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By: Ouli

March 21, 2017

Ouli Rolls Out Major App Enhancements

D.C.’s #1 Personal Concierge App Makes it Easier for People to Experience Community
Arlington, VA – March 20, 2017 – Arlington-based software company, Dante, announced today the biggest release to-date for its consumer-based app, Ouli. The uniquely intelligent, personal concierge app connects consumers to local merchants, events, and community experiences that are personalized based on their chosen activities, time, location, history and preferences. The app is available for free download on iOS and Android devices.
This is the biggest release for users since its launch in late 2015. The release will provide an increased value to the user and make a noticeable impact for users and merchants.

With increased personalization based on the user’s history, preferences, time of day, and location:
• Ouli will deliver highly relevant recommendations to the user.
• Users will see relevant and new experiences on their home screen upon opening the app.
• Users will see customized intents on the “I Want To” screen making it faster and easier to discover an experience.

This will make it easier than ever for consumers to connect with and patronize local businesses. As users interact with the app more frequently, it begins to learn their preferences and find and recommend experiences that are right for each user. By using location services and Bluetooth technology Ouli sends personalized recommendations to users from local merchants at the right time so they can enjoy the things they like to do.
“The quicker users can find relevant experiences and make a choice, the faster they can enjoy the community. Many of the aspects of the rollout focus on full personalization based on each user’s preferences,” said Pierre Malko, Dante’s CEO. “Neighborhoods come alive with Ouli. As users walk through neighborhoods they can receive notifications of experiences around them from local merchants. This is important because it’s making connections that might not otherwise have occurred between consumers and merchants. Someone could have walked past the same restaurant for two years without ever stopping in. With Ouli they get a notification about a great brunch and decide to check it out.”
In addition to providing personalized experiences, Ouli helps users make reservations, book a ride, and schedule reminders.
Users can download the app for free on iOS and Android devices. Merchants interested in partnering with the app can contact the team at [email protected]
For more information find us online:
Facebook: Facebook.com/ouliapp
Twitter: @Ouliapp
Instagram: ouli.app
Website: www.ouliapp.com
Contact: [email protected]

By: Lafayette Federal Credit Union

March 17, 2017

LFCU-LOGO2

Close on a Lafayette Federal Home Equity Loan or Line of Credit by May 31‚ 2017‚ and you WIN! Visit www.lfcu.org/scratchoff to redeem your prize.*

Did you know that the EQUITY in your home is one of your biggest assets and can add up to a lot of cash? With a home equity loan or line of credit‚ you can make additions to your home‚ consolidate bills‚ pay college tuition‚ take a family vacation‚ or simply use it as a safety net–the possibilities are endless! Lafayette Federal offers Home Equity Loans and Lines of Credit up to $500,000 at great, low rates.

For more information‚ please contact:
• Alieu Jallow (240) 292-5367‚ NMLS ID #189814
• Jermaine Medley (240) 747-2471‚ NMLS ID #740025

Limit one scratch off per member. *Offer good through May 31‚ 2017 and applies to Lafayette Federal Home Equity Loans (term and HELOCs) only. One coupon per loan. Subject to credit approval. Refinances of existing Lafayette Federal loans are excluded. Coupon must be presented at the time of application. Unless stated otherwise‚ all credits and offers will be awarded at loan funding. Must be eligible for Lafayette Federal membership. $50 minimum balance required to open and earn 0.10% APY** on LFCU share savings account balances. $5 minimum balance required to open and earn 0.025% APY** on LFCU checking account balances. **APY=Annual Percentage Yield. Rates current as of March 1‚ 2017. Your savings are federally insured to at least $250‚000 by the National Credit Union Administration‚ an agency of the U.S. government. EQUAL HOUSING LENDER.

