June 2013
Governor's Bowl - Food and Fund Drive
What Are Mobile Users Looking For?
The Best Tech Gadgets for Summer Travel
Travel Corner
Caling All Beanie Babies!
New Members
Business Spotlight:Metro DC DJs

6/20 Networking Mixer sponsored by PS Business Parks and Sweetleaf  

9/21 Taste of Tysons 
Tysons Chamber Business
Lead Sharing & Networking 
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(TIPS II - Wednesdays) 
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Lisa Huffman  

Last year Governor McDonnell asked all Virginia Chambers to join him in combating hunger in the Commonwealth and we all answered the challenge.  Through our joint efforts, we provided the equivalent of three quarters of a million pounds of food for Virginia's food banks. 


While this was an amazing effort on everyone's part, for far too many of our citizens the problem of hunger remains.  The regional food banks continue to rely on our support to help feed our hungry neighbors.


We live in a prosperous area and it can be easy to think that hunger is an issue that exists only in "other" places. But, ask any of the dedicated staff and volunteers at our local food banks and they will tell you how they witness every day the results of trying economic times on the faces of the countless families they serve.  As we move into the summer months we also approach the time of year when private donations are down and demand is up.  There are children and adults in every zip code in Virginia who continue to lack food and NEED OUR HELP!


Once again, the Governor is asking all of us to step up by participating in his second annual Governor's Bowl and Food Drive and the Tysons Regional Chamber has a made a commitment to support the initiative.  So now I am asking each of you to help us support our neighbors.  If you would like to help, please read the article below or contact the Chamber office.


Thank you and have a wonderful summer!


Lisa Huffman, TRCC President   


GOVERNOR'S BOWL - Chamber of Commerce Challenge Food and Fund Drive

Did you know that 641,000 of our neighbors in the Washington metro area are at risk of hunger?  1 in 5 are children. This year the Tysons Regional Chamber is asking all of our members to get involved.  We will make it easy for you - you collect the items - give us a call and we will personally come pick up your donations and deliver them to the Capital Area Food Bank.  Donations are due no later than July 4!   


Some of the most wanted items are:  

Canned Fruits (in light syrup or its own juices)   

Canned Vegetables (low sodium, no salt added)   

Multigrain Cereal (cheerios, cornflakes, grapenuts, raisin brand)  

Grains (brown & white rice, oatmeal, bulgur, quinoa, couscous, mac & cheese)

Canned Proteins (tuna, chicken, peanut butter, beans)  

Soups (low sodium, beef stew, chili, chicken noodle, turkey & rice)  

100% Juice (all sizes, including juice boxes) 

Condiments (tomato based sauces, light soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, salad dressing, oils)

Snacks (whole grain, low in added sugars, individually packed snacks, crackers, trail mix, dried fruit, granola/cereal bars, pretzels, sandwich crackers)

Baking Goods (flour, sugar, spices)

Hygiene Items (diapers, deodorants, feminine products, toilet paper, tissues, soap, toothpaste, shampoo)  

Paper Products & Household Items (paper towels, napkins, cleaning supplies)


To stimulate office participation, consider some of these ideas:

1) Dress Down Day - if you bring in a certain number of food items you may wear casual attire.

2) Potluck Day - everyone brings a dish for lunch and in order to gain entrance you must bring a certain number of food items.

3) Costume Theme Day - Create a theme; if you bring in a certain number of food items you may dress in a costume with that theme.

4) Food Theme Day - challenge co-workers to bring in as many different food items as possible in a certain category.


When your company drive is over, call the Chamber office, 703-281-1333 or email, and we will personally come pick up your goods.


Let's answer the challenge and help take care of our neighbors! 

The Capital Grille Tysons's Corner  


Tuesdays, beginning June 11th - Complimentary hors d'oeuvres in the lounge 5-6:30p.m.  All menu offerings are compliments of Executive Chef Jeff Surma.

Generous Pour - begins July 8-September 1.
$25 for a tasting of six wines
Reservations made before June 30th will receive a complimentary Amuse Bouche from the kitchen; just mention you are interested in the GP Wine Event. 

SHRED, FED, Get the Junk Out From Under Your BED
Saturday, June 15th from 12-4pm 

Westbriar Elementary School 

1741 Pine Valley Drive, Vienna, VA 22182 

SHRED - Bring your documents for FREE shredding by TRUE SHRED!

