August 2013
Taste of Tysons
New Members
Printing Advances are Revolutionizing
GovCon Council
Saying Goodbye to Windows XP
Travel Corner
Business Spotlight:Alzheimer's Family Day Center

8/22 GovCon Happy Hour
at the Tower Club

9/11 Networking Mixer sponsored by 2941 Restaurant

9/21 Taste of Tysons

9/25 Government Opportunity Outlook 2014 
Tysons Chamber Business
Lead Sharing & Networking 
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(TIPS II - Wednesdays) 
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Lisa Huffman  

As another summer is winding down, the Chamber is gearing up for an exciting fall!  We have spent the past few months creating new programs and committees that will benefit you - our members.

As I have mentioned in previous posts we have the Taste of Tysons Community Festival on September 21st with Tysons Restaurant Week to follow.  This event not only promotes our restaurants and local businesses but will help to support three of our local non-profit organizations.

This year the Chamber formed a very active and growing GovCon Council and this fall they will be bringing to you two new programs:
The Government Opportunity Outlook 2014 forum on September 25th and the Tysons Cyber Security Conference on October 22nd.
Both will have a very impressive line-up of speakers and are must attend events.

We are also looking at new engagement opportunities for you and your business. The first will be our Women's Leadership Council which will provide business women in our region the opportunity to develop both personal and professional leadership skills through education, networking, support and information-sharing.  We are also excited to be forming our Emerging Leaders Council.  The Chamber will be working with our our next generation of business leaders and assisting with their community engagement and service, career building through educational programs and connecting them to community and business leaders.  More information on both of these groups will be coming soon!


For information on upcoming programs please check out the Chamber's website, or contact the Chamber office directly, 703-281-1333.


I am looking forward to seeing you in the fall!


Lisa Huffman, TRCC President   

TASTE OF TYSONS  - September 21st * 11am - 8pm  
8229 Boone Blvd, Vienna VA 22182 

A portion of the proceeds will benefit our Non-profits Chamber members
providing food to our community:
Assistance League of Northern Virginia, Food For Others & Our Daily Bread

*  Bazin's On Church  *  Better Than Carolina BBQ
*  BGR The Burger Joint * Bistro 7107  *  Blackfinn Ameripub
*  Brio *  Capital Kettle Corn  *  Clyde's  *  Diya
*  Finnegan's Pride  *  La Sandia  *  Maggiano's
*  Pure Pasty  *  Rainbow Foods  *  Seasons 52
*  Sherri's Crab Cakes  *  Sweet City Desserts
*  YaHala * and more 

* Breakthrough Chiropractic Care LLC *
* Cabot Creamery Cooperative * Capital Remodeling *
* Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company *
* Gates Hudson * George Mason Athletics *
* Gutterhelmet by Harry Helmet *
* James Madison HS National Science Honor Society *
* Janice's Table * LeafFilter North of Virginia, Inc *
* MidAtlantic Bath Solutions * My Plumber *
* Prince William Home Improvement *
* Silpada Designs * The Business Bank *
* Windows Plus * and more 

Stage Performances

Fat Chance

Mike Terpak Blues Explosion 
School of Rock
Bayou Medicine Show 

Thanks to sponsors:
American Disposal Services
Dominion Virginia Power,
Prince William Home Improvements
The Business Bank

  dominion logo  Business Bank Logo

For more information, contact the Chamber at 703-281-1333 or


Capital Bank, n.a.

One Church Street 

Rockville, MD 20850 


William Rothwell  


Classic Concierge

1820 N. Fort Myer Dr., Suite 100 

Arlington, VA 22209 


Rebecca Willcox

Tony Curtis 


Insperity, Inc

1650 Tysons Blvd, Suite 600

McLean, VA 22102 


Gail Jeter

Stacy Bradford



Lancia Designs

11456 Abner Avenue

Fairfax, VA 22030


Lancia Soans  


MJ Mortensen Associates, LTD

8302 Professional Hill Dr., 1st floor 

Fairfax, VA 22301 


Janie Mortensen

Eric Metzger


POPImpak, Inc.

407 Fairhill Ct. 

Annapolis,  MD 21403


David Kinlein  




SAVINGS!!  When you receive your dues renewal notice, you may renew for 1, 3 or 5 years at a cost savings to your business.  Call the Chamber office for more details. 

AROUND TOWN:  Ways you can support your fellow Chamber members

Alzheimer's Family Day Center 

Wednesday, August 28th, 5pm-8pm  Music & Memory at the Silver Diner - Merrifield, 8150 Porter Road, Falls Church, VA 22042

Alzheimer's Family Day Center is very proud to be a Certified Music & Memory Care Center.  Join us to support this exciting new program just by eating!  The Silver Diner is donating a portion of the evening's proceeds which will all go towards our Music & Memory program.  You can also donate gently used iPods and iTunes gift cards at the event.   

For more information go to or call 703-204-4664.


