FS- and EFM-Owned Businesses

AFSA is pleased to offer this new resource section that will list any business owned by Eligible Family Members or a (retired) member of the Foreign Service. Please send the following information to lau@afsa.org to get your business listed:

  • Name of business
  • Website
  • A high-res version of the company’s logo (if any)
  • Email/telephone/other contact information
  • Physical address (if any)
  • One-paragraph description of the services/products offered.
  • Category into which the business falls, e.g. education, counseling, real estate, financial, etc.

We hope these new opportunities will help FS- and EFM-owned businesses reach a larger audience and new potential customers.

Ambo International Real Estate

  • Website: www.ambointernationalre.com
  • Email: mary@ambointernationalre.com
  • Phone: (703) 223-4878
  • Category: Real Estate Investing and Education
  • About: Ambo International Investing was founded by Mary Pearce and Maureen Mccann, two women with a singular goal: to reinvent the investment process for FSOs and their families. Pairing Mary’s insider knowledge of the FSOs community with Maureen’s broad industry experience, Ambo International Investing is a company built to address the unique investment challenges faced by FSOs stationed abroad. Our service aims to educate and facilitate, taking the guesswork out of investing so you can take back control of your investments - and your time. How Foreign Service Officers Can Generate Consistent Passive Income Through U.S. Real Estate Investments From Anywhere In The World. Free Masterclass: Investing in U.S. Real Estate from Overseas covers: How To Identify The Right Markets and Teams, 5 Ways Real Estate Investments Produce Big Returns, and Build Wealth Using Other People’s Money (OPM).

Atlas Corps

  • Website: www.atlascorps.org
  • Email: scott@atlascorps.org
  • Social Media: www.facebook.com/atlascorps
  • Phone: (202) 509-5363
  • Address: 99 M St SE, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20003
  • Category: Nonprofit (International Education)
  • About: Atlas Corps is a leadership development and international exchange (J-1 visa) program for the world's best social change leaders. We have supported 700 leaders from 94 different countries since our founding in 2006. We serve as a partner for Public Affairs Sections who are seeking an innovative, public-private partnership model to develop civil society in their countries, (2) we are an opportunity for nonprofits in the U.S. to receive diverse talent on their teams as part of their on-the-job training fellowships, and (3) we are an organization that has multiple volunteer opportunities for members of the FS-community who are seeking to give back to the world. Please learn more at www.atlascorps.org and facebook.com/atlascorps or contact the Founder and CEO (and EFM/FS-Spouse), Scott Beale, at scott@atlascorps.org.

Best Rest Families, LLC

  • Website: www.BestRestFamilies.com
  • Email: Ingrid@BestRestFamilies.com
  • Category: Education / Counseling
  • About: Sleep plays a vital role in our health and well-being, so when your child is having trouble falling asleep and is up multiple times in the night, it can impact everyone in the family. The goal of Best Rest Families, LLC. is to provide each family with the skills, confidence, and knowledge they need, to get the sleep they deserve. A personalized sleep plan is crafted for each family and each unique situation because each family has different goals and needs. Whether you are co-sleeping, roomsharing or your child is in their own room, we can find a strategy that will work for you.

Bird of Paradise Resort

  • Website: www.birdofparadiseresort.com
  • Email: sales@birdofparadiseresort.com
  • Phone: (310) 929-5123
  • Category: Women’s Clothing / Sustainable Fashion
  • About: Bird of Paradise Resort fashion is an example of genuine style in this fast-paced world because quality goes hand-in-hand with honesty and integrity. We promote sustainable designer fashion by conscientiously sourcing all materials and components. This practice goes into every design we create to minimize the impact on the precious, natural resources of our beautiful planet. With integrity and the future in mind, we use only eco-friendly materials sourced from traceable and fair-trade suppliers. We create modern, yet feminine, pieces that have longevity rather than fleeting fads that are disposed of after the trend ends. Bird of Paradise Resort gives women a chance to feel and look more beautiful–in harmony with their own self and the nature surrounding them.

