February 2013
FCPS Job Shadowing
Computer CORE Networking
Weekend Food For Kids
Tech Corner: Protect Your Business From Identity Thieves
Communications Corner...4 Tips To Get More Followers for Your Blog
Youth and Education Reception
New Members

3/21/13 Youth & Education Mixer/Reception

4/7/13 Tysons Regional Chamber 5K Corporate Challenge 
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Lisa Huffman 

The Tysons Regional Chamber has entered a new year and with it kicked off an exciting new program and partnership with the Fairfax County Public Schools.


A few months ago I asked area business to take part in the Chamber's first Job Shadow program. By doing so you would provide students an up-close look at how the skills they learn in school are put into action in the workplace, reinforcing the connection between academic achievement and career planning. At the same time, businesses would gain awareness of the potential talent of their future workforce in our local high schools and have the opportunity to assist our students in their career planning. I am so pleased at the number of organizations that volunteered to be part of the program and would like to thank each of you for opening your doors and taking the opportunity to make a difference in life of a student.


This is part of the mission of the Chamber - to bring businesses and the community together to work towards the future.  And, what better way to do so than to by helping our future business leaders.


Lisa Huffman, TRCC President 

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FCPS Partners with Tysons Chamber for Job Shadow Program

Fairfax County Public Schools has partnered with the Chamber to sponsor a job shadow program for high schools within the Chamber's district including Madison, Marshall and Oakton High Schools as well as Marshall Academy. During January and February, students will shadow professionals in various fields including business management, operations, cosmetology, information technology, and finance. Fairfax Public Access television will air a segment featuring students who shadowed with Dominion Power and Vital Edge Solutions. At least one of these students landed an internship.  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Computer C.O.R.E Business to Business Networking

On Thursday, March 21, Computer C.O.R.E. will be sponsor a Business to Business Networking event from 5:00-7:00pm to benefit Computer C.O.R.E for networking, light appetizers, door prizes and a cash bar at DaDomenico Ristorante in Tysons. The event promises two hours of networking and meeting new people. A suggested minimum donation of $10 is your entry fee (cash or check).  Please feel free to invite your networking colleagues. Contact past Chamber President Gina Cocomello, for more information and to RSVP.

Weekend Food For Kids
Weekend Food For Kids

Fairfax County has 89,000 residents struggling with hunger including 38,000 children. One in five children in public school are eligible for free or reduced price meals but what do these children eat on weekends? Assistance League of Northern Virginia started WEEEKEND FOOD FOR KIDS that provides nutritional food for children to eat over the weekend. Thanks to a large grant from Dominion Virginia Power,the program provided 9,960 bags of food to hungry children during the past school year. This is a perfect project for a business to support, both financially and with volunteer hours in the form of shopping, packing and delivery. You can help in fundraising, sponsoring a school or a monthly event. See more here.

TECH CORNER: Protect Your Business From Identity Thieves
by Terry Whearley, CMIT Solutions of Fairfax

When you hear about identity theft in the news, it's often in the context of individuals impersonating other individuals. But when somebody tries to impersonate your business, the life of your business and the trust of your customers are at stake and it is every bit as vital to protect your business identity. Because businesses share with the public a lot of information that individuals tend to keep private, such as phone numbers and addresses, little is required to open up credit card accounts in your name, and run up bills that will eventually come to you.  There are ways, however, to guard against such intrusions.Click here to read the rest of the article.

COMMUNICATIONS CORNER: 4 Tips to Get More Followers for Your Blog
by Peg McDermott, COGO Interactive If you've started a blog for your website, you've taken an important step in your marketing journey. However, in order for that step to benefit your business, you have to find ways to get people reading the blog posts you write. Here are four things to keep in mind, both when you're writing your blog, and when you're trying to find effective ways to promote it. Click here for the rest of the article. 
Youth and Education Reception

The March 21 mixer will be unforgettable and inspirational and you won't want to miss it!  We will be taking a traditional networking opportunity and adding a slight twist to it - recognizing the incredible talent in our local schools and spotlighting entrepreneurship. 


Imagine a future where great minds, uninhibited by limitations, sparked by advances in new technologies and motivated by a community with unconditional support could cure major diseases, solve complex problems and create inventions that simplify life.  That is the glimpse into the future that you will experience at this year's Youth and Education reception.  Area school students will display their work and perform their talents while member entrepreneurs from the Chamber will spotlight their creative and innovative businesses.  Exposing impressionable young people to today's business leaders has tremendous possibilities for the future.  And showcasing successful entrepreneurs helps to open young minds.  Entrepreneurs interested in displaying their business should contact Maureen Loftus at  We hope to see you there!


Thursday, March 21

6 - 8 PM

Gannett Atrium


Please visit the Chamber website,, to register for this event.

Capital Computers & Networks, Inc.

26 Fairfax St., SE, Suite K

Leesburg, VA 20715

Tom Watson CEO

T.J. Young, Director, Business Development


Inner Core Wellness

2108-A Gallows Road

Vienna, VA 22182

Maria Sison-Wright



JREGOnline, Inc., dba WSIWebMark

1390 Chain Bridge Road, #660

McLean, VA 22101

Gary & Roz Levine, Principals



Mom Corps

1350 Beverly Road, Suite 115-125

McLean, VA 22101

Jennifer Bainbridge, President


Re/Max Executives

4000 Legato Road, Suite 105

Fairfax, VA 22033

June Rodgers, Associate Broker, Realtor



United Charitable Programs

6201 Leesburg Pike, Suite 405

Falls Church, VA 22044

Jan Ridgely, Executive Director

John Houk, III, President



Venable LLP

8010 Towers Crescent Drive, #300

Vienna, VA 22191

James Boland, Associate





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