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Lindley Estes is a business writer for The Free Lance-Star and This blog is on Fredericksburg-area business. Send an e-mail to Lindley Estes.

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Business Notes, 3/14/13

Here are some odds and ends from the past week from the world of Fredericksburg-area business:

  • An April 20 event will highlight the achievements of Fredericksburg-area students, educators and businesses in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. FredTech’s second-annual STEM 16 Summit will be between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the University of Mary Washington’s Anderson Center. The event, which will feature STEM-related technology demonstrations and booths, is free and open to the public.
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill has closed its 2,400-square-foot restaurant in Spotsylvania County’s Cosner’s Corner shopping center. The only other area Moe’s location is in the Stafford Marketplace off Garrisonville Road in North Stafford.
  • The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce has rescheduled its State of the Chamber event for 8 a.m. March 25 at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center. The event was postponed last week because of the snow storm. Barry DuVal, president and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, will deliver the keynote address.
  • CF Homes of Virginia LLC (formerly IPD Homes) won the Virginia Chapter of the American Concrete Institute’s Commonwealth Award of Excellence 2012 for the design and construction of the Lantern Hall home in King George County. We featured the home here.
  • The Awards and Recognition Association recently honored Spotsylvania-based Awards For Anything for having the best retailer website. The company competed against awards companies throughout the world. The award was presented in Las Vegas.
  • The Popcorn Bag in Fredericksburg has named its new beer flavor popcorn after Ed Whelan, the owner of The Inn at the Olde Silk Mill in Fredericksburg where the business is based. The flavor is called ”McWhelan’s Sweet Irish Beer.”
  • Sgt. Chad Yancey, a 29-year-old who medically retired from the U.S. Army in 2012, recently started a Chem-Dry carpet-cleaning franchise to serve Stafford, Manassas, Woodbridge and surrounding areas. He plans to donate 10 percent of his profits to veteran organizations Homes for Heroes and Disabled American Veterans.
  • Commercial real estate broker Mark Huffman has joined the staff at Vakos Real Estate. Huffman was previously with Richmond-based Blackwood Development Co.
  • Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer reports brokering the following area leases of late:
    • Tactical Engineering & Analysis Inc.: 4,055 square feet of office space in Breezewood Office Park at 10712 Ballantraye Drive in Spotsylvania.
    • Modern Health Center Inc.: 1,367 square feet of office space in Salem Professional Center at 4024 Plank Road in Spotsylvania.

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