Women of Vision 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Anthonia Sowho
Commission Staff Liaison
[email protected]

Call for Nominations: 2017 WOMEN OF VISION AWARD

Arlington County’s Commission on the Status of Women is soliciting nominations for the 2017 Women of Vision Awards. The awards are given to individuals who demonstrate a strong commitment to women’s issues and have, over time, developed and communicated their vision for women and engaged community members and other leaders in order to realize this vision. Categories for the 2017 award are business, non-profit, and government. Nominations must be submitted by April 14, 2017.

For further information please visit us at (http://bit.ly/WOV2017). The awards will be presented on June 27, 2017 at the Arlington Economic Development , 1100 N.Glebe, #1500. Information about the event and sponsorship is available on the Commission on the Status of Women webpage.

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By: Wild Birds Unlimited

March 13, 2017

2437 N Harrison StSliding Temperatures and Snow Hit Wild Birds Hard

ARLINGTON, VA – This week’s cold snap has the potential to wreak havoc on the lives of many wild birds struggling to find enough food to survive the long, cold nights.

Many people mistakenly believe that once the brunt of winter is over, birds can easily fend for themselves. However, even under normal weather conditions, spring is a difficult and stressful time for birds. Most of last year’s natural food sources have been depleted, and the majority of this year’s seeds and berries won’t be available until much later in the year. Meanwhile, birds are expending a great deal of energy migrating, courting and building nests. Now add to that, a big snowstorm, and the birds will be struggling.

“Providing food throughout the late Winter and Early Spring is very important,” explained Michael Zuiker, owner of the Arlington Wild Birds Unlimited. “Feeding the birds is even more critical as we experience these snowy and cold conditions, during which a supply of food can mean the difference between life and death for a bird. Ideally, birds should have food available late afternoon in order to survive the cold nights, and early morning to replenish their energy supply.”

Food loaded with fat and calories helps birds struggling to survive cold times such as these. The best seeds for providing high energy levels are black oil sunflower, striped sunflower and safflower. Suet and peanuts are also high-energy foods that are invaluable when birds need many more calories to keep warm.

In addition to high-calorie foods, birds also need an open source of water for drinking and a place to bathe when temperatures drop. Clean feathers help birds stay warm, and a bird bath with open water is often the only way for some birds to drink and stay clean when it’s cold.

Wild Birds Unlimited, located in Arlington, Virginia, is part of the original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores with more than 275 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Wild Birds Unlimited specializes in bringing people and nature together with bird feeding and nature products, expert advice and educational events.

By: Lafayette Federal Credit Union

March 3, 2017

LFCU-LOGO1Your home — live in it, love it, take care of it — and it will reward you so. You’ve invested countless hours of time and energy into perfecting it, thereby increasing the value in your home. This is the key to building equity.

Consider the following to maximize the value of your home. In order to receive the best bang for your buck, focus on improving the areas that will have the greatest remodel appeal: kitchen, basement, and home exterior. An updated kitchen and/or basement, in keeping with the rest of the home, can definitely increase value. As for the exterior, make sure the roof and HVAC are in good condition. These are two things buyers will inquire about as they are typically costly items. Landscaping should also be considered; if your property looks rough or run-down, you may immediately turn buyers away. Taking care of these areas will typically add the most to your home’s value and will make your living space more attractive both for potential buyers and visitors alike. Of course, your main focus should be on repairing any problem areas before moving on to the bigger renovations. Issues such as a damaged siding or drainage problems can seriously detract from a home’s value. Once these pesky matters are taken care of, move on to the high-return-on-investment projects.

With a home equity loan or line of credit, you can make these home improvements a reality. Alternatively, consolidate bills, pay college tuition, take a family vacation, or simply use it as a safety net–the possibilities are endless! Another bonus to securing a home equity loan or line of credit is that the interest paid on the loan is often tax-deductible for those who itemize deductions. Lafayette Federal offers Home Equity Loans and Lines of Credit at great rates with up to $500,000. See www.lfcu.org/homeequity for more information.