FED - Food drive for FOOD FOR OTHERS.  Help support this local organization

BED - Donate home or personal items to the SALVATION ARMY

Brought to you by your neighbor, local Realtor and Chamber member - Jeff Wu!, 240-994-7938  


Assistance League of Northern Virginia - Fundraising Event 
Sunday, July 14, 2013 

Stone's Cove Kitbar  

2403 Centreville Rd, Herndon, VA 20171

10% of all proceeds will go to the ALNV, an all volunteer nonprofit organization that feeds, clothes, educates and nurtures those in need in our community. 

COMMUNICATIONS CORNER: What Are Mobile Users Looking For?
By Dave Young, Allegra of Tysons


According to Google's Think Insights, 48% of consumers have felt frustrated and annoyed when visiting a site that was not designed with the mobile user in mind. Given the prevalence of smartphones and tablets, can you afford to annoy that many potential or current customers?


Clearly not. Now is the time to optimize your website for the mobile market. Whether you are optimizing for the first time, or redoing your mobile site to make it more user-friendly, you need to understand what mobile users are looking for. Here are some tips from Dave Young from Allegra of Tysons. 


TECH CORNER: The Best Tech Gadgets for Summer Travel
by Terry Whearley, CMIT Solutions of Fairfax

As you pack your bag for your next adventure, here are some tech gadgets that will make your summer travels even more enjoyable.  Keeping your mobile device handy and displayed, capturing video of your snorkel or scuba trip, keeping your tech gear afloat - take a look at solutions for these, and more.   
by Peter Himmelberger, Owner of Travel Cruise and Tour

TIP.  If traveling with children take a picture of them with your phone each morning; If they get separated or lost you will have a very recent photo and not have to "remember" what they are wearing during your moments of panic.  It also makes a great keep sake as well for where you were!; No film to get developed; you can easily mms or email as needed.


Bonus TIP  When shopping in Europe. 

It is standard to greet the staff as you enter with a friendly 'Buongiorno' or 'Buonasera'. When paying, the staff usually expects you to put coins down on the surface or dish provided, rather than placing money directly into their hands, and they will do the same when giving you your change (il resto).   


Travel News.  The official hurricane season in the Northern Hemisphere is 1 June through 30 November but worst months are generally mid-August through 30 September.
Barbados in the east and Aruba in the west are islands that rarely are affected by hurricanes as they either form after passing or turn to the north long before getting that far.    
Calling All Beanie Babies!
by Beth Maline, Assistance League of Northern Virginia

Summer is here and while you are cleaning out your closets Assistance League of Northern Virginia is looking for Beanie Babies to be donated to their Hugs Pillow Program. These pillows are heart-shaped and have a pocket which are then filled with age-appropriate items and a beanie baby. Members distribute these huggable pillows to the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Clinic at Inova Fairfax Hospital to help distract young victims of sexual assault and abuse from the traumatic situation they have experienced. Each year, the SANE Program serves about 550 patients. Approximately 65% of these patients are under 16 years old and about 65% are female. For additional information you may contact our Coordinator Mary Ann Cadin 703-263-7649 or email at subject: pillows.


Breakthrough Chiropractic Care

 402 Maple Ave., W, Suite C

Vienna, VA 22180


Dr. Ben Glasman, D.C. 


Hometown Title & Escrow LLC

8133 Leesburg Pike, Suite 220

Vienna, VA 22182


Sharon Keegan 


Plan Ahead Events

11654 Plaza America Drive, Suite 177

Reston, VA 20190


Tom Azcona

Alan Gloger



Robison & Robison Services

13183 Quade Lane

Woodbridge, VA 22193


Mark Schreiner 

Jim Robison 



Tate, Bywater & Fuller, PLC

2740 Chain Bridge Road

Vienna, VA 22181


Allan Robertson 




SAVINGS!!  When you receive your dues renewal notice, you may opt to renew for 3 or 5 years at a cost savings to your business.  Call the Chamber office for more details. 

by Jarrod Wronski
Metro DC DJs is a full-service entertainment company serving the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, providing DJs, emcees, sound systems and lighting.  Our ideal client is one who wants to take their event to the next level.  Whether it's wanting an emcee who can think on their feet and react to the crowd, a DJ who knows the right song to play, or add some elegant up-lighting or custom gobo to put their in lights.  Our goal is to make your event and experience to be remembered. 

We have cultivated great relationships within the Chamber that have been beneficial to both parties, helping both of us grow our businesses.

Metro DC DJs  
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