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A Grand Opening/Open House for the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce's new Chantilly location will take place on Wednesday, March 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ribbon-cutting will be at noon. Meet and mingle with many of the region's business leaders. Enjoy food and beverages donated by Eggspectation, Melrones and Element H2o. The address is 3901 Centerview Drive, Suite R, Chantilly. RSVP online at the Events page at www.DullesRegionalChamber.org or call 571-323-5304 or e-mail info@DullesRegionalChamber.org.

SmallCompanies.com in conjunction with Toni Shaner of Allstate will be hosting a Networking Lunch on Thursday, March 22 at 11 a.m. at Eggspectations in Chantilly. The address is 5009 Westone Plaza Drive, Chantilly. Call 703-263-7444. The lunch is for anyone doing business in Northern Virginia and the surrounding area. Free lunches are held monthly and are for anyone looking to network in the area. Register with SmallCompanies.com. Visit the event calendar and registration page at Chantilly@smallcompanies.com.

Centreville resident Larry G. Adams, AIA, was promoted to associate at LeMay Erickson Architects in Reston. A 15-year resident of Centreville, Adams is an active member of the community, serving as a youth basketball coach for the SYA and as a member of the choir at Centreville United Methodist Church.

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) is hosting a workshop on Tuesday, March 27 for small business owners and entrepreneurs who are interested in entering the export market. Topics will include an overview of state and federal government resources, market research, the exporting process and export financing. Free but pre-registration is required. To be held at the FCEDA offices in Tysons Corner, 8300 Boone Blvd., Suite 450, Vienna. To register, call 703-790-0600 or sign up online at www.fairfaxcountyeda.org/export_workshop_form.htm.

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, March 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Tower Club, 8000 Towers Crescent Dr., Suite 1700, Vienna;

* Wednesday, April 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church;

* 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.

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, www.dullesregionalchamber.org, by email: info@dullesregionalchamber.org,

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, www.dullesregionalchamber.org, by email: info@dullesregionalchamber.org, or by phone: 571-323-5304. Bring your own lunch.

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 www.DullesRegionalChamber.org or to learn if there is space for your company, e-mail Beth at bberger1842@aol.com.

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 www.DullesRegionalChamber.org. 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 www.dullesregionalchamber.org, by email: info@dullesregionalchamber.org, or by phone: 571-323-5304.

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 www.dullesregionalchamber.org, by email: info@dullesregionalchamber.org, 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 Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) had no work time or days lost in 2006 due to accidents. At the January employee meetings, Construction Manager Skip Hollcroft credited the near-perfect record to employees following safety rules and procedures, which are reinforced at bimonthly safety meetings at the Cooperative. NOVEC has more than 300 employees Many of them work directly with electricity and dangerous industrial equipment.

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 gregg@gandcauto.com.

AARP Tax-Aide, a free, volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service, is seeking volunteers to electronically complete and file 2006 federal and state income tax forms. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome but ability to use a computer is a must. Evening and Saturday shifts are available. Tax counselors receive free tax training and become IRS certified by passing the IRS examination. Call Patty Callahan at 703-207-0056 or via email at pcallahan@cox.net or call toll-free 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669) or visit the Web site at www.aarp.org/taxaide.

Business and Professional Women (BPW) of Greater Fairfax will host Courtney Lynch, co-founder of Lead Star and co-author of Leading From the Front, speaking on her experiences as a Marine officer and the ability to become better leaders. The monthly dinner meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 12 from 6:30-9 p.m., at Tysons Corner Embassy Suites, 8517 Leesburg Pike (Route 7), Vienna. Cost of the meeting is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Call Sandy Amato at 703-405-2631.

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.