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Monarc Construction, Inc. – A Family Affair

If you live or work in Merrifield, you’ve surely seen the mini-cooper cars distinctively emblazoned with a beautiful Monarch butterfly zipping along Hartland, Gallows and Lee Highway. These cars belong to Moncarc Construction Inc.

Founded in 1987 by John Bellingham, Monarc Construction has completed more than 3,000 renovation and new construction projects in The District of Columbia and the surrounding suburbs. With that many completed projects, it’s hard to find any corner of the Washington DC metro area that doesn’t have one of their works of art. From Embassies to churches to historic preservation, Monarc is the “go to” expert in the region.

There are times where their reputation and ability to take on unique restoration projects precedes them, and the client does not obtain competing bids. This reputation starts at the top with John Bellingham who brings Monarc’s traditions of honesty, integrity, and creativity to each project.  
John has also brought his son Mark and his daughter Tanya into the business. Mark started working at the company when he was sixteen years old, and joined the firm full time in 2008. Tanya completed her education in Environmental Studies and is an integral part of the company’s efforts to build “green.”  Monarc traditions of excellence are being passed on to the next generation.

Monarc has been in Merrifield for decades, and GMBA is proud to recognize this multi-award-winning company as its newest member.

Monarc is hiring Project Managers, Estimators, Skilled Craftsmen and Laborers. You can visit their website at to view their portfolio and see all job openings. 
SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund
-Registration Portal Opens April 30!
-Applications Open May 3!

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund, part of the American Rescue Plan Act stimulus package, will provide emergency assistance for qualifying businesses with revenue losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible restaurants will receive funding to match their pandemic-related revenue loss: up to $5 million per physical location, or a total of $10 million per business. The funds will not have to be repaid as long as businesses use them for approved purposes by March 11, 2023.

The applications will be handed by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Registrations for the application portal will open at 9 a.m. on April 30, and applications will open at noon on May 3.

Eligible businesses with pandemic-related revenue losses include restaurants, food stands, food trucks, food carts, caterers, bars, saloons, taverns, lounges, taverns, snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars, bakeries, brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms, wineries, distilleries, inns, and alcoholic beverage producers with facilities for tasting and purchases.

For the first 21 days of the program, SBA will prioritize applications from small businesses at least 51 percent owned by women, veterans, or socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. From day 22 until funds are exhausted, all eligible applications will be accepted.

or visit the SBA Website here.
Networking Lunch with GMBA & Falls Church Chamber Featuring Delegate Marcus Simon
May 18, Noon - 1:30 PM

Join GMBA and Falls Church Chamber of Commerce for the Annual Richmond Report presented by Delegate Marcus Simon. Stay in the loop with all updates and happenings with Virginia Legislature.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions as well.

Everyone invited! Members are free, $5 for non-members. Register Now!
Maximize Your GMBA Membership - Know (and use) Your Benefits!
May 12, 2021
12-1 on zoom

Are you taking advantage of all of the free advertising that comes along with your membership? If not, you might want to join us for this hands-on training!

Learn how to post events, specials, news releases, job openings and more!

Member News, Events & Promotions
Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK Socially-Distanced Sound Art at Wolf Trap
April 6 - September 6, 2021

Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK is a GPS-enabled work of free public art that uses music to illuminate the natural environment.

Created by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid, SOUNDWALK is tailor-made for Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, created to encourage calm reflection and introspection, and can be experienced while following social distancing guidelines. More info!
The Arc of Northern Virginia's Team Challenge 5K Race and Distance Walk April 24 - May 2

The Arc of Northern Virginia’s Corporate and Community Team Challenge brings together companies and community to raise important funds to sustain and strengthen its vital programs, services, and advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

This year's event will remain virtual with the option to race the 5K in-person on May 2nd at Burke Lake Park. Individual walkers and walking teams will participate only virtually. More information
First Baptist Church of Merrifield
Prayer Groups, Bible Study & Events

First Baptist Church of Merrifield invites everyone to join in their zoom-based classes.
For a list of all upcoming events, click here!
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
Wolf Trap Streaming Sessions
Keeping Music Alive

For a full list of live streaming and rescheduled concerts, click here!
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We highly encourage the community to join and share their experiences with local businesses through positive comments, questions and photos!

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