Jermaine Medley
Vice President, Loan Origination
(240)747-2471
[email protected]

Lafayette Federal Credit Union
2231 Crystal Drive, Suite R150
Arlington, VA 22202

EQUAL HOUSING LENDER

By: Wild Birds Unlimited

March 2, 2017

WBU LogoThe Basics of Backyard Bird Feeding

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – Many Americans are enjoying staycations spending more time at home and traveling less. Creating a bird-friendly backyard habitat is one way to get outdoors while staying close to home.

Wild Birds Unlimited of Arlington, VA is your local expert for backyard bird feeding. We invite you to come in and learn more about your habitat from our certified backyard bird feeding specialists. When you visit through March 30, 2017, you can enter to win free bird food for a year. A $420 value on one of our most popular blends. Let us help you discover the joy of bird feeding!

Discover Your Habitat
The average backyard may be visited regularly by 15 to 20 different bird species. However, a bird-friendly yard can attract up to 60 or more different species. To attract the greatest number of bird species, just provide at least one of each of these habitat elements: food, water, cover and places to raise their young.

Food
“Attracting a variety of birds requires a variety of foods,” said Michael Zuiker, owner of the Arlington Wild Birds Unlimited. “Offering a fresh seed blend is the best way to entice birds to your yard.”

Water
Birds need water just as much as they need food. Their high metabolic rate and respiratory system drains moisture from their bodies quickly. However, birds use water for more than just a thirst quencher; they also use it for bathing and preening their feathers. Clean feathers are important for birds’ health and optimum flying ability.

Cover
Birds need protective cover for times of rest, social interaction and as a retreat from foul weather and predators. Plants that are native to our soil and climate provide the best overall food sources for wildlife and support from 10 to 50 times more native wildlife than exotic (or non-native) plants.

A Place to Raise Their Young
The same plantings that provide shelter can provide safe areas for many bird species to mate, build nests and raise their families. But with the increased loss of natural habitat, cavity-nesting birds lack appropriate sites to nest. By providing bird houses, you will encourage birds to raise their young in your backyard.

Wild Birds Unlimited Arlington, VA is located at 2437 N. Harrison Street in the Harris Teeter Shopping Center.
(703) 241-3988

(Entries must be made in person, one entry per family. Offer valid until March 30, 2017. Winner will be drawn on April 1, 2017 and will receive one 20# bag every month for a year.)

By: Orange Line Living

March 2, 2017

Home-buyer-seminar

$1,500 credit for your home at closing and if you don’t love your new home we will buy it back or sell it for free for 12 months exclusive to event attendees only*

Our team is hosting a Home Buying Seminar event on March 20th from 6 – 8 pm at our Rosslyn office located at 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209. The seminar will last approximately 1 hour and then we will have time after for questions and 1 on 1 appointments.

We will have specialists on hand (including lenders and buyer agents) to give you an overview of the buying process. Not only will you get a complete home buying overview, but you will learn our valuable home buying strategies that will save you 3% or more when you purchase.
The Orange Line Living and Keri Shull Team together helped over 200 families purchase homes in 2015. Together, they are the #1 real estate team in Arlington, the #1 real estate team in Virginia by volume and top 5 in the D.C. metro area as well. Their aim is to help even more families find their dream home in 2016 and you have the opportunity to be one of those people.

Details
When: Monday, March 20th from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Optime Realty, 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209
Cost: Free
Parking: Validated Parking or Street Parking
Food: Appetizers and Drinks
Contact: [email protected] or call 571-969-7653

Space is limited so you don’t miss out. To register, go to www.vipbuyerseminar.com or email [email protected]
*terms and conditions apply

By: Orange Line Living

February 27, 2017

HLHF Cover - frontOrange Line Living founder Dan Lesniak announces his new book written to aid agents grow their real estate businesses in innovative and competitive ways. All proceeds from Kindle sales in the first 7 days will benefit The Folded Flag Foundation.

The new book, The HyperLocal, HyperFast Real Estate Agent, tells how Lesniak, an Arlington, VA-based real estate agent in the DC area, started his career and rose to become one of the top agents in one of the most competitive real estate markets in the country, all in his freshman year.

