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Burritos, beer, and Goodwill: Garrisonville Road business corridor expands

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Aurora Flight Sciences to expand, promises 135 new jobs

CEO credits Flory Small Business Center for success

MANASSAS — Aurora Flight Sciences will expand its headquarters at Manassas Regional Airport.

Gov. Ralph Northam on Thursday announced the expansion, saying it would mean an additional $13.75 million invested into the city’s economy and  135 new jobs.

From the governor’s press release:

The company, which was acquired by The Boeing Company in 2017 and is headquartered in Manassas, plans to build a robotics and integration facility that will consist of a manufacturing unit, a research and development lab, a hangar, and office space.

“Since choosing the Manassas Airport to locate our headquarters nearly 27 years ago, we have prided ourselves in bringing new technology to the region and becoming one of the largest employers in the City. Now as part of The Boeing Company, we are able to continue our expansion in developing next-generation autonomous systems that will transform transportation.”

— Founder and CEO of Aurora Flight Sciences John Langford.

Officials in Manassas said those chosen to fill the 135 new positions will make more than $100,000 annually.

They also included a statement from city Mayor Hal Parrish II in a press release:

“Aurora is a vital part of the Manassas business community and exemplifies everything a locality wants from its corporate partners – steady growth, community engagement, and great jobs – helping make us a regional employment center with one of the highest percentages of high wage jobs in professional and technical services in Virginia, especially for companies engaged in the fields of aerospace and advanced manufacturing.” 

— Mayor Harry J. Parrish II.  

Aurora Flight Sciences got its start with help from the Flory Small Business Center in Prince Willam County, and it’s executive director Linda Decker. 

“I don’t think we would be where we are today as a company if it wasn’t for Linda Decker,” Langford told Potomac Local on Thursday. 

In the early days, the Alexandria-based start-up company had about 10 employees and was working form a garage. 

“We were looking for an airport that had hangar space, particularly on the cheap, and we found that Manassas was willing to work with us,” added Langford

He also credited the Flory Center with introducing his firm to local and state business leaders, and with providing invaluable “advice” that helped the company grow. 

Last year, Aurora was acquired by Boeing after it has established itself as a leader in the field of autonomous flying aircraft.

Brew Republic Bierwerks ‘Night Mare’ a dream prize winner

From an email: 

Brew Republic Bierwerks, a local craft brewery located in Woodbridge, Virginia received the Bronze Medal in the Dark and Strong British Beer category for its Night Mare Oatmeal Stout.

The Night Mare | Oatmeal Stout | 5.5% ABV | 30.3 IBU

The Night Mare is a jet black, medium-bodied dry stout that pours with a tan, creamy head. The flavor is dominated by dark roasted grains that provide coffee and chocolate flavor notes, as well as oats that provide a grainy creaminess. The hops are subdued for balance. This stout will haunt your dreams, and you will thank her for it.

The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild hosted the 7th annual Virginia Craft Beer Cup competition, which drew 375 entries in 27 categories from more than 100 breweries.

Brew Republic owners Jeff and Amy Frederick attended the celebration at WestRock in Richmond. “We’re so honored to win a medal for our Night Mare. It is a taproom favorite of so many of our citizens and this truly validates all of the hard work of our brewing team.”

Northern Virginia “Ground Zero” for tech workforce: Thousands of unfilled cyber jobs could impact local economy

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Vera’s Kitchen celebrates grand opening in Downtown Manassas

Mayor Hal Parrish and members of the Manassas City Council recently joined business owners Adiam and Veronica Musie and members of the community to celebrate the grand opening of their restaurant, Vera’s Kitchen in the Manassas Historic District. 

Located at 9255 Center Street, Vera’s Kitchen offers a variety of hearty entrees as well as lighter fare inspired by Veronica’s culinary experiences in her native Ethiopia. 

Joined by Manassas Vice Mayor Sheryl Bass and City Council members, Ken Elston, Ian Lovejoy, and Pamela J. Sebesky, Mayor Parrish’s remarks spoke to the dream of small business ownership.  He recognized that the Musie’s dream is one that is shared by many and creates joy for the entrepreneur and the patron when that dream comes to fruition. 

Veronica Musie eloquently expressed her gratitude to “this great nation” for giving her the opportunity to pursue her dream, describing how she enrolled in various classes throughout Northern Virginia to further develop her culinary skills. 

Born in Ethiopia and raised on fresh, nutrient-dense foods, Veronica knew she wanted to provide these meals to others after she migrated to the U.S.  She honed her skills while working at top American restaurants and managing authentic Ethiopian eateries before opening a successful catering venture focusing on healthy fusion recipes that represent a variety of cultures and tastes.   

Patrick Small, Director of Economic Development, and representatives of Historic Manassas were also on hand to welcome the new business to the City of Manassas. The festive grand opening featured wonderful food and camaraderie and concluded with Mayor Parrish offering the perfect toast to “Desta,” which means happiness in the Ethiopian language. 

