'Selling to Virginia'

Seminar Is Planned

Virginia's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network will host "Selling to Virginia: Opportunities for Success," a seminar designed to educate small businesses and those owned by women and minorities about opportunities to sell goods and services to the Commonwealth and local governments.

The event is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Johnson Center's Dewberry Hall at George Mason University in Fairfax. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The cost is $20. Presentations will be delivered in English, but business owners with limited English proficiency are encouraged to attend.

The half-day seminar will include new information about the Virginia procurement process; woman and minority-owned business certification; methods for contacting state and local government buyers; registration and catalogues for eVA, Virginia's electronic commerce initiative; and business assistance and counseling services. Businesses will have the opportunity to meet with purchasing officers from several state and local agencies.

For more information and to register, visit www.virginiasbdc.org/conferences.asp. You may also contact the Virginia SBDC network office at 703-279-3328, e-mail rcope2@gmu.edu or contact your local network office.

Construction to Begin

At Ballston Metro Station

The first phase of Arlington's $10-million project at the Ballston-Marymount University Metro Station is scheduled to begin this month. Three elevators will be installed along Fairfax Drive to ease access to the east end of the station and to meet growing ridership demand, county officials said.

One elevator will be installed on the north side of Fairfax Drive, adjacent to an existing elevator, providing access between the mezzanine and street levels. The two other new elevators will be on the south side of Fairfax Drive, where an underground passageway will be constructed to connect the elevators to the existing entrance. A new entrance to the west side of the station near Glebe Road is planned, but not yet fully funded.

Officials said the elevator and passageway construction will cause some inconvenience for about 18 months. Fences will enclose construction areas along Fairfax Drive, but Metro customers will be able to continue using the existing elevator. Four travel lanes will be maintained on Fairfax Drive to minimize the impact of construction on area traffic, county officials said. Doctor to Discuss

Adolescent Depression

Liza Kastelic, an expert on adolescent depression, will share information with parents on recognizing and treating depression at a community forum 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Thomas Jefferson Community Theater, 125 S. Old Glebe Road.

The forum is sponsored by the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families and funded by the Arlington Community Foundation. Spanish interpretation will be provided. For more information, contact Anne Vor der Bruegge at 703-228-1667.