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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, 9/5/13

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

  • Foode plans to install solar panels atop the courtyard of its Caroline Street restaurant to reduce some of its electricity needs. The business is also working on an outdoor garden made with recycled bottles and has other plans for its “green” initiative.
  • Spotsylvania County-based SimVentions Inc. was recently awarded a five-year, $24.5 million contract to provide technical and engineering support services to the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division’s Asymmetric Systems Department. Work categories will include anti-terrorism, force protection, counter-improvised explosive device, forensics and many other aspects of national defense. Inc. magazine recently named SimVentions as one of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.
  • Skylla Engineering Ltd. recently leased 15,000 square feet of office space at 100 Greenspring Drive in North Stafford, said CBRE Phillip Baxter, who helped handle the lease.
  • About an acre of land at 551 Warrenton Road in Stafford County was recently sold for $580,000 to Bhalani LLC for a new Dunkin’ Donuts eatery. Coldwell Banker Commercial Elite brokers J.R. Burdette and Joe Pfahler handled the transaction.
  • Nicholls Auction Marketing Group Inc. at 11 a.m. Friday will sell the historic home at 509 Hanover St. in Fredericksburg.
  • Friday is the deadline for applications for the Made in FredVA business plan competition. Someone will win $10,000 toward business startup expenses.
  • Forage, a consignment and vintage clothing store in downtown Fredericksburg, will hold a fall fashion show at 7 p.m. Friday at Weadon Studios in Fredericksburg. The free event, which is open to the public, will include a runway, track lighting, a live DJ and about 15 models and 30 looks, said Forage co-owner Megan Parry. The clothes modeled at the event will later be on sale at Forage.
  • Artist Roque Castro, who is behind the Virginia LOVE signs that have sprouted up throughout the state, will be the featured speaker at a “Drinks & Discussion” event starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday at 1004 Caroline St. in downtown Fredericksburg.
  • Fredericksburg-based Marstel-Day LLC has been named to business management services firm ZweigWhite’s “2013 Hot Firm List” for the fifth-consecutive year. The list ranks the top 100 fastest-growing U.S. architecture, engineering and environmental consulting firms.
  • Susan Carol Associates Public Relations Inc. recently won an APEX Award for publication excellence for the quarterly newsletter the agency produces on behalf of Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg and its interventional radiology group, Virginia Interventional & Vascular Associates.
  • TD Bank has promoted Cameron Walker to manager of the store at 16714 Jefferson Davis Highway in Dumfries.
  • Retired local Circuit Court Judge Martin Bass has joined The McCammon Group to handle mediation, arbitration, private judging and other legal services in the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • Oct. 1 is the next deadline for applications for the Spotsylvania Economic Development Authority’s Business Incentive Grant program.
  • The Title Professionals LLC has opened an office at 10708 Ballantraye Drive, Suite 204, in Spotsylvania. It is the company’s third area location, with the other ones in downtown Fredericksburg and Hope Road in Stafford.
  • Area attorneys, accountants and financial advisors are invited to attend a live webcast of the 21st-annual Estate & Charitable Gift Planning Institute. The event will start at 10:15 a.m. Sept. 25 at Germanna Community College’s Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper. The cost is $25, including lunch.