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Toll Brothers, the nation's leading builder of luxury homes, recently opened its newest 10,000-square-foot Design Studio in Chantilly, offering new home buyers hundreds of interior and exterior design options to customize their new home. The brand-new showroom features awe-inspiring vignettes of seven complete kitchens, six bathroom suites, a study, a media room, and more. New Toll Brothers home buyers can make an appointment to tour the Design Studio by calling 703-481-TOLL (8655). Browsing hours are available for prospective buyers, Saturdays 11–6 and Sundays 12–6. Visit TollBrothers.com.

The results from the 2009-2010 Brookfield Civic Association election held on Jan. 26 at Brookfield Elementary School are as follows: New officers are Larry Leeds, president; Margie Wheedleton, vice president; Terrie Koustenis, secretary; and Shelley Leeds, treasurer. The new directors are: John Moore, government liason; Jim Rollins, construction coordinator; Steve Russick, community rep coordinator; and Sami Besalel, web master.

Creative Dance Center (Ashburn & Chantilly), was ranked the No. 1 Competition Dance Studio in Virginia and No. 20 in the Nation by Dancer Magazine. According to Dancer Magazine, "The top 50 cover all pockets of America... each bring something different and unique to the stage. But the uniting factor is the value they all place on hard work, passion and drive."

Chantilly-based American Systems, a government and commercial IT solutions provider and one of the top 100 employee-owned companies in the U.S., announced the appointment of Tim Halstead to vice president, Readiness Strategic Business Area (SBA). Halstead will lead a team that helps military and civilian agencies train and educate their personnel to perform tasks critical to their organizations’ missions.

The Sully District office of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) and the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce will team up Friday, Feb. 27 to present a free Business Resources Workshop to help Sully District business people learn about business-related services and resources.

The program at the Sully District Government Center will run from 8-10:30 a.m. and will feature a discussion of services and resources available to help businesses locate and expand in western Fairfax County. Speaking will be Sully District Supervisor Michael R. Frey, FCEDA President and CEO Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., and Dulles Regional Chamber President and CEO Eileen Curtis. More information about the program is available at http://www.fairfaxcountyeda.org/sullyDistrictEventInfo.htm

The Sully District Governmental Center is at 4907 Stonecroft Boulevard in Chantilly. Continental breakfast will be provided. Space is limited, however, and attendees must register in advance. Interested business people must RSVP to Shannon Hicks of the FCEDA at 703-790-0600 or shicks@fceda.org.

A Free Business Network Expo will be held on Tuesday, March 10 from 4-7 p.m. at the McNair Farms Community Center at 2491 McNair Farms Dr. Herndon. This is a B2B event – Admission is free. Contact co-coordinator of event Terry Jones of Cruises, Inc. 703-793-9386 or biznetworkexpo@gmail.com

Karen Trainor, associate broker with the Weichert Realtors Fair Oaks office in Fairfax, received the 2008 Manager of the Year Award during the Virginia Association of Realtors' (VAR) annual awards reception, held Feb. 12 in Richmond. She is a member of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors (NVAR).

The Herndon Chamber of Commerce celebrates 50 years with an Anniversary Gala on Saturday, Feb. 21at 7 p.m. – midnight, at Westfields Marriott in Chantilly. The event is titled Hour Story: Fifty Years at the Herndon Chamber. Each hour will recreate one of the five decades through music, lighting, special celebrity appearances and a cascade of pictures on screen depicting history and chamber events from that decade. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online at www.dullesregionalchamber.org/events. Contact the Chamber at 571-323-5304.

Two new businesses have opened at the Franklin Farm Village Center. American Health & Wellness Center, specializing in chiropractic care and sports injuries, and Homemade Pizza Company are now open.

* American Health & Wellness Center focuses on all aspects of health through chiropractic massage as well as fitness, nutrition and stress management according to Owner, Dr. Karl Petrie. Petrie is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, which allows him to help anyone from athletes to non-competitors and pregnant women to children overcome injuries, weight issues and cardiovascular health. The center is open Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. and Sunday by appointment.

* Homemade Pizza Company (http://www.homemadepizza.com/) is a new retail concept that provides bake-at-home pizzas. Using all natural ingredients, crews create made-to-order pizzas for customers to pick up and bake at home. In addition to pizza, the menu also features a variety of salads and desserts. Homemade Pizza Company is open Monday through Thursday 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. Delivery is available for an additional charge.

Franklin Farm Village Center is located at the intersection of Fairfax County Parkway and Franklin Farm Road in Herndon. The center includes Giant and Sears Appliance & Hardware. The shopping center is owned by Franklin Farm, LLC, and The Rappaport Companies of McLean, manages the property.

Got filing questions about your 2008 federal and Virginia state taxes? It’s tax time again, and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants is offering free tax assistance to Virginia taxpayers through its Tax Resource Center — a special section on the consumer Web site www.FinancialFitness.org.

In addition, anyone filing federal or state tax returns in the Commonwealth of Virginia can get free online tax advice by e-mailing questions at www.FinancialFitness.org through the "Ask a CPA" Tax Help E-mail Program. Experienced, licensed certified public accountants (CPA) will provide answers to tax questions within three business days. Tax questions can be submitted online now through April 8, 2009.

Contact VSCPA Media & Public Relations Specialist Shawnte Reynolds at sreynolds@vscpa.com or 800-733-8272.

The Long & Foster Companies announced the appointment of Tim Wilson, 49, as president of Affiliated Businesses for The Long & Foster Companies, comprised of Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., the largest and most-respected privately-owned real estate company in America, Prosperity Mortgage Company, Long & Foster Insurance Agency, Inc., and Long & Foster Settlement Services. Wilson replaces Dave Stevens who was recently promoted to president of The Long & Foster Companies.

The Assistance League of Northern Virginia will be holding a raffle for a trip to the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Ga., on April 11-12, 2009. The prize package valued at over $8,500 includes two passes to the final weekend of the tournament, three nights hotel accommodations, three day car rental and unlimited hospitality privileges at the 1018 Club. The fund-raising effort supports the Assistance League's philanthropic projects: Operation Hugs, which supplies comfort items to youth and adult victims of sexual assault; as well as packages of infant care essentials to needy mothers; and Operation School Bell, which enhances literacy skills for local at-risk early elementary school students. Tickets are $100. Mail to: P.O. Box 209, Herndon, VA 20172-0209. Go to www.northernvirginia.assistanceleague.org. Call 703-476-2336.

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.