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5 Ways Your Spare Change Can Make A Big Impact

5 Ways Your Spare Change Can Make A Big Impact

Nearly every time we make a purchase, it results in spare change. Some of us let it jingle around in our pockets, while others drop it into the charity bucket next to the register, hoping that it makes it to the featured charity.  Even more of us let it pile up in our vehicles, waiting for a chance to put it to use.  But, what if that spare change, as small as it may seem, could actually add up to something big - making a difference in the world or give your family a fun vacation?  The good news is that you can! 

Metropolitan School of the Arts moves academy to Kingstowne; New Board Members

Metropolitan School of the Arts moves academy to Kingstowne; New Board Members

Metropolitan School of the Arts of Alexandria, Va., recently expanded its Alexandria/Kingstowne, Va. campus to include its Academy and studio classes, upon closing its Lorton, Va. campus. Alexandria/Kingstowne MSA headquarters now provides newly renovated space for its Academy, studios and soon-to-be constructed Black Box theatre. It also welcomed four new board members, including: Jeff Lovett of Motley Fool of Alexandria, Va.; Cos Dimaggio of Tauri Group of Fairfax Station,Va.; Kusuma Aralere of Gainesville, Va.;  David Patterson of Tech Enabled Solutions in Leesburg, Va.; Jim Anderson of Fairfax Station, Va. of the Anderson Company; and Peter Van Aartrikj of the Aartrikj Company in Alexandria, Va. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for more information.

LearningRx of Reston, Vienna and Fairfax earn National Customer Service Award

LearningRx of Reston, Vienna and Fairfax earn National Customer Service Award

LearningRx Reston, Va., LearningRx Vienna, Va., and LearningRx Fairfax, Va. brain training centers were presented with a top, 2016 Customer Service Award at the company’s national convention held in Colorado Springs, Colo. The award is given to centers that have shown a strong commitment to customer satisfaction. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

“Our Vienna, Fairfax, Reston team has helped countless clients excel by training their brains to be faster and more efficient learners,” says LearningRx vice president of research and development, Tanya Mitchell. “Their personal brain trainers have produced not only life changing results, but also incredibly satisfied customers. The 2016 Customer Service Award honors them for their impeccable customer service and commitment to customer satisfaction, ” said Mitchell.

5 Challenges Every Minority/Women Owned Business Must Hurdle

5 Challenges Every Minority/Women Owned Business Must Hurdle

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of minority- and women-owned businesses is on the rise. There are now nearly 10 million women-owned firms in the country, which is a 2 million firm increase in the last five years. With minority-owned businesses also on the rise, they now make up over 8 percent of the firms in the country. What many people don’t realize is that for a minority- and women-owned business to succeed, they have to overcome some common challenges.

“Savvy Travelers is proud to be a certified minority-women owned enterprise,” explains Margarita Floris, co-founder and president of Savvy Travelers. “We have certainly overcome many challenges along the way, but we have learned from them, grown, and we are determined to let that work to our advantage, rather than for it to ever hold us back.”

While there are many challenges that minority- and women-owned businesses must overcome, here are five of the most common ones:

President of Clark Enterprises joins Boulder Crest Retreat's Honorary Board

President of Clark Enterprises joins Boulder Crest Retreat's Honorary Board

Robert Flanagan, president of Clark Enterprises, Inc., has joined the board of directors for Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness. Overseeing the acquisition, management, and development of new investment opportunities for Clark Enterprises, and as managing director of CNF Investments LLC, its private equity division, he serves on the boards of Eagle Oil & Gas Co, Brown Advisory, and Svelte Medical Systems. He is chairman of the Board of Directors of Sagent Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:SGNT) and the Federal City Council, Washington, DC., and is also a member of the Board of Advisors of Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and is a trustee of the Clark Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Carmello’s earns TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Carmello’s earns TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Carmello’s of Historic Manassas, Va. was nationally recognized by Trip Advisor with a Certificate of Excellence and winner of Open Table’s Diner’s Choice award. Carmello’s is owned by long-time Historic Manassas resident, Alice Pires. Go to www.carmellos.com.

Their seasonal menus serve a wide variety of American cuisine with Portuguese and Mediterranean influence. Carmello’s sources local ingredients, and uses fresh herbs from their backyard garden.

“We’re a community restaurant, a family restaurant...and our customers are what make us successful, we’re grateful for their continued support,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s of Historic Manassas, Va.

Mrs. Ohio Picks EOD Warrior Foundation as 2016 Charity Platform

Mrs. Ohio Picks EOD Warrior Foundation as 2016 Charity Platform

The EOD Warrior Foundation received a big endorsement this week when Mrs. Ohio, Rebecca Lynn Ryan, announced that she chose the organization for her platform partnership. Mrs. Ryan is a military wife, married to an active duty Air Force EOD warrior and Purple Heart recipient, who wants to help raise awareness and help EOD technicians as they transition from military service to civilian lives.

“We are incredibly excited that Rebecca chose us as her platform charity,” explains Nicole Motsek, executive director of the EOD Warrior Foundation. “Mrs. Ohio is going to help raise awareness for the EOD community and hopefully forward our efforts at the Foundation.”