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Alexandria Chamber Revs up for 2011

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on Jan 26,2011
Filed Under News , Community,

Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Mike Anderson, along with Jay Palermino and Tina Leone, welcomes Chamber guests, at the Business After Hours held last week at Toka Salon & Day Spa in Cameron Station.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Mike Anderson, along with Jay Palermino and Tina Leone, welcomes Chamber
guests, at the Business After Hours held last week at Toka Salon & Day Spa
in Cameron Station.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Having a baby boy in December hasn’t stopped Alexandria Chamber of Commerce President Tina Leone from continuing full speed ahead with Chamber initiatives.
Leone continues to run the Chamber with a firm and steady hand, presiding over increasing membership and successful events.

“It's the start of a new year and a time when many people are making New Year's resolutions to improve their personal and professional well-being," Leone said in her first weekly update of 2011. "I'd encourage you to do the same with your Chamber Membership. If you aren't a current member, email Jay Palermino to learn about member benefits. If you are a member please get involved."  

Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Members of the Alexandria Singers gather with Tina Leone at Toka Salon & Day Spa.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Members of the Alexandria Singers gather with
Tina Leone at Toka Salon & Day Spa.

The Chamber’s first Professional Networking Breakfast of the year was held on Nina's Dandy and as usual, attracted a large crowd.
This past week, over 100 guests gathered at Toka Salon & Day Spa for the first Business After Hours of 2011.
Teresa Yurt, wife of Toka founder Nuri Yurt, graciously greeted guests to the new salon that opened recently at 4907 Brenman Park Drive in Cameron Station. The Yurts are no strangers to the business; they already own three other locations – two in DC and one in New York City.
At Toka, Incoming Board Chair "Mango Mike" Mike Anderson promoted their upcoming Chairman's Gala -- this year billed as the "Tiki Ball" -- to be held on Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Hilton Mark Center.  
"We are thrilled to have 'Mango' Mike as our chairman this year," Leone said. "He is a perfect representative of our membership.  He's a small business owner who really gets it. He understands the challenges of starting and managing a business of your own."

The Chamber has a wide range of promotional opportunities at monthly and annual events, skillfully organized by the Chamber's Erika Davis and Catherine Roper. "Attend business networking events and get connected through our various committees which are now forming and getting ready to meet later this month," Leone said.

The Chamber's 2011 Legislative Agenda is intended to provide an overview of policy positions on issues that may come before the Alexandria City Council, the Virginia General Assembly and the United States Congress this year. The positions have been reviewed and approved by the Chamber's Government Relations Committee, Executive Committee and the Chamber's Board of Directors.
"During the course of 2011, supplemental policy statements will be issued by the Chamber on a case-by-case basis if the issue is not expressly addressed, or if new circumstances warrant clarification of a position,” Leone said.

Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Guests enjoy the Business After Hours at Toka Salon.
Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Guests enjoy the Business After Hours
at Toka Salon.

A productive Board retreat was held last week in which strategic objectives and governance were reviewed in order to serve the membership.  

“We have an enthusiastic and committed group of business leaders who are serious about improving upon the programs of the chamber," she said. "If you would like the opportunity to get involved please join a committee and provide input and action to help us achieve our goals this year."

The chamber is now 850 members strong.
"We look forward to a great year and continuing our advocacy work for business in Alexandria," Leone said. "We are working with all levels of government to represent the best interests for businesses. Tomorrow we head to Richmond to meet with our delegates and senators and share our positions on issues such as transportation and education.”

Sponsorships can be secured for as little as $250 and tickets can be purchased online. The committee is also looking for donations of auction items. If you have something to donate, email Erika Davis. The deadline to submit an auction item is fast approaching.
Current event sponsors include Alpha Graphics; Appleby Law,  Maginniss + del Ninno Architects; Mango Mike's; Pork Barrel BBQ; Potomac Riverboat Company; Speck - Caudron Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors and The Dale Consulting Group.
And of course, Local Kicks.

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