Lesniak started in real estate in 2012 after a successful career as a Naval Submarine Officer and a Defense Contractor. In his first year, he closed over $22 million in sales, a feat matched by only a small fraction of agents, regardless of experience.

“Whether you are a new agent looking to start your career, an experienced agent looking for more growth, or a top agent looking to break into a new market, this book will give you plenty of strategies for how to compress time, quickly grow your business and provide more value to your clients,” says Lesniak.

The release of The HyperLocal, HyperFast Real Estate Agent is timely. With recent events in the United States bringing uncertainty to many areas, Lesniak looks to show agents that they can use these strategies regardless of the state of the market.

“There is no greater opportunity right now in the real estate industry than there is in the expansion market,” says Noah Ostroff, CEO of Global Living and a top-selling Keller Williams agent. “This will require you to grow in your existing market and know how to expand in new ones. This book is a great example of how to rapidly expand in any market and is a must read for expansion team leaders.”

For more information about Dan Lesniak and The HyperLocal, HyperFast Real Estate Agent, visit www.hyperlocalhyperfast.com.

To purchase the book on Kindle and support the spouses and children of the US military, visit: https://goo.gl/gsW2pI

Arlington NFL Flag 14U Girls (photo via Arlington Parks and Rec)

The Arlington NFL Flag 14U Girls won the National Championship which were held in conjunction with the NFL Pro Bowl festivities at the Walt Disney World Wide World of Sports Complex. The National tournament brings together the eight Regional winners from the over 1,000 nationwide programs.

Arlington represented the Tennessee Titans and went 6-0 for the day, defeating the returning National Championship team from Texas in the semi-finals.

On offense, Azzi Fudd led all scorers with the Isabel Zamer, Malina Goodwin, and Jada Brown providing key receptions. Olivia Baptiste played an exceptional tournament at quarterback.   Running backs and blitzers Sophia Bailey and Lucy Colaccino balanced the offensive attack.  The defensive was dominant, anchored by returner Shea Messman and first year players Kira Dann and Kendall McGowan.

Arlington NFL Flag is an Arlington County Parks and Recreation program with over 1,160 players in the 2016 season.  Besides their regular season games, some players participated in halftime games for the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens.  Also, 2016 saw the launch of the program’s first All Girls Division which is one of the largest in the nation.

By: Crystal City BID

January 30, 2017

Crystal Couture 2016

Celebrating its 9th year, Crystal Couture – Show and Sale returns to Crystal City on February 2-4. Launched by the Crystal City Business Improvement District (CCBID) in 2009, the one-stop shopping experience will bring nearly 50 of the region’s boutiques, designers and clothing shops together for three nights of fashion, fun and festivities (and even better – it’s free to attend). Guests can grab a glass of wine, enjoy a free makeover and watch fellow community members strut local designers’ collections down the runway! With new designers, new locations and a growing crowd, the annual event has become a must attend attraction in the area.

Angie Fox, the President/CEO of the BID and creative mind behind Crystal Couture, is not someone you would normally find behind the scenes of such an event with models, designers, and makeup artists. In fact, you will typically find Angie biking around Crystal City or participating in the weekly yoga sessions, not at a mall where she is overwhelmed by all the options in the stores. But this event provides something for everyone, even those like Angie who usually shy away from shopping.

“Crystal Couture makes shopping fun and accessible,” says Angie, “bringing fashion from the runway and making it a community experience. Guests can buy clothes, jewelry and more from the pop-up shops and even directly from the runway, getting an opportunity to meet local designers and have their own ‘inadvertent couture’ experience.”

Angie herself has seen her knowledge and interest in the fashion world grow alongside Crystal Couture. Through her dealings with the designers, boutiques, models and stylists, she has discovered her own sense of style, having custom-made dresses by some of the participating designers for her own personal wardrobe.

