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The Westfields Marriott in Chantilly is ranked in the top 5 for food quality of all Marriott hotels, resorts and suites worldwide. The prestigious honor is awarded annually by Marriott International to distinguish the hotelier’s finest establishments in terms of food quality.

Long & Foster Insurance Agency Inc., the insurance arm of the Long & Foster Companies, announces the strategic acquisition of two independent insurance agencies: MY Insurance Agency, 712 West Broad Street, Falls Church, and Cryst & Associates, 4041 University Drive, in Fairfax, Va. Both offices will close and the newly acquired companies will operate from Long & Foster’s corporate headquarters at 14501 George Carter Way in Chantilly.

The bi-monthly Business Owners Round Table, sponsored by Citibank-Greenbriar and the Chantilly-Centreville Chamber, takes place on Friday, Dec. 5 from 7:30- 9 a.m. The topic is Effective Communications. The presentation and discussion will be facilitated by Michael Parkinson and Danny Vargas. The Business Owners Round Table is intended for business owners to learn and share best office practices for enhancing one's business practices. Members $20, Non-Members $25. Pre-registration required. Visit www.dullesregionalchamber.org/events or contact us at info@dullesregionalchamber.org. The program takes place at Dulles Regional Chamber's office, 3901 Centerview Dr., Suite R, Chantilly.

Anuradha N. Ralapati, MD, of Centreville has been named Medical Director for VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Northern Virginia. In this role, Dr. Ralapati directs patients' medical care, including pain and wound management protocols; supports interdisciplinary care teams ensuring quality care and assessing hospice-appropriate patients; and educates healthcare providers and the public on the qualities and values of hospice care.

Learn how to go against the odds and thrive in troubled times at the Dulles Regional Chamber Brown Bag Lunch on Friday, Dec. 12 from noon to 1 p.m. David MacGillivray, ActionCOACH certified business and executive coach, will review SWOT analysis, strategy selection, goal setting, implementation and accountability. The Chantilly-Centreville Chamber, part of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce, presents these monthly luncheon seminars for small business at the Chamber's office, 3901 Centerview Drive, Suite R, Chantilly. The programs are free but pre-registration is required. One can register online at www.dullesregionalchamber.org or by calling 571-323-5304.

Melissa Slocum, a career-long Marriott employee, has been named director of finance and accounting for Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles in Chantilly. Slocum has been a Marriott employee since beginning her career in 2002. Most recently, she worked as the director of finance for Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, where she received acclaim as the "Best New Talent — Director of Finance" in 2006.

Bowman Consulting of Chantilly announces that Bob Long has joined the executive team of its corporate office. As a business development executive, Bob will promote the firm’s business lines, which include geothermal design/build services.

The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce and Title Sponsor Access National Bank invite new and prospective members to be their guests for lunch at Chamber 101 on Wednesday, Dec. 17 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This orientation is where business representatives learn about the powerful impact of this regional chamber and its many avenues for promoting a business. Online pre-registration is required and limited to the first 40 people. Register by Tuesday, Dec. 16 and have your contact information provided to all attendees at Registration. To RSVP, contact Vickie Walton, Membership Director, 571-323-5308. Chamber 101 will be held at the Dulles Regional Chamber's Chantilly Office, 3901 Centerview Dr., Suite R, Chantilly.

InstantAmber and My Gym Children's Fitness Center in Chantilly have joined together for a national child safety awareness campaign. My Gym of Chantilly will serve as a resource to further community awareness of InstantAmber (InstantAmber.com), an online data registry that enables law enforcement to retrieve critical data and photos in the event of a missing child emergency. Contact Joe Gilley at 703-378-3100.

Interested in doing business with the Commonwealth of Virginia? For free business counseling on eVA, the State's web-based purchasing system, or SWaM (small, women and minority) business certification contact the Mason Enterprise Center at 703-993-9415 or send an email to jleonard@gmu.edu. This program is provided by the Virginia Department of Business Assistance. Seats are limited.

Meet local business owners and build your business network through the BNI Business Owner's Roundtable. Meetings are Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. at Eggspectation, 5009 Weston Plaza Dr., Chantilly. Cost is $8 for Continental breakfast or $12 for hot breakfast. Email Lauren Kirby at lkirby@turnaroundllc.com.

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.

The Clifton Business Connection chapter of BNI invites area business professionals to visit its weekly networking meeting held every Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Heart in Hand Restaurant in Clifton. Visit www.bninova.com.