Business Notes

Business Notes

Coffee, Tea, You and Me! will hold the seminar "Developing Your Personal Networking VisionQuest," on Friday, Sept. 5 from 3-5 p.m. at Panera Bread, 5762 Union Mill Rd., Clifton. The host is Marvin Powell. Call 703-201-4267.

VideoNEXT of Chantilly will be hosting its first Technology Day on Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 9:30-6:30 p.m. The event features indoor and outdoor interactive demonstrations of innovative technologies from a number of the security industry’s leading companies. To be held at the videoNEXT Demo Center 3852 Dulles South Court, Suite I, Chantilly. Free. Register online at

Bowman Consulting of Chantilly is pleased to announce Michelle Tillotson (Wilmington, DE) as the 2008 recipient of the Intern Scholarship Award Program. Michelle was selected from a pool of 16 college interns taking part in the Bowman Consulting Intern Experience Program. As the winner of this scholarship, Michelle will receive $3,000 to be applied towards her tuition at Lehigh University.

A Business Network Expo will be held on Monday, Sept. 15, from 4-7 p.m. at McNair Farms Community Center at 2491 McNair Farms Dr. Herndon. This is a B2B event — Admission is free. Put your 30-second elevator speech aside and come network with businesses for up to three hours. Get to really know all about our vendors, their products and services. Give them your business card for future referrals. Door Prizes will be awarded. Contact co-coordinator of event Terry Jones of Cruises Inc. 703-793-9386 or

Nicholas Draper, president of Granite Source in Chantilly, announced that Mike Kostello, formerly a senior project manager with NV Homes, has been appointed as operations manager. Granite Source, a leading manufacturer of custom granite and marble countertops in Virginia, recently added this position in response to a steady growth pattern that required additional leadership.

Kostello brings more than 25 years experience in customer service — as a district manager for Color Tile, a partner in East Coast Associates, and most recently, with NV Homes. He is no stranger to the countertop industry, as East Coast Associates fabricated and distributed custom countertops in the Washington, D.C. area.

The Junior League of Northern Virginia, a women's volunteer organization that empowers women to be a driving force to improve the Northern Virginia community and help prepare children for success, welcomes 70 local women to its new member class. In the past two years, the JLNV has increased its new member classes by nearly 25 percent, bringing its total membership to 493.

Membership is now open to all women aged 21 years and over residing in Northern Virginia and its surrounding areas for the JLNV's fall new member class. Several informational events are planned throughout the area for prospective members to meet active JLNV members and learn more about the organization. Events will be held at the following locations:

* Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m.-noon at Panera Bread, 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

* Information Sessions — Monday, Aug. 4 from 7-9 p.m. at The Dandelion Patch, 11923 Market St., Reston.

* Monday, Sept. 8, 2008, 7-9 p.m. at The Dandelion Patch, 111 Church St. NW, Vienna.

Applications for the fall new member class are due by Sept. 15. E-mail to register for an event or for more information about membership.

Michael and Laura Pierce, providers of non-medical in-home care services to local families, were recently honored by CK Franchising Inc. for their performance as a Comfort Keepers franchise owner. The Pierces were recognized during the Celebration Dinner and Awards Ceremony during the Comfort Keepers Annual Conference held in Tucson, May 31.

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

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

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