“I’ve loved getting to know Angie and see her personal style develop over the years,” said participating designer Michele Blanchard of MB Design Gallery. “What started out as a collaboration for Crystal Couture has expanded into custom designs for Angie outside of the fashion show. I’ve been able to incorporate her active and motivational personality into the designs, giving her high fashion outfits for numerous events around town.”

While you may not find Angie parading down the runway at this year’s event, you will definitely see her backstage helping out and enjoying the show, mingling with guests and vendors and even buying a few new items for her wardrobe. Visit Crystal Couture – Show and Sale and spruce up your own closet at the region’s largest pop-up shop and fashion runway show!

More information for Michele Blanchard can be found at www.micheleblancharddesignergallery.com or at 888-511-5807.

By: Orange Line Living

January 12, 2017

Home-buyer-seminar

The Orange Line Living Team is hosting a Home Buying Seminar event on January 30th from 6 – 8 pm at our Rosslyn office located at 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209. The seminar will last approximately 1 hour and then we will have time after for questions and 1 on 1 appointments.
We will have specialists on hand (including lenders and buyer agents) to give you an overview of the buying process.

Not only will you get a complete home buying overview, but you will learn our valuable home buying strategies that will save you 3% or more when you purchase. The event is totally free and all attendees will receive 2 guarantees just for attending.

1. Buyer satisfaction guarantee! If you don’t love your new home we will buy it back or sell it for free for 12 months!*
2. $1,500 home purchase credit (exclusive to event attendees only)*

To register please visit: http://www.vipbuyerseminar.com/

When: Monday, January 30th from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Optime Realty, 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209
Cost: Free
Parking: Validated Parking or Street Parking
Food: Appetizers and Drinks
Contact: [email protected] or call 571-969-7653

By: Orange Line Living

December 21, 2016

Free Home Buyer Seminar Arlington, VA

The Orange Line Living Team is hosting a Home Buying Seminar event on January 9th from 6 – 8 pm at our Rosslyn office located at 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209. The seminar will last approximately 1 hour and then we will have time after for questions and 1 on 1 appointments.

We will have specialists on hand (including lenders and buyer agents) to give you an overview of the buying process.

Not only will you get a complete home buying overview, but you will learn our valuable home buying strategies that will save you 3% or more when you purchase. The event is totally free and all attendees will receive 2 guarantees just for attending.

1. Buyer satisfaction guarantee! If you don’t love your new home we will buy it back or sell it for free for 12 months!*

2. $1,500 home purchase credit (exclusive to event attendees only)*

To register please visit: http://www.vipbuyerseminar.com/

When: Monday, January 9th from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Optime Realty, 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209
Cost: Free
Parking: Validated Parking or Street Parking
Food: Appetizers and Drinks
Contact: [email protected] or call 571-969-7653

By: Ouli

December 6, 2016

Ouli Adds I Want to VolunteerOuli Users Can Now Discover Local Volunteer Opportunities Within the App
Arlington, VA – December 5, 2016 – Arlington-based software company, Dante Inc., announced the addition of the “I Want to Volunteer” intent to the Ouli App. Ouli is a uniquely intelligent personal concierge app that presents consumers with offers and suggestions for local merchants and events that are personalized based on their chosen activities, time, location, history and preferences. The app is available for free download on iOS and Android devices.
By adding the volunteer intent, users can now find local volunteer opportunities at area nonprofits. Ouli has partnered with more than 20 organizations to highlight upcoming volunteer needs within communities across Arlington, DC and Maryland.
The app makes it easier than ever for people to see the needs in their community. Users can focus on a specific neighborhood and set the day and time to see what opportunities are available.
“As a company we have been heavily involved with many local nonprofits for years. It only made sense to add the volunteer intent to the app as we work to connect residents to the communities around them,” said Pierre Malko, Dante’s CEO. “There are many great organizations in the area that are seeking volunteers. By making it easy to quickly find an opportunity and add it to a users’ calendar, we hope to see an increase in volunteers at local nonprofits.”
The app is available in many parts of Northern Virginia including Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church City, and Mosaic District. Users can also find many Washington D.C. neighborhoods in the app and Silver Spring, MD. Since its launch in 2015 Ouli has been partnering with hundreds of businesses including restaurants, salons, spas, boutiques and theaters to connect users to merchants and build connections that might not otherwise be created. To see a full list of neighborhoods and organizations, users can download the app or visit www.ouliapp.com.
To build a personal experience, the app learns users’ preferences over time and begins to tailor offers and suggestions based on those preferences. Consumers can download the app for free to see what merchants and offers are currently available in their area. Organizations and merchants interested in partnering with the app can contact the Ouli team.
For more information find us online:
Facebook: Facebook.com/ouliapp
Twitter: @Ouliapp
Instagram: ouli.app