Thursday, September 12th, 9am-10am Snapshot

Alzheimer's Family Day Center (AFDC), 2812 Old Lee Hwy, Suite 210, Fairfax, VA 22031

Want to learn more about what goes on at Alzheimer's Family Day Center?  Join us for an overview and tour! Events are offered the second Thursday of the month from 9am-10am.  Coffee and pastries provided.

For more information go to or call 703-204-4664. 


McCormick & Schmick's,  8484 Westpark Dr., Tysons Corner (703) 848-8000 

Now through August 31st - Summer Seafood Limited Catch  

Scratch and Win... Every Card is a Winner!

Order any item from the Summer Seafood menu and receive a Scratch and Win card.

Includes Free Entrees, $25 Rewards Cards and much more.


Shrimp and Shuck for a Buck -
$1 per shrimp or oyster 4pm-7pm; Happy Hour menu also available


Karin's Florist

Now - August 31, 2013  

Purchase the "For The Love of Shelter Animals' Bouquet and a portion of the product proceeds from the bouquet will benefit Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.  


Dale Carnegie 
Watch the investment you make today, pay off BIG through August 2014!
  (seats must be paid in full by Friday, August 30, 2013)  

Reston Limousine
Wine Tours - Public tours every Saturday and Sunday starting at $39 per person. For reservations call 703-438-0500 or

The Capital Grille Tysons 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

COMMUNICATIONS CORNER: Printing Advances are Revolutionizing The Way We Communicate
By Dave Young, Allegra marketing*Print*Signs of Tysons


This month's big news is that Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos just laid down a quarter of a billion dollars to buy the Washington Post.  Is he crazy?  Is he going to shut down the print operation and turn it into an internet enterprise?  Or does he have a vision of change to fundamentally alter how newspapers work?

Look at the digital technologies that have changed the printing industry more in the last decade than in the last five centuries.  Let's see how this affects us in the area of small business.  Stick with me for a bit and I will relate this to the Washington Post. 


GOVCON Council
by Tony Barnett, Leros Technologies

Have you ever found yourself at an event or meeting where someone makes an announcement that they are looking for volunteers to help with some activity?  With certainty a couple of people will step forward but sadly, most will look the other way or just continue with their conversations.  Well back in February when it was decided to create the Tysons GovCon Council I made the announcement to a group of people, business people from the government contractor industry that I knew were successful, talented and creative.  I asked for volunteers to help with a new GovCon program within the chamber, a unique program that would be led equally by government contractors and the business that support them.  Click here to learn what I received. 


TECH CORNER: Saying Goodbye to Windows XP
by Terry Whearley, CMIT Solutions of Fairfax

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will effectively flip the kill switch on Windows XP, which first debuted a technological eon ago in 2001. With no more support available for XP - no security fixes, vulnerability patches, or software updates - any PC running the operating system after April 2014 will be subject to cyber attacks,, data and identity theft, hacking, and network intrusion, both via individual machines and across internal networks.

While the end of XP is near, a little foresight and advance planning can have your small business sailing the smooth seas of an updated operating system in no time.  Review the strategies and create a transition plan to ensure that your business benefits from the needed changes. 
by Peter Himmelberger, Owner of Travel Cruise and Tour

TIP: All travelers should contact their credit card company to authorize the use of their card when traveling abroad.  Simply call the credit card company to inform them where and when you are traveling.  Otherwise, they may stop the use of the card at the worst possible time!


BONUS TIP: Travel Protection is highly recommended not only before travel begins, but especially if you are going to remote locations, even Alaska.  For instance, the average cost for an emergency evacuation in Alaska is $15,000, which is not covered by your health insurance.  Makes a broken ankle while on a glacier more than a minor injury.


TRAVEL NEWS: Speaking of Alaska, for best choice of land tours before or after a cruise, book before January to be sure your choice is available.  Things in Alaska travel are heating up!

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Alzheimer's Family Day Center
by Robin McGlothin

Alzheimer's Family Day Center is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit whose mission is to provide specialized care, support and education for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other memory impairments, their families, caregivers, and the community through our adult day health and resource center. Serving Northern Virginia since 1984, Alzheimer's Family Day Center offers a spectrum of holistic care, with a vision of a community where those affected by memory impairments can achieve the highest quality of life.
Alzheimer's Family Day Center has just become one of only three

Certified Music & Memory Care Facilities in VirginiaThe Music & Memory program is a personalized music system providing therapeutic benefits to participants by providing an individualized playlist.  Bring your friends and family to the Silver Diner in Merrifield on Wednesday, August 28th between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm. The Silver Diner is donating a portion of the evening's proceeds which will all go towards our Music & Memory program. Visit to watch our participants responding to the music.   


As the rate of Alzheimer's disease and other memory impairments rises, the demand for our programs and services is continually and dramatically increasing.  Alzheimer's Family Day Center's adult day health center is the only dementia-specific day center in the DC  metro area and still the only adult day health center in Northern Virginia with programs for people in the later stages of an Alzheimer's illness.


As members of the Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce we are able to increase community understanding of Alzheimer's disease and other memory impairments, expand opportunities for collaboration and partnership, and grow awareness for resources in the community.

                                                     Alzheimer's Family Day Center
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