Business briefcase

Posted: October 12, 2013

Marilyn AnnSolomon

City National Bank and the Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Centerwill host the third annual Small Business Retreat from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Corron Community Development Center on the campus of Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown.

The event will include 16 seminars, with subjects ranging from the Affordable Care Act, Google, social media, employee retention, home-based business deductions, human resource issues and benchmarking a business’ financial success.

The keynote speaker is Kennedy Smith, who will discuss the parallels between local downtowns and businesses.

Early registration (through Monday) costs $30. After Monday or at the door, the fee is $50. Registration includes lunch.

Contact Andy Gyurisin at 540-868-7093 or to register.

The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber will host a Business and Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday in the Willows at Meadow Branch at 1881 Harvest Drive in Winchester.

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

Jim Barb Realty Inc. has named Margaret Barb as its top lister and top producer for August.

Wayne Wilson was the firm’s top salesperson for the month.

Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick County has announced the local recipients of the 2013 World Habitat Appreciation Awards:

Jim Ross was awarded the Linda B. Caley Award, the highest honor bestowed on a donor or volunteer.

Gary Kula was honored as the namesake of a new award, the Gary Kula Prism Award, in recognition for his long-term service spirit.

Vision Award winners Clyde Croswell and American Woodmark Foundation Inc. were acknowledged for their work in strengthening the local affiliate for the future.

Strick Heilman, Barbara Cooper and the team of John Doyle and Bill Burlsemwere presented the Above & Beyond Award for their service.

Tomas Houser was recognized the Youth Award for his Latin family services work.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Shenandoah Valley and Ferguson Enterprises Inc. Front Royal Distribution Center were awarded Organizational Honors for their support.

Amanda Davenport and Integrity Home Mortgage Corp. received Special Project Awards for their project expertise .

Habitat for Humanity officials expressed appreciation to all of its volunteers and donors, as well as the community, for their continued commitment to the organization.

Attorney Marilyn Ann Solomon of the Solomon Law Group recently attended an Virginia Trial Lawyers Association seminar titled “Social Media: Identifying the Ethical Pitfalls of the Communications Revolution.”

The discussions included the information an attorney can ethically use from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube; how they are ethically allowed or not allowed to obtain it; and ways to protect clients from damaging information obtained through social media sources.

According to Chief Executive Officer John Brauer, NW Works has received a $100,000 grant from SourceAmercia to help with several business development initiatives, including a new project with HP Hood of Winchester.

The new endeavor will put 20 additional people with disabilities to work on a daily basis, and should start soon.

Century 21 Braddock Realty has named Avis Drummond as its top producer for September.

The top sales agent for the month was Andy Hensley, and Jimmy B. Smarterwas the top lister.

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 — no group shots — may be sent by email.