Employee Screening Workshop

The Richmond Group International and the Dr. William E.S. Flory Small Business Development Center Inc. will hold a conference about employee screening to prevent lawsuits and minimize claims, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 17, at the Best Western Battlefield Inn in Manassas.

The cost is $25. Call the Flory Center at 703-335-2500 for more information or to register.

County Awards Arts Grants

The Prince William County Park Authority's board of directors approved $45,000 in Arts Council Grants for 1999-2000.

There were 17 applications and $153,167 in eligible requests, both record numbers.

The organizations that were awarded the highest amounts include the Center for the Arts, which is to receive $5,625; Vpstart Crow Productions and Youth Orchestras of Prince William, awarded $7,313 each; and Prince William Little Theatre, which was awarded $5,720.

Chamber to Hold Silent Auction

The Prince William Regional Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual silent auction from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Sea Sea & Co., 301 Mill St., Occoquan.

The cost is $10. Please call the chamber for reservations at 703-590-5000.

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.