Software Firm Ready for Upgrade

Pacel Corp., a software development and systems integration company in Manassas, has signed a lease to double office space from 4,100 square feet to 8,200 at its headquarters on Rixlew Lane as of Sept. 1. The company also plans to increase its work force from 15 to 30 by the end of summer.

The new space will be home to programmers, Web site and database developers, technicians, additional sales force and supervisory personnel responsible for Pacel's Internet business. That business provides, among other services, e-commerce consulting and development.

The company also announced that it broke sales record in July by booking 11 contracts, including a program with Scientific Applications International Corp. and Georgia Tech on voice recognitions for wearable computers in high noise environments.

"Pacel Corp. will continue to build and expand out marketing and sales efforts and personnel ensuring the continued growth and expansion of our company," said President David E. Calkins.

Networking Opportunity

The Prince William Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly after-hours event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. tomorrow at Southern Financial Bank, 13542 Minnieville Rd., in the Dominion Center in Woodbridge.

The free event is one of four monthly networking opportunities for chamber members and guests. For reservations, call the chamber at 590-5000.

On Wednesday, the chamber will hold its monthly membership meeting luncheon at Montclair Gold, Tennis & Swim Club, 16500 Edgewood Dr., in Montclair. The event will begin at 11 a.m.

The topic for the lunch is a "Celebration of the Arts in Prince William County," with featured speaker Stella Olinger of the Prince William Arts Council. Reservations are required, at 590-5000.

Please fax submissions for Wednesday's business notes column at least a week in advance to Amy Joyce at 670-7197; e-mail them to joycea@washpost.com; or mail them to 13662 Office Pl., Suite 102, Woodbridge, Va. 22192. Publication of submissions is subject to space limitations.