Welcome Elite Sport and Spine Center

Meet one of GMBA’s newest members, Dr. Lavell Handy! Dr. Handy recently founded Elite Sport and Spine Center, specializing in chiropractic care, dry needling and physiotherapy.
A 2012 graduate of George Mason University with a BS in Kinesiology, Dr. Handy was also an All-American in track and field. During his four years at GMU he worked at Walter Reed Medical Center in the Injury Prevention Research Lab where he gained valuable experience in biomechanics, rehab, and physical therapy.
Dr. Handy earned his doctorate, Summa Cum Laude, from Palmer College of Chiropractic. While at Palmer he worked with the Daytona Broncos football team as well as volunteered at Brooks Rehab Adaptive Sports where he assisted their clients who have had life changing injuries.

He completed a rotation at the Veteran’s affairs hospital in Augusta, Georgia and he worked closely
with members of the military on complex musculoskeletal conditions. In addition, Dr. Handy accumulated several hundreds of hours of Gonstead-specific chiropractic training and spinal rehabilitation. 
When he isn’t helping people in his new state of the art facility in Merrifield, Dr. Handy can be found spending time with his wife, their new baby and their 10-year-old daughter, coaching, hiking or working with special needs kids.
He looks forward to helping you feel like yourself again, using scientifically validated treatment to solve your health problems.
You can book an appointment and learn more about Dr. Handy and his practice by visiting the website, https://www.elitesportandspinecenter.com/
GMBA Member Meeting
State of the GMBA Union - Zoom
February 9, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Please join us for the 2022 GMBA State of the Union hosted by GMBA President, Kevin Warhurst of Merrifield Garden Center.

You are Invited!
Culinaria Cooking School: A Virtual Evening of Cooking and Networking
Jan 25, 6:00-8:00PM

This event is open to GMBA and VBA members!

Please join us for a wonderful (virtual) evening complete with a cooking lesson and a network session!

The holidays are always fast approaching regardless of what time of year, so it is time to plan ahead for those parties! You’ll need some ideas for appetizers and nosh that you can make ahead and enjoy the party yourself. This class will take you through some new ideas that are perfect for your next gathering, or something different to serve at your next cocktail party? Learn to make easy Pork (or chicken) Dumplings and easy Mongolian Beef stir-fry. 

Recipes, shopping list and wine pairing suggestions will be supplied by Friday, Jan 21 to all who register. Pick up your food and wine and cook along, or just hang out and listen.

6-6:30: Networking & Door Prizes!
6:30 - 8:00: Cooking Lessons with Chef Stephen and Chef Pete!

Registrations are required for this event. Zoom Link will be sent to all registrants the week of the Mixer.

$25 for VBA or GMBA Members
$30 Non-Members

For a complete course list and information on Culinaria, click here!
Meetings Mixers and Ribbon Cuttings

GMBA is on the lookout for interesting speakers and meeting/mixer hosts for 2022 (both virtual and in-person).

We also want to make sure we are helping you celebrate your business openings and milestones!

If you are interested in speaking, hosting or having a ribbon cutting, or other celebration coming up, please contact Peggy at director@greatermerrifield.org.
Maximize Your GMBA Membership -
Know (and use) Your Benefits!
Wednesday, Jan 26, Noon - 1PM, Zoom

Please join GMBA Executive Director, Peggy James, for a hands-on training discussing all of the ways to get the best marketing benefits out of your GMBA membership!
For the full agenda and to register, click here!
Food For Others
Golf Outing - Fundraiser
May 16, 10:30 - 6:30PM

Join Food For Others in a fun and friendly outdoor competition to benefit food insecure families in Northern Virginia. The outing will be held at the award-winning International Country Club in Fairfax. 100% of proceeds will help Food for Others feed over 2,600 families and 2,400 schoolchildren each week. We have an ambitious goal to raise $50,000. We'll have a shotgun start at 12 PM and will be providing lunch and dinner for our golfers.

Please reach out to hwilson@foodforothers.org if you'd like to learn more!