Posted: November 2, 2013

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Serviceswill host a private security information seminar from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 8 at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown.

The event will examine the risks to local businesses and the community from the use of nonregulated private security services.

Speakers for the event will include Art Wells and Jeff Scott, Department of Criminal Justices Services (DCJS) investigators assigned to Northern Virginia. A question-and-answer session is also planned.

Frank Phillips, chairman of the Virginia DCJS Private Security Services Advisory Board and owner of Golden Seal Enterprises, a local private security business and training school, will discuss the importance of managing a compliant security business and training school for the protection of business owners and the public.

To register, call 540-662-4118.

The event is sponsored by Golden Seal Enterprises, Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center, LFCC Workforce Solutions and the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber.

Winchester attorney J. Michael Solak recently attended a laboratory course on forensic drug analysis presented by the American Chemical Society in Chicago.

Solak’s law practice includes forensic science issues in criminal defense.

J. Burke & Associates of Middletown recently celebrated its fifth anniversary.

The business is a consultant group that specializes in assisting auto and truck manufacturers with parts pricing in the United States and Canada.

For more information, call Jeff Burke at 540-533-1394 or email

Mitzi Everly of Lawler Classic Travel LLC has joined a group of travel industry professionals with a special interest in Disney resorts and cruises.

Contact her at 540-539-6986 or

The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber recognizes businesses that have made an impact on the region during its annual awards dinner each January.

Businesses that have created jobs and business opportunities and contributed to the community through volunteer or financial support, that have overcome challenges through creative thinking and action, and that have demonstrated significant growth should be recognized as positive role models for business success.

Above all, businesses that have accomplished this through a high degree of ethics and integrity should be acknowledged as the leaders that they are. The award winners will be nominated and chosen by their peers, a testament to success and the ultimate tribute.

Chamber members are invited to participate in the process by nominating a business or individual to be considered for an award. Nominations can be made by completing the form at Forms may also be obtained in the chamber office at 407 S. Loudoun St. in Winchester.

Completed forms must be received no later than Dec. 6. The awards dinner will take place on Jan. 31.

nTelos Wireless is enhancing its retail presence in Winchester with a newly relocated store in the Winchester Station Shopping Center at 2504 S. Pleasant Valley Road.

“Winchester represents a significant area for nTelos Wireless and we are investing capital in our retail stores and network to ensure the best possible customer experience,” said Conrad Hunter, chief operating officer. “Our new store location is convenient and offers an inviting atmosphere for customers to sample different phones, from iPhone to Android, discuss a best-value solution, and of course, experience our outstanding personal service.”

The 936-square-foot store employees six. It features live phone bars that allow shoppers to try up to 24 phones, including the iPhone 5s and 5c, Android smartphones and data devices.

The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

MarketPlace Realty has announced these agent achievements:

Debbie Wright has received the National Association of Realtors’ “green” designation. This represents advanced training in green building, energy efficiency and sustainable business practices in real estate.

Roger Lamborne and Brenda Ewing attended the Virginia Association of Realtors Convention and Expo, held in Virginia Beach on Oct. 4-5.

In October, Debbie Wright completed a feng shui certification course. It was held in San Diego and taught by author, teacher and speaker, Cathleen McCandless.

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.