western Piedmont and the Southern Shenandoah Valley regions of Virginia.

A Power Networking Breakfast will take place on Thursday, April 26 from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Select-Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly Shopping Center Dr., Chantilly. Sponsors: Access National Bank (Platinum), Cox Business Services and Griffin-Owens & Associates. The Dulles Regional Chamber enables members to connect face to face with potential customers or allies via several rounds of organized networking after a hot breakfast. Bring 40 or more business cards. $25 in advance or $30 at door for members; $35 nonmembers. Sign up via, by email:, or by phone: 571-323-5304.

The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority announced the election of new officers to the NVRPA Board. The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority is governed by a 12-member policy-making Board. The city council or county board of each jurisdiction appoints two members to the NVRPA Board. NVRPA is made up of the counties of Loudoun, Fairfax and Arlington, and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax. William (Bill) Dickinson of Alexandria was reelected as the Board chairman and will begin his third one-year term in that position. The position of vice chair will be filled by James I. Mayer from Arlington County. Mayer had previously served as the Board treasurer. Joan G. Rokus, board member from Loudoun County, was elected to fill the position of treasurer, a position she had held previously with the organization. Rokus has also served in the past as Vice Chair of NVRPA, and used to serve as a member of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. Jeffrey Tarbert of Falls Church was elected to a seat as the fourth member of the NVRPA Executive Committee. Tarbert joined the NVRPA Board in 2005. He previously served as the Mayor of the City of Falls Church.

The Centreville Rotary Club has moved its meeting location from the I-Hop in Centreville to the EggsSpectations Restaurant in Chantilly. The Rotary Club meets Tuesdays from 11:30-12:30 p.m. for lunch. There is a new guest speaker every week with topics ranging from estate planning to how the Rotary helps during emergencies. Contact Gregg Caldwell at