These firms recently filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court's local clerk of court offices.

Under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code, a company is protected from claims by creditors while it attempts to reorganize its finances under a plan approved by the court.

In a Chapter 7 liquidation, a court trustee sells assets to pay creditors' claims. The company then ceases operations.

Eastern Virginia District

Alexandria Division

Natural Gas Concepts Inc.

7644-L Fullerton Rd., Springfield, Va. 22153

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 03-10731-SSM

Date filed: Feb. 13

Attorney: Thomas P. Gorman, 703-549-5000

Assets: $28,448

Liabilities: $179,177

Largest unsecured creditor: Brian Smith, $61,577

Heritage Press Inc.

10089-A Lee Hwy., Fairfax, Va. 22030

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 03-10738-SSM

Date filed: Feb. 14

Attorney: Scott J. Newton, 703-549-5000

Assets: $1,000,001 to $10 million

Liabilities: $500,001 to $1 million

Largest unsecured creditor: Heidelberg, $276,797

Talkingnets Inc.

8619 Westwood Center Dr., Suite 200, Vienna, Va. 22182

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 03-10784-SSM

Date filed: Feb. 19

Attorney: Thomas P. Gorman, 703-549-5000

Assets: $1,000,001 to $10 million

Liabilities: $1,000,001 to $10 million

Largest unsecured creditor: Cisco Systems Capital Corp., $450,000

Talkingnets Holdings LLC

8619 Westwood Center Dr., Suite 200, Vienna, Va. 22182

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 03-10785-SSM

Date filed: Feb. 19

Attorney: Thomas P. Gorman, 703-549-5000

Assets: Zero to $50,000

Liabilities: $500,001 to $1 million

Largest unsecured creditor: Verizon, $819,987

Maryland District

Greenbelt Court

Tri-Acres Inc.

1910 Briggs Chaney Rd., Silver Spring, Md. 20905

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 03-11866PM

Date filed: Feb. 14

Attorney: Alan H. Grant, 301-258-1033

Assets: $50,001 to $100,000

Liabilities: Zero to $50,000

Largest unsecured creditor: O. Clay, $1,000

-- Compiled by Judith Mbuya