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Heather Rosen, president of FranNet of Virginia, a franchise advisory and development services firm in Tysons Corner, is starting a Northern Virginia chapter of Business Executives Networking Group, an organization that brings together job seekers and networkers.

The first meeting is set for Oct. 9 at the Oakton Library at 10304 Lynnhaven Place.

BENG is an all-volunteer group comprising job seekers, the currently employed and business networkers willing to help others. BENG chapters host free monthly meetings where members can hone their networking skills, meet peers, share business opportunities and job leads, and develop their own networks.

Membership is targeted to mid- to senior-level executives from a variety of disciplines, including financial management, information technology, legal, manufacturing, engineering, transportation, logistics, distribution and general management.

“The Northern Virginia area is ripe for a BENG chapter,” said Rosen, an attorney. “It’s a region accustomed to networking and has a lot of professionals who are seeking opportunities.”

BENG chapters are active in Baltimore, Wilmington, Del., Philadelphia and several other mid-Atlantic cities. Membership stands at more than 1,100 professionals; about 50 percent are employed, 10 percent are self-employed and 40 percent are unemployed.

The beauty of the BENG model is that it is “efficient, active and produces results,” according to Rosen. At each meeting, attendees deliver a two-minute speech, share recent successes and failures, present networking requests, discuss job search questions, and apprise the group of new searches and leads.

Members also bring to the meeting the BENG “one pager,” which gives the member’s contact information, a brief overview of his or her background and a target company list.

“As a small business expert and franchise specialist, I look forward to guiding members about the variety of employment options available to them, including self-employment,” said Rosen, who will lead the Northern Virginia chapter.

The chapter will meet the second Tuesday of each month from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Those interested in attending should email Rosen at

For more about BENG, visit

Reston firm is among nation’s fastest growing

Media Prowler, the marketing arm for the Washington Suburban Press Network, headquartered in Reston, has made the 2013 Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the United States.

This is the second time Media Prowler has been selected for the honor. The first time was in 2011.

The Inc. 500/5000 list is a comprehensive look at America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. The list is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing past-year performance. Media Prowler qualified, having grown by more than 67 percent.

“We are excited to be included in the 2013 Inc. 500/5000,” said Richard Whippen, CEO of the Washington Suburban Press Network, owner of Media Prowler. “To be recognized on a national level is a testament to our hard work and vision to provide media solutions that meet the growing demand for transparency, flexibility and affordability.”

Media Prowler’s key to success is driven from its sophisticated databases, which are teamed up with a delivery system that has made Media Prowler a leader in the email marketing industry. Partners in the publishing and media industries use the email marketing tool for sales teams and clients.

“If you want to know which companies are going to change the world, look at the Inc. 500/5000,” said Inc. editor Jane Berentson. “These are the most dynamic, fast-growth companies in the nation, the ones finding innovative solutions to problems, creating smart systems and inventing products we soon discover we can’t live without.”

For more on 2013’s Inc. 500/5000, visit

Minding one’s p’s and q’s with Mrs. B

Move over, Miss Manners.

Rebecca Czarniecki, maven of manners, etiquette and poise, has opened a special-event tearoom at 136 W. Jefferson St. in Falls Church.

For five years Czarniecki — aka Mrs. B — has been hosting teas and special events for children, to introduce them to a mix of traditional and modern manners. She makes learning proper etiquette fun and entertaining for little ones.

Mrs. B likes to sprinkle in lessons about manners where they are least expected — at her weekly family pizza and movie nights, for example. She plans to host family events, as well as birthday parties and other special events, at her new tearoom.

To learn more about Tea with Mrs. B, visit

Vienna goes shopping

Shop Vienna, a new online directory listing all the town’s businesses, promises to give residents and visitors fast, up-to-date access to everything from restaurants to shoe repair and architects to hair salons.

Businesses in the directory have full control over their micro-site and can link to their own website and social media platforms, and can list job openings, sales and coupons. Visitors to the site have the option to “follow” particular businesses and receive notifications when that site has been updated.

Businesses pay a $25 annual fee to participate in the Shop Vienna program. They will have the opportunity to opt in to the program each year during the annual business license renewal process.

Shoppers on the go can access a business on their mobile device by downloading the free Shop Vienna app in the Google Play or Apple App Store.

Residents and visitors can view the Shop Vienna directory, and owners can “claim” their businesses, by visiting

Governor names 7 to state positions

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has appointed these local residents to state boards and commissions.

Citizen’s Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council: Gregory Evans of Springfield, voluntary mitigation program manager for the Department of Forestry.

Virginia Board for People with Disabilities: Marisa Laios of Chantilly, volunteer.

Citizen’s Advisory Council on Furnishing and Interpreting the Executive Mansion: Steve Wood of McLean, vice president, program manager at Citigroup.

State Board of Community Colleges: Idalia Fernandez of Centreville, director at Community Wealth Partners & President of Yaya Speaks LLC.

Board of Directors of the Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority: Marshall Cohen of Fairfax, vice president of government affairs and communications at The Babcock and Wilcox Co.

James Monroe Law Office Museum and Memorial Library Board of Regents: Justin Loren Logsdon of Alexandria, manager partner of Asaph Group LLC; and the Rev. Rita Thompson of Springfield, senior assistant dean of admission at the University of Mary Washington.