Applause for Waste Reduction

The Atlantic Research Corp.'s Gainesville facility received top honors from the Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards for environmental programs developed by small manufacturers.

The first place award recognizes ARC for implementing a comprehensive, sustained program of waste minimization at its Gainesville facility. The Waste Minimization Program was launched in 1993.

As a result of the program, the amount of hazardous waste generated in 1998 was 67 percent lower than in 1992, company officials said. The program has also reduced operational costs, improved compliance and lowered long-term liability associated with waste handling.

The awards program is sponsored by the Virginia Manufacturers Association and is endorsed by the governor's office and the Depatment of Environmental Quality.

Business Awards Announced

The Prince William Regional Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the 1999 Business Awards this week. They are:

* Small business: A Floral Affair/A Tudor Rose;

* Medium business: Digital Access Corp.;

* Large business: Shear Scapes Inc.;

* New business: PakMail AM/PM Movers.

The winners will receive their awards at The Annual Business Awards Dinner at The Clubs at Quantico, from 6 to 9 p.m. next Wednesday.

The public is invited; reservations are necessary. Call the chamber office for more information at 703-590-5000.

Small-Office Networking

The Small Office/Home Office Committee of the Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce will hold its Fall Harvest "Increase Your Yield--A Networking Opportunity" on Thursday.

The host for the event is F&M Bank at 7801 Sudley Rd., Manassas.

The event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. For reservation, contact Poppie Berger at the chamber at 703-368-6600.

Offering 401(k) Advice

Rob Strum and Jeff Pope of Scott & Stringfellow will give a seminar called "Moving Your Precious Cargo--A Guide to 401(k) and Other Retirement Plan Rollovers" on Thursday.

Among other things, the seminar will demonstrate tax efficient strategies for moving retirement plan money.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the upstairs banquet room of the Old Town Inne, 9403 Main St., Manassas. The seminar is free, but reservations are required. Call Susan Harrover at 703-368-4970.

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