Veronica and Adiam hope that their restaurant clientele will experience this happiness when they step inside their doors.

Vera’s Kitchen is open Monday through Thursday 8 am. to -4 p.m., Fridays, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and weekends 9 am. to 9 p.m.  They also cater weddings, office meetings and casual gatherings.  You can reach Vera or Adiam at 703-479-7655 or at their website veraskitchendesta.com.

Manassas Mayor Parrish and members of the City Council cut the ribbon at Vera’s Kitchen.

6 Bears & a Goat wins for blonde ale

From an email: 

6 Bears & a Goat Brewing Co.’s Mae West Blonde Ale has earned a gold medal in the 2018 Virginia Craft Beer Cup competition. The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild (VCBG) announced the award for the  Fredericksburg-area brewery Monday during the group’s annual meeting in Richmond.

More than 100 breweries from across Virginia competed in the contest put on by the VCBG, which advocates for the Commonwealth’s burgeoning craft beer industry. There were 26 categories judged by BJCP judges. All 26 gold medal winning beers then competed for the Virginia Craft Beer Cup Best-of-Show winner.

“The judges’ acclaim for Mae West confirms what 6 Bears & a Goat customers already know,” said Mark Faller, CEO of the veteran-owned 6B&G brewery off U.S. 17 in southern Stafford County. “This easy-drinking ale is our top seller in distribution and at the brew house. You could almost say it’s a people’s choice award too. We’re honored to have received the VCBG medal. I commend head brewer Chuck Arnold and brewer Thomas Faller for their commitment to quality and consistency.”

‘Smaller, leaner’ Ornery Public House to open in Fairfax

Prince William County’s first brewpub to open, Ornery Public House, closed its doors in Woodbridge earlier this year.

Today, owner Randy Barnette tells us he’s moving to a smaller location in Fairfax. The brewery and restaurant will soon launch a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for the relocation. Also, Barnette says he plans to reopen an Ornery location in Woodbridge once again, however, he did not say when. 

Before it became Ornery, Barnette operated a Hard Times Cafe at Potomac Festival across from Potomac Mills mall in Woodbridge.

More from an email: 

We will be relocating to the City of Fairfax. We have entered a Letter Of Intent and are finalizing our lease in the Old Town Plaza in the City of Fairfax, a 3 story mixed-use complex with an attached 500 car parking garage at the intersection of Rt. 123 & North St.

The new smaller, leaner Public House will be home to a 3 barrel pilot brewery where Ferdinand and his team will create new and exciting beers, brew small-batch beers, and perfect all your favorites. We’ll roll out a very similar menu and experience for our friends and guests, along with those delicious specials that kept you coming back again and again.

We do not have an estimate on opening yet but the good news is the location is a closed restaurant and our re-imaging of the location and installation of the pilot brewery will be drastically shorter than building a new location.

In addition to re-launching our brewpub in the City of Fairfax, we will be relocating our main production brewery in the Bristow area. The Production Brewery will initially be production only, concentrating on supplying the Fairfax Public House and our wholesale draft partners, BUT we expect to have a taproom open within the first 6 months.

TO OUR WOODBRIDGE FAMILY

It pains us to not initially re-open in Woodbridge. You are our friends and family. In the difficult situation we found ourselves, we must take advantage of the best opportunity and operational structure we can find, assuring our long-term success. With our new structure of the remotely located production brewery, our plans are to have a couple future brewpubs in the area supplied by the production brewery. WE WILL RETURN TO WOODBRIDGE!

To our MUG CLUB Members: When we reopen, you will receive a gift card to reimburse you for your Mug Club membership AND you will keep your Mug Club Membership for our first year open!

I THANK RAPPAPORT FOR THEIR YEARS OF SUPPORT

I must also take this opportunity to again clarify & emphasize that our previous landlord, Rappaport Companies, DID NOT DRASTICALLY INCREASE OUR RENT, causing us to close in Woodbridge. Our rent issues were solely caused by the size of our location. Our 12,000 foot size was the reason we closed in Woodbridge, our rent per square foot was fair for the market. Rappaport worked with us for as long as they could. We worked together to figure out a way to reduce our size without affecting our sales but a solution just could not be found. While the process of losing our first lease caused some emotional response, I have nothing but GOOD things to say about Rappaport and their team! I would be a tenant of theirs at anytime they would have us back at their many properties.

A new look for Prince William Medical Center

MANASSAS — It’s almost like having a new hospital.

Officials on Thursday gathered at Novant/UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center in Manassas on Tuesday to usher a new era at the medical facility.

Among the new features is a fully redone building facade facing Sudley Road, and a healing garden designed to provide green space and respite for hospital visitors.

The new glass facade modernizes the 56-year-old building and is fully new glass to brighten up the place. Inside, there’s a new patient corridor and mechanical enhancements that hospital officials said will provide a better private room experience.

