SFCC NEWSLETTER / MARCH 2017
SAVE THE DATE!
SFCC Spring Members Mixer
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Embassy Suites, Garfield Room
8100 Loisdale Road, Springfield, VA 22150

You won't want to miss the SFCC Spring Members Mixer!
Complimentary Hors d'Oeuvres and Cash Bar
Attendance is free for Chamber Members and their guests

Special Thanks to our Sponsor
KM Builders, Inc. 

"Virtual Chamber" Now on YouTube.

 IAM's Terry Head at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, VA sits with Offit Kurman's Bryan Lawson for recent citybizlist interview.

SFCC Board Member Terry Head and Chairman Tom Repczynski recently sat for interviews for forthcoming release through citybizlist, an online DC business news service network.  Each had an opportunity to talk about their own professional careers, their current positions with the International Association of Movers (IAM) and the law firm of Offit Kurman, respectively, and, as you'll see from the portions of the interviews compiled for the Chamber, a chance to talk about the Chamber and their own Chamber experiences. 

The SFCC Board couldn't be more pleased with how the interview videos turned out and additional Board member interviews are expected to be produced over the coming months as well.  We think you'll agree that the end results are quality videos the Chamber can point to unhesitatingly to help promote current efforts to continue growing and sustaining membership of the organization.  And the price was right!  Through the sponsorship of Mr. Repczynski's firm, Offit Kurman, these interview excerpt videos were produced and made available to the Chamber at no cost. 

Always looking for ways to make SFCC membership a value-added proposition for our membership, the SFCC Board is pleased to be able to make this interview opportunity available to owners/CXO's of our member businesses and organizations including not only the general circulation achieved by citybizlist's broad distribution but also the ability to use the interview videos to self-promote your own businesses through your own webpage or social media initiatives.

Watch the Videos Here
2017 Teen Job Fair Update

South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, along with South County Federation, and the offices of Supervisors Pat Herrity and Dan Storck are sponsoring a  2017 Teen Job Fair on April 29, 2017 at South County High School, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. 

The event will be open to current Fairfax County students and recent graduates looking for part-time and full-time summer, or permanent employment.

Businesses and organizations have the opportunity to showcase their companies, brand their business in the local community, and advertise the positions they have available. It does not cost to participate. Employers seeking to secure space at the job fair should fill out the online application form here.

SFCC's liaison to the Job Fair Committee is Candice Bennett.  INOVA's Tonia Suber will present a student resume seminar at the Job Fair.  A Teen Job Fair flyer is available here.
Town Meetings Pack Auditoriums at Local Schools

U.S. Representative Don Beyer and Fairfax County Supervisor Dan Storck at the 30th Annual Mount Vernon Town Meeting held February 4, 2017.

Town Meeting hosted by Supervisor Dan Storck at Mt. Vernon High School on February 4, and by Virginia Senators Scott Surovell and Adam Ebbin, and Delegate Paul Krizek at Walt Whitman Middle School on February 11, drew crowds that filled school auditoriums. 

An Update From Senator Scott Surovell:

On February 11, I had approximately 200 Fairfax County residents attend my Mount Vernon Town Hall held at the Walt Whitman Middle School and my Lee District Town Hall held at Hayfield Elementary School, both in Alexandria. I was joined by Senator Adam Ebbin and Delegate Paul Krizek in Mount Vernon.  In Lee District, I was joined by Senator George Barker, Delegate Mark Sickles, Delegate Krizek, and Delegate Vivian Watts.

At these events, I spoke in detail on my legislative goals, the status of my introduced legislation and answered questions from attendees.

Some of the topics of discussion were:
  • Supporting our Immigrant Communities
  • Coal Ash/Water Quality Issues
  • LGBTQ Rights
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Public Education Funding
  • Mental Health Funding
My colleagues and I answered the public's questions to the best of our abilities and learned more about what the community was passionate about. Specifically, many members of the area were curious about what they could do to support vulnerable members of the Mount Vernon and Lee community after the ICE raids. It was inspiring seeing such a positive turn out from our neighborhood.

If you are interested in watching my full 2017 town hall videos, learning more about my legislative agenda and how my bills fared this past session, please check out my Dixie Pig blog or my "like" my official Senator Scott Surovell Facebook page.

Attendees at the Mount Vernon District Town Hall Meeting packed the auditorium at Walt Whitman Middle School on February 11, 2017
Community Council on Land Use Engagement

Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, has organized a Community Council tasked with identifying ways to enhance and improve community engagement during the process of planning and land development in Fairfax County. All Council meetings will be held at the Fairfax County Government Center and open to the public. The Council's first meeting was held February 13.  Former Planning Commissioner and current Park Authority Board Member Walter Alcorn is Council Chairman. Mr Alcorn has extensive experience in land use and public outreach, having successfully led the community engagement effort on the revisioning of Tysons.
 
Here's an overview of topics the Council will discuss at future meetings.
 
