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What It Takes To Be An American Business Success Story

What It Takes To Be An American Business Success Story

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, only half of all businesses that open survive five years, and around one-third survive to 10 years. Many people want to achieve the American success story, where they think of an idea, bring it to market, and enjoy the success from their hard work, but that’s not what happens to most people who make the attempt. Serial entrepreneur Tina Aldatz is one of the stories of someone who did overcome tragedy and become an American success, helping to keep that dream alive for others.

“Sometimes the thing that takes you to the finish line and helps propel you to success is determination more than anything,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of travel wellness company Savvy Travelers. “I was determined to do something that would change the course for my family, and that’s just what I did when I invented Foot Petals and now Savvy Travelers.”

How One Small Business Thrives Among the Big Dogs

How One Small Business Thrives Among the Big Dogs

Millions of small businesses around the nation struggle when they are competing with big corporations. Many end up throwing in the towel because they can’t find a way to give themselves an edge in order to survive. One small business, Hound & Gatos Pet Foods Corporation, has found a recipe for thriving among an industry of big dogs.

“Looking at the pet food industry as a whole, most people would shy away from even attempting to enter it,” explains Will Post, founder and CEO, Hound & Gatos Pet Foods Corporation. “But as the big corporations go one way, I tend to go the other, and that’s precisely what has helped me to thrive in this market. It’s all about finding your own way, despite what the big corporations are doing alongside of you.”

CARMELLO’S WARMS the HEART with VALENTINE’s WEEKEND DINNER and ROSES and CAKEBREAD WINE DINNER

CARMELLO’S WARMS the HEART with  VALENTINE’s WEEKEND DINNER and ROSES  and CAKEBREAD WINE DINNER

Carmello’s is hosting a Cakebread Cellar Wine Dinner, Thurs., Feb. 11. at 7 p.m. for $110 inclusive, per person at Carmello’s on Center Street in Manassas, Va. The four-course dinner will feature Cakebread Cellar wines that complement dishes from Carmello’s new winter menu.  A special Valentine’s Day dinner is also being served from Fri., Feb. 12 through Sun., Feb. 14 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., to include a rose. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.  

The Cakebread Cellar wine dinner menu includes:  1st Course Sauvignon Blanc 2014

CARMELLO’s 29th ANNIVERSARY: GET 29 PERCENT OFF DINNER FEB. 1 to FEB. 6

CARMELLO’s 29th ANNIVERSARY: GET 29 PERCENT OFF DINNER FEB. 1 to FEB. 6

Carmello’s of Old Historic Manassas, Va. is celebrating its 29th anniversary on Feb. 5th. In gratitude to their customers, they’re offering 29 percent off food items from Mon., Feb. 1 through Sat., Feb. 6, featuring their new winter menu. Menu prices vary.  For more information and reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.

“We invite all our customers to come and join us for our anniversary celebration…we’re grateful for their continued patronage,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza of Historic Manassas, Va.

CARMELLO’s 29th ANNIVERSARY: GET 29 PERCENT OFF DINNER FEB. 1 to FEB. 6

CARMELLO’s 29th ANNIVERSARY: GET 29 PERCENT OFF DINNER FEB. 1 to FEB. 6

Carmello’s of Old Historic Manassas, Va. is celebrating its 29th anniversary on Feb. 5th. In gratitude to their customers, they’re offering 29 percent off food items from Mon., Feb. 1 through Sat., Feb. 6, featuring their new winter menu. Menu prices vary.  For more information and reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.

“We invite all our customers to come and join us for our anniversary celebration…we’re grateful for their continued patronage,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza of Historic Manassas, Va.

Senior Citizens Group Helps Hundreds of Military Veterans Through Donation

Senior Citizens Group Helps Hundreds of Military Veterans Through Donation

Two decades ago, a small group of Loudoun County senior citizens saw the need for a dedicated multi-purpose senior center to benefit the entire Loudoun community to encourage healthy aging of the county’s older population. The Friends of The Senior Center at Cascades (FSCC) was formed and they began by educating the County Board of Supervisors of their vision. Focusing on fundraising efforts and countless volunteer hours, the FSCC was able to give seniors a place to remain active and feel connected.

Now, with the retirement of the FSCC’s president Olga Ricciardi, the Board’s wish is that their remaining funds be donated to help military veterans and their families. The all-volunteer board voted unanimously to donate $150,000 to Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness, where the money will be used to help the country’s combat veterans heal and recover from the aftermath of war.

LEARNINGRx of VIENNA/RESTON, VA. LEADS 4th ANNUAL, AWARD-WINNING JOB SHADOW PROGRAM

LEARNINGRx of VIENNA/RESTON, VA. LEADS 4th ANNUAL, AWARD-WINNING JOB SHADOW PROGRAM


Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Vienna, Va., and Reston, Va. is leading the fourth annual Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce (TRCC) job shadow program for 60, 11th and 12th grade students of Oakton, James Madison and George C. Marshall high schools in Fairfax County, Va., where students will shadow professionals in various industries for one day in  January or February. The program received a Blue Ribbon Award from Fairfax County Schools in 2014. Loftus is heading up the program as she is the chair of the TRCC’s Youth and Education Committee. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com

More than 30 local companies are hosting students, to include: 1st Stage, Earls, Fairfax Water, Intelsat, LearningRx, Sen. Mark Warner’s office, MITRE, Navy Federal Credit Union, Nordstrom, Sun Gazette, Our Daily Bread, Purple Onion and YEXT.