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Discover Western Prince William March 2019
Your Business
in Action
~ Nancy Griffin-Bonnaire
Inaugural Jennie Dean Legacy Awards Recognizes
Four Local Women
Four area women were recently awarded the inaugural Jennie Dean Legacy awards
during a Black History Month event at the Manassas City Council meeting. They were
selected for extraordinary volunteer efforts that embody the community commitment
of Jennie Dean, founder of the Manassas Industrial School for Colored Youth, which
educated local African-American youth from 1893­1938. The winners include:
Sheila Coleman, president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Prince William
County Chapter, Inc. She has spearheaded campaigns that bring awareness to the importance
of breast, prostate, and colon cancer screenings.
Reverend Etoria V. Goggins, pastor, and the first woman to lead the First African Methodist
Episcopal Church of Manassas. She has established lessons in nutritional and financial
discipline, canvassed the community, delivered relief supplies to the indigent, and fed area
First Lady Bonita Savage of First Baptist Church of Manassas, who shares her talent as a
professional chef by instructing the young women's ministry, serving meals to the community,
and ensuring that children in need receive school supplies and food.
Brenda Lewis, who has served as Chairperson of the Manassas
African-American Heritage Festival for the last 25 years and
as an educator for over 40 years, and who has committed to
strengthening families through positive cultural arts programs.
The award winners also helped unveil a scale model of a Jennie
Dean statue that is the centerpiece of a Manassas Industrial School/
Jennie Dean Memorial Update. The unveiling marked the kickoff
of the MIS/Jennie Dean Memorial Update fundraising campaign
to honor Jennie Dean, who despite being born a slave, raised
funds tirelessly to establish the school that educated more than
6,000 students at a time when education was out of reach for most
African-Americans. Congratulations to all!
Sculptor Christopher Hill, Sheila Coleman, Brenda Lewis, First Lady Bonita Savage,
Community Development Director Liz Via-Gossman, Rev. Etoria V. Goggins, Parks, Culture &
Recreation Manager Kisha Wilson-Sogunro, and Mayor Harry J. Parrish II
Friends of Central Community Library Host Book Sale
Don't miss one of the best book sales of the year! Head to the
Central Community Library (8601 Mathis Avenue, Manassas) to
find fantastic prices on books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, and more!
The sale is hosted by Friends of the Central Community Library and
will be held in the Community Room, on
March 22 & 23 from 10:00
a.m.­4:00 p.m. and March 24 from noon­3:00 p.m. On Sunday
only, fill a bag for just $5! To learn more, visit
Mary Loose DeViney Earns Business Certified Appraiser Credential
A longtime small business consultant for Prince William's
Flory Small Business Center for nearly 28 years, Mary Loose
DeViney, owner of Tuel Jewelers in Charlottesville, recently
earned the prestigious Business Certified Appraiser (BCA)
credential awarded by the International Society of Business
Appraisers (ISBA).
As one who was already providing detailed financial analysis
for clients and teaching the importance of staying current on
business financial matters, Ms. DeViney felt it was time to
pursue a professional accreditation that allows her to assist
business owners in obtaining an accurate valuation of their
small or mid-sized business. To earn ISBA's BCA credential,
one must complete comprehensive education courses, pass a
written exam, and successfully write a Demonstration Report.
Ms. DeViney hopes her knowledge will save clients time and money by providing them with
an accurate business valuation specific to their situation.
Mary Loose DeViney
Prince William Chamber Prepares for Tomorrow's Workforce
Prince William Chamber of Commerce's Education & Innovation
Committee has developed a workforce development initiative in
a unique partnership with the Virginia Department of Education,
Virginia Department of Labor & Industry, Prince William County
Schools, Manassas City Schools, and Manassas Park City
The end goal is to connect the business community to the three school
divisions by way of Career & Technical Education (CTE), which serves more than 550,000
Virginia students in grades 6­12, preparing them for productive futures while meeting
the Commonwealth's need for well-trained and industry-certified technical workers. The
Education and Innovation Committee serves as a conduit for the schools, which provide
students with book-knowledge learning, and the business community, which provides CTE
departments with applied-knowledge instruction.
The partnership allows the Committee to connect state-level resources into the region,
including a work-based learning program and
youth registered apprenticeship program. They are
currently seeking businesses and organizations to
join them in these initiatives. To learn more, visit or contact Suzanne
Lewis at or (571) 765-7753.
SaVida Health Hosts Grand Opening of Woodbridge Treatment Center
SaVida Health, a leader in outpatient, medication-assisted treatment for opioid and alcohol
addiction, is thrilled to announce the opening of a new treatment center in Woodbridge. They
invite healthcare providers, emergency responders, social workers and others concerned
or impacted by the opioid crisis to join them at a Grand Opening and
Ribbon Cutting event at the newest center, located at 4001 Prince
William Parkway, Suite 300, Woodbridge, on Monday,
March 18 from
11:45 a.m.­1:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Andy Ward at
Crossroads Tabletop Tavern Boasts Specially Made Cup Holders
When businesses work together, great things happen! John Hornberger, owner of Crossroads
Tabletop Tavern, was searching for a way to protect his tavern tables and board games alike
from the potential damage of spilled drinks (not uncommon in a restaurant), so he called
on Denny Vorbau of Knock on Wood, a
fellow Old Town Manassas business. After a
couple of attempts, Denny created a clamp-
on model that easily supports the weight of
up to a pint of beer; it even has inserts that
secure smaller glasses. There are about 40
of these cup holders throughout the tavern,
with more on the way, and they've been a
big hit with customers! To learn more, call
(571) 364-8885.