Posted: March 8, 2014

Jorge Gutierrez

The Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center will host local leadership coach Jorge Gutierrez’s workshop, designed to help the small-business owner.

The workshop advances a results-based definition of leadership and demonstrates how it is possible to “grow” leaders quickly and attain results aligned with business plans.

Participants will receive a DISC Index personal assessment and a copy of the “Fail-Safe Leadership” book. The DISC Index measures business owners’ natural and adaptive behavioral styles. By understanding how an owner prefers to behave, someone is better aligned to the work environment and can select the work that ensures more meaning and success while producing less stress.

The cost per person is $170 for the first person attending the seminar; a second person can attend at half price.

Sessions will take place from 8 a.m. until noon on Tuesday and from 6 until 9 p.m. on March 20 in Room 108 at LFCC in Middletown.

Register with Andy at or call 540-868-7093,


The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber will host a Business after Hours from 5:30 to 7 .pm. on Tuesday in Phelps Funeral and Cremation Service at 311 Hope Drive in Winchester.

All chamber members and prospective members may attend. They should bring business cards for networking and door prizes.


Valley Business Women will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 19 at The George Washington Hotel.

Guest speaker Janey Dalrymplewill speak on the topic “Lead With Heart and Purpose: Tools for the Journey.”

Dalrymple is a corporate educator who encourages success by inspiring others to live their mission and by teaching leaders how to lead with heart and purpose.

She spent nine years with Challenge Discovery, a Richmond based leader in team building, as a facilitator and leadership trainer. She has 15 years of HR/Business experience and a bachelor’s degree in public relations.

Tickets are $25 for early birds chamber members registered by Friday, and $30 for nonmembers. After Friday, tickets for chamber members are $35; $40 for nonmembers.

Special meal requests can be honored if made 48 hours prior to the event.

To register, call the chamber office at 540-662-4118, Ext. 10, or visit the chamber’s website, and click on the calendar tab at the top of the home page. Register by email to


PVL Design Associates, a Winchester-based provider of commercial and residential interior design, interior architecture and procurement services, has announced the addition of two members to its business operations and design teams.

Josh Geraghty is a project designer. “[His] highly developed design aesthetic combined with deep technical knowledge and proficiency make him an invaluable member of our creative team,” said Rebecca Lipscomb, PVL’s vice president and managing partner.

Geraghty’s design experience includes knowledge of all phases of the design process, complemented by his ability to express those designs in the form of 3D modeling, 3D CAD, Photoshop and InDesign.

He is also a photographer and brings a keen “eye” and intuitive understanding of balance, composition and other design and artistic sensibilities to his creative work, Lipscomb said.

Eliz Grannis is the new office manager for PVL. She works closely with the firm’s owners and oversees administrative operations.

With more 25 years in office and administration management, Grannis has a variety of skills that support and enhance PVL’s business operations.

For more information, contact PVL Design Associates at 540-450-8702, or visit


Long & Foster Webber and Associates has announced its February award-winners:

Top Lister — Rick Kozlowski.

Top producer and sales person — Fred Pollard.


Sandy Mitchum of Success Mortgage has received her West Virginia and Virginia mortgage licenses.


Success Mortgage has announced that Myranda Fadley was its top producer for February.


Realtor Bill Copp with ERA OakCrest Realty Inc. recently completed two days of training with ERA Real Estate national trainer John Horne.

Afterward, he received the Strategic Pricing Specialists designation. Copp has been with ERA since 1994.


Bruce L. Green, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, has announced that the Front Royal office was recognized for outstanding performance in 2013.

The office led the region and the company, which is comprised of offices throughout Fairfax, Loudoun and Fauquier counties and Delaware for new home listings, as well as the region for listings and listings sold.

In addition, Weichert announced that sales associates Elizabeth Waller and Daryl Stout of the Front Royal office were recognized for their success during 2013.

Waller led the region in listings sold, while Stout led for new home listings.


William H. Newlin of Winchester has been recognized by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) for 42 years of safe accident-free driving of a commercial tractor-trailer.

The OOIDA Safe Driving Award program is sponsored by Shell Rotella and is designed to recognize and reward members for their safe accident-free driving.

The association is the national trade group representing small-business trucking professionals and professional truck drivers.


Linda Kelchner has been named Home Instead‘s CAREGiver of the month for March.

She was hired in February 2013 and has provided more than 1,455 hours of care.

In an effort to increase her knowledge of home health care, Kelchner has completed advanced Alzheimer’s disease training; annual facility training; and a 36-hour Personal Care class.


Briefcase submissions may be emailed to Janice Sanders at, faxed to 540-667-1649, or sent to 2 N. Kent St., Winchester, Va. 22601. The deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday. Head-shot photos may be sent by email, but group photos cannot be published.