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Valon Salon has been selected for the 2008 Best of Centreville Award in the Hair Salons category by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA).

The USLBA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2008 USLBA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USLBA and data provided by third parties.

The Herndon Chamber of Commerce announces a series of special programs for 2009 to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The Chamber turns 50 years old in January. Launching the celebrations will be the Birthday Party Mixer, taking place at the Herndon Municipal Center on Jan. 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Center, located at 777 Lynn Street, Herndon. $15 Members; $20 Non-Members;. Reservations can be made at www.dullesregionalchamber.org/events.

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The Chamber will stage its premiere celebration with an Anniversary Gala titled Hour Story: Eat, Drink and Dance Your Way Through Five Decades. This will include silent and live auction, a scrolling visual history of the Chamber events and leaders interspersed with major events of those decades. The event is being held on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 7 p.m. to midnight, at Westfields Marriott in Chantilly.

The Chantilly-Centreville Chamber hosts the monthly Power Networking Breakfast on Thursday, Jan. 22 from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Select - Dulles Expo Center, 4335 Chantilly Shopping Center. Cost for members is $25; non-members $30. Contact the Chamber at 571-323-5304; or to register online, visit www.dullesregionalchamber.org/events.

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, Jan. 21 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 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.

The Chantilly-Centreville Chamber of Commerce and Network Solutions present a program aimed at taking financial mastery to the next level with a better understanding of the power of QuickBooks. The speaker is "The QuickBooks Guru" Armit Khalsa who, over the last 18 years, founded, managed and sold two successful service companies. This Brown Bag Luncheon takes place on Friday, Jan. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Chantilly-Centreville Chamber presents these monthly luncheon seminars at the Dulles Regional Chamber’s office, 3901 Centerview Drive, Suite R, Chantilly. Register online at www.dullesregionalchamber.org or by calling 571-323-5304.

The ITT Chantilly campus at 14420 Albemarle Point Place, Chantilly, is collecting Toys for Tots now through Dec. 22. Donations are accepted Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.

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.