By: Blue Alchemy Consulting, LLC

December 1, 2016

Blue Alchemy Consulting fills huge training void with world-class programs for senior government contracting professionals

ARLINGTON, Virginia — Virginia attorney Janetta Brewer has announced the official launch of her new consultancy, Blue Alchemy Consulting, LLC. The business delivers legal, consulting, and training expertise to senior procurement leaders and procurement analysts in the Federal government and industry. The new brand leverages Ms. Brewer’s previous success as a senior contracting professional within the Department of Defense.

Blue Alchemy is the only consultancy to offer comprehensive training for contracting professionals responsible for procurement policy and oversight, plugging a gap in the procurement training market.

“Early in my career, I transitioned into a procurement policy role after serving as a contracting officer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,” Ms. Brewer said. “I was struck by the lack of training available. Many procurement analysts are forced to rely on their operational contracting experience which is important, but it does not provide them with the skills they need to perform their new responsibilities.”

Those responsibilities include developing an agency’s oversight processes, writing procurement policies, implementing effective control measures, and ensuring the workforce is adequately trained. The role is strategic, and it requires the analyst to look at an agency’s procurement activities through a national or global lens. For professionals who previously spent their days awarding, administering, and closing out contracts, the broader focus can come as a shock.

“All of the corporate and Government training in existence is geared towards the contracting officer, but the skill set required to be a successful procurement analyst are drastically different, because the job responsibilities are different,” Ms. Brewer said. “Our training programs — the first of their kind — assist senior procurement analysts in reducing risk and strengthening procurement operations across the agency acquisition system. I’m confident that we can help senior procurement professionals raise their game and deliver powerful results for their agencies.”

About Blue Alchemy Consulting, LLC
Blue Alchemy Consulting is a woman-owned small business providing legal, consulting, and training services tailored specifically for acquisition policy and compliance professionals. Headquartered in Arlington, VA, Blue Alchemy aims to reduce risk and increase operational efficiency for government and industry clients.

For more information regarding this release, please contact:

Janetta Brewer, Esq.
C: (571) 279‐7236
[email protected]
http://bluealchemyconsulting.com

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By: 9Round Fitness

November 22, 2016

Black FridayThis Friday, November 25, 2016, aka “Black Friday” avoid the malls and give the gift of health and fitness, by coming to a 9Round Fitness location in Arlington or Falls Church for the year’s lowest prices.

Honored as “The Most Cathartic” workout by Arlington Magazine (Nov-Dec 2015 -10 FITNESS CLASSES TO TRY NOW) 9Round offers a different workout experience that includes everything you need: a full-body workout that’s fast, effective and fun…9Round certified trainers to help you every time… and expert nutritional guidance; all based on the latest exercise and nutritional science. All of our programs include unlimited training access to our 4 locations with NO CLASS TIMES! In other words, you can train on your schedule and not ours.

YES, this workout is for everyone…including YOU! Come in, get fit and NEVER HIT. We have trained everyone from 85 year-old women to 10 year-old little girls and boys of all ages in-between.

To take advantage of the lowest prices of the year and to give the gift of health and fitness to yourself or a loved one, please visit www.9Round.com/NOVA TODAY to find a participating location near you.

Act fast, as these deals will end at 2PM on Black Friday, November 25, 2016.

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