Books First

Books of the World

  • Website: BooksWorld.biz
  • Email: BooksWorld64@gmail.com
  • Category: Retail / Used Books
  • About: Second-hand books from around the world. Everything from cheap popular novels to obscure academic texts. Collections include fiction, science fiction, mysteries and thrillers, cookbooks, children's books, area studies, history, political science, and more. Discounts available for multi-volume purchases.

Bridge of Gold, LLC

  • Email: blaney2000@yahoo.com
  • Category: Entertainment
  • About: Screenplay writing company for movies and television.

The Cambridge House Bed and Breakfast, LLC

  • Website: www.cambridgehousebandb.com
  • Email: info@cambridgehousebandb.com
  • Phone: (410) 221-7700
  • Address: 112 High Street, Cambridge, Maryland 21613
  • Category: Hospitality
  • About: Located in the historic district of Cambridge, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, this 1847 sea captain’s manor has six large guest rooms, uniquely decorated with period-style furnishings and each with its own private bath. After a restful night’s sleep, enjoy a delicious full breakfast overlooking the garden pond. We employ eco-friendly practices as diligently as possible, including energy and water conservation, recycling, composting, and buying local/organic. Cambridge House is conveniently located within walking distance of the water, shops, restaurants, galleries, and museums.

Career Valet

  • Website: www.careervalet.com
  • Email: myeager@careervalet.com
  • Social Media: www.linkedin.com/in/marcelleyeager
  • Category: Career Services
  • About: Career Valet serves mid- to senior-level job seekers by creating strong resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles that get you interviews you want and to the next level of your career. As part of each of these services and depending on your needs, we provide guidance and advice on your job search. Ninety-three percent of clients interview within several weeks of working with us. How are we different from other resume writing services? We ask customized questions specific to your background and jobs of interest (expired or current). We refine and develop your professional narrative throughout your new materials, emphasizing and translating the skills you've gained from your past toward what you want to do next. You will recall work you've forgotten about and be prepared for interviews. You can schedule a free, no obligation consultation with us to discuss your career goals further. You can do so here: calendly.com/careervalet/freeconsult.

Carolyn Connell Real Estate

  • Website: carolynconnell.com
  • Email: carolyn@carolynconnell.com
  • Phone: (703) 401-3062 / (703) 636-7300
  • Category: Real Estate
  • About: As a realtor in the Washington DC/Northern Virginia area for 25 years, I’ve had the honor of guiding hundreds of people through the often overwhelming process of buying and selling their homes. And, as a member of a foreign service family for 22 years, I have a deeply personal understanding of all of the elements of a move: the chaos of packing, the mixed emotions of moving to a new place, sadness of leaving friends and family behind, excitement about the adventure ahead. Everyone deserves to feel cared for and fully supported during this important transition, and I am grateful for the privilege of helping to guide my clients through the process. I believe that homes are more than structures; they are safe havens for a family's souls, their dreams, their cherished memories, future experiences and friends. I believe that true success is about building and nurturing long-term relationships. I stay in touch long after the sale is complete, advising and connecting them with resources they need to enjoy and improve their homes.I believe in the importance of creating a sense of community and fun, bringing people together through parties and events.

Chef Lowell

  • Website: www.cheflowell.com
  • Email: info@cheflowell.com
  • Phone: (404) 852-3413
  • Address: 3260 Main Street, College Park, GA 30337 (available to travel nationally and internationally for events)
  • Category: Catering and Meal Plans
  • About: Dining-in with Chef Lowell is designed to fit the needs of people with very active lifestyles. We are committed to assisting with easing demanding schedules by preparing and delivering balanced meals that everyone will enjoy. Dining-in with Chef Lowell provides an exclusive culinary experience by allowing you to save time on grocery shopping, cooking, and clean up. Additionally, aiming to recreate the feeling of family-style dinners, we are committed to serving up both beautiful and delicious meals for you and your guests at your special occasions. From our variety of pasta dishes to our hot seafood entrees, we have something for everyone and guarantee that you will love our masterpieces!

