APRIL 2012
Vienna Volunteer Recognition Day
Bike to Work Day
Young Professionals
Communications Corner
Coaches Corner
Developers Corner
New Members
Business Spotlight: Verizon
Member Spotlight: Diana Carlin
5/1: Young Professionals Joint Happy Hour With a Cause
5/2: Young Professionals 2nd Quarterly Roundtable
5/17: Sip and Sample
6/13: VTRCC 2012 Awards  
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Kevin McCoy

I dare say that most of our members, like me, joined the VTRCC with one clear objective: to drive more customers to their respective businesses. However, being a member of the VTRCC has value far beyond simply increasing your sales revenue. Businesses cannot run on customers alone. What about managing overhead? How do you manage your employees? What is the best way to manage your books? Are you paying an appropriate amount for office space? Is your business organized correctly? What are the tax implications for your business? The answers to these questions, and a myriad of others, are easily answered by resources available to all VTRCC members. Did you know that the VTRCC offers a Member-to-Member discount program (via its website: through which members can use the services of other members (and offer their own services) at discounted prices? Did you know that the VTRCC offers business education lectures through its Brown Bag University? Did you know that the VTRCC has two TIPS groups (i.e., networking) that meet every week and exchange information and leads? How about this one: Did you know the VTRCC offers an Rx discount card that is FREE to all members? Did you put an ad in the VTRCC membership directory? These are all benefits of the VTRCC that, as a member, you should be taking advantage of today. (Click here for more


Kevin McCoy, VTRCC Chairman

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VIENNA NEWS: Volunteer Recognition Day
Mayor Jane Seeman proclaimed Tuesday, April 10, as Volunteer Recognition Day in the Town of Vienna to celebrate and promote volunteerism in the community. A special meeting of Vienna At
Your Service was held on April 10, at 7:30pm in the Flame Room of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, to recognize the individuals nominated as outstanding volunteers for 2012. Click here to see the list of winners.
TYSONS NEWS: Bike to Work Day is May 18
Bike to Work DayJoin District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia commuters and leave your car behind to cycle to work May 18 for Bike to Work Day 2012-a regional event that last year drew a record-breaking 11,000 participants. The first 11,000 bicyclists who register and attend will receive a free Bike to Work Day t-shirt and become eligible to win great prizes. Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) anticipate registration will again break records with both new and experienced cyclists taking to the streets to promote bicycling to work as a fun, healthy, environmentally friendly, and low cost alternative to drive alone commuting. Cyclists can join "commuter convoys" with experienced cyclists leading the way, and they can pedal to any of the 59 pit stops across the National Capital Region where refreshments, entertainment and giveaways will be part of the celebration. Cyclists can register, find pit stop locations and learn how to join a commuter convoy at
The VTRCC Young Professionals Committee has been steadily growing since early last year. Find  out more about how young professionals share their mutual interest in social and business networking, community involvement, and professional development. Click for more.
VTTV The Ratings are in and the debut of Vienna Tysons TV is a smash hit! Hosted by Le-Ha Anderson of Dominion Virginia Power and brought to you by Fairfax Public Access Television, the show provides quality guests discussing issues of concern and interest to VTRCC members. The April show hosted Dr. Stephen Fuller, Director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University and Cheree Warrick, CEO of The Profit Partner. The May show will feature a special appearance by State Delegate Mark Keam and a segment of interviews from Opp 2012. Tune in to watch Channel 10 in Fairfax County (Cox, Verizon, Comcast) on Wednesday May 2 at 6:30pm, Saturday May 5 at 9:30pm, and Sunday May 6 at 6:00am. The hour-long "Breakfast With Millionaires" show will air May 3 at 10pm, May 8 at 7pm and May 15 at 9:30pm. Watch these and other videos at  
Developing Your Social Media Strategy. Hard to believe we're already in the middle of April, 2012! No worries...there's still time to clean the slate and build an improved social media strategy that will better benefit your business in the coming months. Here are some things to keep in mind when constructing your strategy for this year. (Click here)
COACHES CORNER by Joan Fletcher

Lead Yourself First. We live in an area where it is normal to work long hours. How can a person find time to work on themselves? As a professional coach, Joan Fletcher works with people in challenging positions. These leaders focus on skills  strategy and heart but they leave out a key step - themselves. The ability to lead comes from working on yourself and Joan believes it can be done in small, powerful ways. (Click here for more

Curious how the public transit system expansion can accommodate the desired economic growth over the next several decades? The Fairfax County Department of Transportation will conduct a county wide study to answer that question. Read more and access on the online survey here.

Argent Place Advisors, LLC

Michael Mort 



Meg Collins 


Benefits Provider Network  

David Miller


Carr Workplaces

Michael Kloppenburg 


Educational Connection, Inc. 

Ann Dolin 


Minuteman Press of Vienna 

Vivek Rai 

Verizon Communications

Eril Hawkins   


Ya Hala

Bassem Yamah  


Verizon Success at Verizon is not measured merely by business performance. It's about a concept Verizon calls 'shared success.' There is more to Verizon's reputation than their performance in financial markets. It's the totality of their identity; the quality of their people; the value of their brand; and their standing in the community. Verizon's shared success strategy is about leveraging their corporate values to create economic and social value.  They strive to share their success with the community to make the world in which we all live better than it was yesterday. In Northern Virginia, this commitment to community manifests itself across several key areas, including:  education, family safety, healthcare, and sustainability.  Through the Verizon Foundation they partner with a number of nonprofit organizations whose missions align with these key areas. Verizon has brought these strong values to the Chamber and has become a strong VTRCC supporter.

Erik Hawkins, Verizon Small Business
22001 Loudoun County Pkwy., Ashburn, VA 20147
703-886-7738  |  
Diana Carlin
Diana Carlin, Vice President of Damon Galleries Ltd. has been selected as the VTRCC Member spotlight for  April. Diana joined the Chamber to expand her contacts among local businesses and to more fully participate in Chamber events. Click here to read more about Diana and her tireless service to the VTRCC. 

Diana Carlin, Damon Galleries, Ltd.
220 Maple Avenue, West, Vienna, VA 22180  |  703-938-7000  
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