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Fairfax's Virginia Small Businesses Summit and Best Buddies Fundraiser

Fairfax to Host Small Business Summit

The Virginia Small Business Partnership announced that the third annual Virginia Small Business Summit will be held on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 at the Mason Inn Conference Center & Hotel in Fairfax.

“Continuing our long tradition of hosting the Virginia Small Business Summit in September, we chose to honor the distinction made by the Virginia General Assembly in naming Sept. 21 Small Business Day in Virginia. We believe it is fitting and proper to honor that distinction and highlight the important role small businesses play in Virginia’s economy,” said M. David Skiles, chairman, Virginia Small Business Partnership.

The Virginia Small Business Summit is the first event of its kind in the Commonwealth of Virginia and marks the third straight year the Virginia Small Business Partnership has hosted the summit. The purpose of this event is to provide small business owners and entrepreneurs with the opportunity to discuss commonsense business friendly ideas to help improve Virginia’s small business climate.

The 2012 Virginia Small Business Summit will focus on five issues important to the small business community: healthcare, education, energy, contracting and procurement, and small business manufacturing.

Best-Buddies Fundraiser

Piero’s Corner Italian Restaurant will host a Best Buddies fundraiser Sunday, Sept. 16, at 5 p.m. for its busboy, Eric Latcheran of Chantilly, and his friend Ryan Gutkowski of Clifton. The restaurant is at 9959 Main St. in Fairfax. Eric, 25, and Ryan, 24, have intellectual disabilities and are raising money so they may participate in the fun run at the annual Best Buddies Challenge, Oct. 20, in Washington, D.C. Piero’s will donate a percentage of its Sept. 16 food proceeds toward the cause.