Feb. 27, 7:30pm, Rooms 2/3
Land Use 101
 
March 13, 7:30pm, Rooms 4/5
Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission
The Developer Perspective
 
March 27, 7:30pm, Rooms 4/5
Breakout Sessions and Full Council Discussion
 
April 17, 7:30pm, Rooms 4/5
Review and Approval of Final Report
 
April 24, 7:30pm, Rooms 4/5 (IF NECESSARY)
Review and Approval of Final Report
Fairfax County Works to Keep our Environment Healthy
 
In 2007, the Board of Supervisors (BOS) signed a Cool Counties Climate Stabilization Declaration. The BOS pledged to inventory Fairfax County Government's own greenhouse gas emissions, help to reduce the D.C. Metropolitan Region's overall emissions to 80% below 2005 levels by 2050, and urge the Federal Government to create limits and incentives to help reduce emissions.
 
While the new federal administration has not made the environment a top priority, Fairfax County continues to work to reduce our own greenhouse gas emissions at the local level. The County adopted a green building policy, continues to use landfill gas for heat and electricity, implemented and surpassed a 30-year goal of a 43% tree canopy by 2037, and encourages alternative forms of transportation (examples include Capital Bikeshare in Reston and Tysons, and adding additional bicycle trails). As a region, the goal to reduce overall emissions below 2005 levels is right on track: both Fairfax County and the region have cut per capita emissions by 10%, according to the 2012 Metropolitan Washington Council of Government's study.
 
Fairfax County needs your help to keep our environment healthy. Fairfax County Government is responsible for only 3% of current greenhouse gas emissions, while the other 97% comes from homes and businesses. Please check out Energy Action Fairfax for some tips on how we can all do our part.
Member Spotlight:
Fairfax County Small Business Commission

The Small Business Commission (SBC) was created by the Board of Supervisors to advise and assist the Board, County Executive, and county purchasing agent and staff on matters that will enhance the capability of small, minority and women-owned businesses, and those owned by service-disabled veterans, to succeed. These businesses are primarily located in Fairfax County, but some, while not headquartered in Fairfax County, have an on-going presence and strong desire to do business with and in Fairfax County.
 
Each of the 12 Commissioners function as a representative of his/her respective District and is appointed by the District's Supervisor, or if serving as an At Large Commissioner, by the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.  The Commissioners consider themselves Ambassadors for the SBC, the County and small businesses doing business in the County.  They provide  assistance and advice to the small business community as part of their on-going outreach efforts. Feel free to contact your District's Commissioner for more information about how the SBC can assist your business. For the South County area, your District Commissioners would be Patrick Fogarty (Mt. Vernon), Kelly Hebron (Lee), and Tracey Wood (At Large & 2016 Chairman).  Currently serving Chairman of the SBC is John Pellegrin, and the Vice Chairman is Ed Reniker.  All Commissioners, as well as the County staff, are available to assist/advise.
 
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has tasked the Small Business Commission (SBC), supported by the Department of Purchasing and Material Management (DPMM), to operate and manage a Vendor Comments Board, as well as other initiatives.  These include the signature annual event - the Vendor Forum, scheduled for Thursday, October 5th at the Fairfax County Government Center.
 
The SBC serves county vendors who seek answers not readily available to the general community and welcomes your suggestions, questions and comments. Detail your suggestion, question, issue or comments to streamline and improve the County procurement process or generally facilitate growth of business in Fairfax County and send to:  sbcfairfax@gmail.com

Upcoming Events of Interest

March 8, 9:00 am: SFCC Board of Directors Meeting

March 9,  6 - 9 pm: SFCC Spring Members Mixer, Embassy Suites Garfield Room, 8100 Loisdale Road, Springfield.  Register HereĀ»

March 11, 8:30 am: NoVa Soil and Water Conservation District's March Green Breakfast, Brion's Grille - 10621 Braddock Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032.   Enjoy a hot buffet breakfast, while learning about Virginia's Renewable Energy Future. $10.00 fee No registration required.

March 16, 6:00 -8:00 pm: SFCC's Thirsty Third Thursday (TH3).  The location for our March TH3 is still TBD.  This isn't so much an "event" as a suggestion and recommendation to prefer one "happy hour" venue over another on one particular evening a month.  Heading out for a drink or two anyway?  Why not support a fellow SFCC business owner and choose a place where one or more other like-minded business professionals might be gathering as well!  Be sure to tell your server your there to support the South Fairfax Chamber!

April 6, 6 - 9 pm: SFCC Annual Meeting, Laurel Hill Golf Club,
8701 Laurel Crest Drive Lorton

April 12, 9:00 am: SFCC Board of Directors Meeting

April 20, 6 - 8 pm: SFCC's Thirsty Third Thursday, Location TBA

April 29, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Teen Job Fair, South County High School, 8501 Silverbrook Road, Lorton

May 18, 6 - 8 pm: SFCC's Thirsty Third Thursday, Location TBA
 

May 20, All Day Event: 20th Annual Eagle Festival, Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton

June 4, Noon to 2 pm: Reduced cost rabies clinics at the Mount Vernon Governmental Center, 2511 Parkers Lane. Dogs, cats and ferrets will be vaccinated at the clinic. Dogs must be leashed and cats and ferrets must be in carriers.

June 17, All Day Event: History Fair on the grounds of the historic Fairfax County Courthouse. Fairfax County is celebrating its 275th Anniversary, a number of great events will be happening throughout the year.  Visit f airfax275.com to see what's coming up!
 
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