The building is also now more energy efficient, and it features, last but not least, a newly redesigned gift shop.

Community leaders gathered at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 for a ribbon cutting to mark the completion of the changes at the hospital.

The healing garden was designed and planted in partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension and its Master Gardener’s program.

The total cost of the renovations at the hospital is $38 million.

Prince William Medical Center is located at 8700 Sudley Road in Manassas.

The Crossroads Tabletop Tavern will pair food and drink with games

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Stafford business leaders told college grads fleeing Virginia in record numbers

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This new full-service Lake Ridge eatery targets customers others don’t — early commuters

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One year in at CenterFuse co-work space, foot traffic, networking events steady but memberships few

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Cyber-Training and Education Conference is free to area military veterans transitioning into cyber-related careers

From a press release: 

The Prince William County Department of Economic Development is proud to sponsor The Cyber-Training and Education Conference to be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at the George Mason University Science and Technology Campus in Prince William County.  The one-day cyber-security career pathway and curriculum conference is free to area military veterans transitioning into cyber-related careers and high school teachers helping prepare students.

Speakers will include representatives in both public and private sectors ranging from: the National Initiative for Cybersecurity; Hire Our Heroes; USO Metro; Virginia Veterans Initative; Northern Virginia Community College; the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; National Cyberwatch Center; Virginia Cyber Range; Booze Allen Hamilton; Northrop Grumman – CyberPatriot; Lockheed Martin; MITRE; Amazon Web Services, Prince William County public schools; Scriyb, to name a few.  

Attendees will learn about the skills necessary to be equipped to secure jobs in the cyber-security marketplace, which offers a wide-range of positions: chief information security officer, forensic computer analyst, information security analyst, penetration test, security architect, IT security engineer, network security systems administrator and IT security consultation.  Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.  Register today here and download the agenda here.  All attendees will earn 0.7 CEUs for attending.

Teachers and other attendees interested in game-based learning and hearing from edtech teachers who are leading the instructional design movement in K-12 education may also be interested in the upcoming Serious Play Conference being held at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Prince William County on July 10-12, 2018.  For more information on this conference visit: www.seriousplay-dc.com or register here and download an agenda here

Prince William Chamber CEO Debbie Jones one of 5 to be recognized by Catholic Business Network

From an email: 

The Catholic Business Network (CBN) is honoring five Catholic Chief Executive Officers of Northern Virginia’s largest Chambers of Commerce, Friday, June 8th at Hyatt Regency Dulles, 2300 Dulles Corner Blvd, Herndon 20171. Those attending will enjoy networking, a plated lunch, panel discussion and a brief awards program.  The five CEOs being honored are Debbie Jones, President & CEO of the Prince William Chamber; Jim Corcoran, President & CEO of the Northern Virginia Chamber; Tony Howard, President & CEO of the Loudoun Chamber; Mark Ingrao, President & CEO Reston Chamber; and John Boylan, President & CEO of the Dulles Chamber.
 
The luncheon will include an informal conversation among these five chamber leaders about their roles at the chamber each leads, the competitive and cooperative nature of the chambers and the roles each plays in our local and state governmental and economic policies.

Bruce Gemmill of John Marshall Bank, states “CBN will recognize Debbie, Tony, John, Jim, and Mark with awards for the unselfish leadership each brings to their respective chambers.  Every day, these CEOs instill in their staffs the importance all members bring to the chamber.  They and their staffs go out of their way to bring value to each member, and they hold events to thank and award member individuals and businesses for their contributions to the chamber, business, and community.  The Catholic Business Network felt it was important to turn the tables and give the proper recognition these five deserve.” 

Lidl partners with delivery firm to offer grocery home drop-off service

Those who don’t want to make the drive to discount grocer Lidl may not have to anymore.

Grocery delivery service Shipt announced this week it will now pick up and deliver items from area Lidl stores, has opened locations near Manassas, Lake Ridge, south Stafford and outside Fredericksburg.

More in a press release:

Shipt, a leading online grocery marketplace, today announced they will be expanding with Lidl, one of the world’s largest retailers. Starting May 22, Shipt will begin home delivery from Lidl stores in Ashburn, Fredericksburg, Manassas, and Woodbridge, Va. to residents in the surrounding area. 

Cumulatively, the expansion gives more than 360,000 households in Northern Virginia access to Lidl products, such as fresh foods and household essentials, delivered by Shipt in as little as one hour. To celebrate the announcement, new Shipt members who sign up will receive an annual membership for $49 (normally $99).

Founded in 2014 in Birmingham, Alabama, Shipt is committed to simplifying its members’ lives by offering a new, convenient same-day shopping experience. Shipt’s marketplace gives members the ability to browse, search and shop the in-store assortment of products online. Members can note preferences, choose a one-hour delivery window and pay for their order, all within the app. Shipt’s expert team of shoppers takes care of selecting, bagging and delivering the items. The annual membership grants access to free, unlimited delivery on orders over $35.

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