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Business Notes March 19-25

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Cuyler Thomas has been promoted to Executive Chef at Carlyle located in Arlington. Thomas has been with Great American Restaurants for over 17 years and has held many roles with the company, most recently as chef at Artie’s located in Fairfax.

First Edition Toastmasters meets every Friday at noon at 1300 Wilson Blvd., 11th Floor, Rosslyn. The diverse membership of this Toastmasters chapter includes small business owners and employees with a variety of government agencies and associations. Visit to find out how Toastmasters can help improve skills in all areas of public speaking and communicate more effectively in everything done. Contact Josh McIntire at 703-585-0117 or joshmcintire@hotmail.com. Visit www.firsteditiontm.org.

The Arlington Chapter of Business Networking International (BNI) meets for breakfast every Tuesday from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Arlington Holiday Inn, 4610 N. Fairfax Drive. BNI leverages the power of word-of-mouth marketing and offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and referrals as they grow their business. Only one person per professional classification or specialty may join a chapter. Contact Greg Brewer at 703-237-2705.

The Northern Virginia Business Referrals group meets every Tuesday at 7 a.m. for breakfast at the Metro 29 Diner, 4711 Lee Highway. The group facilitates networking by limiting membership to one member per profession and has been in existence since 1996. Call 703-312-7117 or visit www.nvbr.org.

Rotary Club of Rosslyn-Fort Myer meets for lunch on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn's Vantage Point Restaurant, 1900 Fort Myer Drive. All Rotarians are welcome to join in the fellowship. Rotary is a community service organization made up of business professionals dedicated to service above self. Contact Chris Zabriskie at 240-346-4237 or czabriskie@ix.netcom.com.

The nation’s leading charity evaluator, Charity Navigator, has granted a “Four Star” rating to Arlington’s own humane society, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. The Animal Welfare League of Arlington is one of only three animal welfare organizations in Virginia to earn this honor. Charity Navigator’s review of the Animal Welfare League of Arlington’s fiscal health is available online at http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm/bay/search.summary/orgid/7152.htm.

The Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund has awarded a $35,000 one-year grant to Arlington Free Clinic to provide medically under served women in Arlington access to comprehensive breast health care, including regular mammograms and clinical breast exams, breast health education and follow up services as needed for breast abnormalities. For more information on AFC’s Women’s Breast Health program, call Martha Ware, Program Manager at 703-979-1425, ext. 28.

Engineering Services Network Inc. (ESN), a trusted leader in engineering and technology solutions based in Arlington, will be recognized as a fast-growing minority-owned business by the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) at its 2008 Celebration of Northern Virginia Business Success.