Happy Hour Mixer

The Providence Fairfax

May 23, 5:30 -7:30

9490 Sprague Ave, Fairfax

Please join us for a bite and a beverage at the May VBA /GMBA Happy Hour Mixer at The Providence Fairfax!

This is a beautiful, and very hip Senior Living facility near the Vienna Metro.  

Come on out and mix and mingle with folks from Vienna Business Association and the Greater Merrifield Business Association!

Make sure to bring business cards for networking and door prizes!

We hope you can make it!

RSVP and there is no charge!

M&T Bank

Small Business, Big Ideas?

Launch Your Entrepreneurial Journey

May 23, 2-3PM


As part of National Small Business Month, M&T Bank invites you to join us for an educational virtual discussion reviewing top strategies for starting or acquiring a business.


From market research to creating a business plan and identifying funding sources, our experts will review valuable tips to help guide your entrepreneurial journey.


Additionally, our panelists will explain the importance of working with organizations and partners who you trust along the way.


Chris Nichols, M&T Bank, Executive Vice President

& Director of Sales, Business Banking


Michael LeBlanc, Owner CCi Voice

Josh Reilly, M&T Bank, Business Banking Team Leader

Natalie Wech, M&T Bank, Business Banking Regional Manager

Register Now!

Maximize Your GMBA Membership Know (and use) the Free Marketing Tools!

May 31, 12:00-1PM

Please join Peggy James, our Executive Director for a hands-on training discussing all of the ways to get the best marketing benefits out of your GMBA membership!

Interested but can't make it? This training is held on the last Wednesday of each month. If this doesn't work for your schedule, contact Peggy for a one-on-one training.

For more information and to register, click here!!

Member News, Deals & Events!

The ARC of Northern Virginia: Financial Planning Under Unique Circumstances

Friday, June 2, 2023

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Planning for the financial future for your child with a disability is crucial, and it is also one of the most personal experiences a parent can have. It’s not just about planning for the future; it’s planning for a future that you as a parent won’t always be around to help with. The circumstances of your family’s needs may be unusual and require a specialized approach.

In this session, we’ll explore not just how to plan for that financial future with a Special Needs Trust with The Arc of Northern Virginia, but also the personal steps you can take to make the process one you can trust. We’ll look at the process with an eye towards creating trusting relationships with all the parties involved in establishing and maintaining a Special Needs Trust for your loved one.

Our guest presenter this month is presented by Cortney Heykoop, Financial Advisor with Clover Leaf Wealth Strategies, LLC. Cortney has been in the banking and financial services industry since 1999. She graduated from The Catholic University of American in 1998 with a degree in International Economics and Finance. In September of 2018, she opened the doors of Clover Leaf Wealth Strategies.

All webinars presented by The Arc of Northern Virginia are FREE to attend, but pre-registration is required.

Create a great offer by adding words like "free" "personalized" "complimentary" or "customized." A sense of urgency often helps readers take an action, so think about inserting phrases like "for a limited time only" or "only 7 remaining"!

RSVP to attend in person

RSVP to attend webinar

Arc of Northern Virginia

Team Challenge

Sunday, June 4, 2023

Burke Lake Park

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 again be an IN-PERSON 5K timed run and 2K fun walk.  

Full Details are available at: https://thearcofnova.org/events/team-challenge/

What's Going on at Crescendo Studios?

8101A Lee highway

Falls Church, VA

New Director:

Robert Martin

Read Bio

Summer Camps:

June 26-30

July 10-14

Open Mic:

Last Thursday of the month

Rehearsal Rooms Available!

For more news, events and information, please visit online!


June 3, 2 - 8:30PM


Join Mosaic’s 2nd Annual Pride Parade on June 3. The parade begins at 2:00pm in front of One Medical and will run all the way down District Ave. to Glass Alley concluding at the Main Stage.

The celebration will continue until 8:30 pm with drag queens, GMU Band, dance performances from Kazaxe, Groovalicious and more!


Saturday, May 27, 5-8pm

Strawberry Lane


Bring family and friends together to celebrate spring and love: Celebrate the Colors of Holi at Mosaic on Saturday, May 27.

Co-hosted with RASA, celebration includes live music by DJ Binda, a Henna artist and food and cocktails-plus lots and lots of colored powder..

Brought to you by RASA, Custom Ink and Uber Eats.

This event will be first-come, first-served for guests who wish to participate (colors and t-shirts available while supplies last). 

Suggested attire: Not your nicest clothes, but the powder is washable and non-toxic.

Upcoming Member Events!

5/23 5:30p Mixer at the Providence Senior Living with VBA and GMBA

5/27 9:30a First Baptist Church of Merrifield - Heritage Hangout

5/31 12p Maximize Your GMBA Membership - Know (and use) Your Benefits!

6/3 7:30a Register Now: The Arc of Northern Virginia's Corporate & Community Team Challenge

6/20 10:30a Wolf Trap: Jumpin' Jamie

6/21 10:30a Wolf Trap: Musiquita

6/22 10:30a Wolf Trap: David Engel | Captain Nemo's Adventure Academy!

For a list of all events, click here!

Meetings Mixers and Ribbon Cuttings

GMBA is on the lookout for interesting speakers and meeting/mixer hosts for 2023

We also want to make sure we are helping you celebrate your business openings and milestones!

If you are interested in speaking, hosting or having a ribbon cutting, or other celebration coming up, please contact Peggy at director@greatermerrifield.org.