Creole & Cajun Cuisine

  • Website: www.creoleandcajun.com
  • Email: info@creoleandcajun.com
  • Phone: (337) 509-0515
  • Category: E-Commerce / Foods
  • About: Creole & Cajun Cuisine is your one-stop shop for all of your favorite Creole and Cajun food items that you may not be able to find at your local grocery store. This site is meant to serve not only those who love and miss Cajun food, but also those who have been wanting to try it out.

David Otalvaro Photography

  • Website: otalvarodavid.wixsite.com/mysite
  • Email: otalvarodavid@gmail.com
  • Category: Photography
  • About: David Otalvaro is a freelance photographer specializing in candid and portrait photography for families, individuals and groups. He can set up shoots indoors in a studio format, or outdoors, including weddings and parties. He also takes architectural and nature photos. He is available for contracts in the D.C. area. Please contact him at otalvarodavid@gmail.com, or through his website at otalvarodavid.wixsite.com/mysite, where you will also find examples of his recent work.

Done By Native, LLC

  • Website: www.donebynative.com
  • Email: info@donebynative.com
  • Phone: (571) 482-9277
  • Category: Education / Language Services / Translation
  • About: Done By Native is a language services provider. Our goal is to help people of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in learning the Arabic language and its associated cultures. We provide services to help acquire the skills necessary to operate in an Arabic speaking country. Our class structures and teaching methods are unique and cater to each students' specific needs, ensuring the best outcome. We proudly run and manage the Post Language Programs at the US Embassy in Amman, Jordan and the Post Language Program at the US Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

English for the Job, LLC

  • Website: www.englishforthejob.com
  • Email: maryanna@englishforthejob.com
  • Phone: (828) 743-8770
  • Address: 115 Dogwood Knob, Unit 9A (P.O. Box 223) Sapphire, NC 28774
  • Category: Education and Contractor
  • About: English for the Job, LLC is owned and operated by EFM, Maryanna Koehring. Maryanna Koehring has a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language with over 25 years of expertise in the field. From post language program development and implementation, curriculum design, business writing and customer service workshops, Maryanna Koehring travels to your post to help Locally-Employed Staff increase English language skills and overall work production. Her pride is in documented English language level increases among LE Staff that have translated into higher-level positions within the US Embassy. Contact her for a sample cost proposal.

Field Focus, LLC

  • Website: www.fieldfocusllc.com
  • Email: tracy.swift@fieldfocusllc.com
  • Phone: (202) 436-9623
  • Address: 6564 Loisdale Ct Ste 600-V, Springfield, VA 22150
  • Category: Consulting
  • About: Field Focus provides consulting services to USAID missions worldwide. A woman owned small business started by two EFMs and former USAID contracting officers, we have provided acquisition and assistance advice, support, and training to over 16 missions since 2014. We are experts in strategic planning, the USAID program cycle, HR best practices, proposal evaluation and cost analysis, and grants and contract administration and compliance.

Fierce After 45

  • Website: www.fierceafter45.com
  • Email: patricia@fierceafter45.com
  • Phone: (703) 655-0670
  • Category: Health and Wellness
  • About: Do you know intellectually what to do to improve your health, but you have trouble sticking to your plan? As a transformational health coach, I work with my clients to find enjoyable, sustainable ways to adopt healthier habits, lose weight if needed, reduce stress, and improve their overall well-being. Affordable packages include weekly virtual or in-person meetings, assessments, materials, and check-ins as desired. Free consultations.

Gemparcel Inc.

  • Website: www.facebook.com/Gemparcel.Inc / www.instagram.com/gemparcel
  • Phone: (714) 261-7480 / (540) 277-2053
  • Address: 23 E. Main Street (Upper Level), Berryville, VA 22611
  • Category: Jewelry and Watches
  • About: Gemparcel trades in premium quality colored stones and diamonds market. And also creates fine custom made jewelry. Authorized Seiko watch retailer and vintage watches.

Go Viajante Travel

  • Website: goviajantetravel.com
  • Email: yara.escobar1@gmail.com
  • Category: Travel Services
  • About: Flight and accommodation price comparison and booking site that allows you to compare flights and hotel prices and easily book within just a few clicks. We consolidate the largest booking websites in one place to ensure you find the best deals.

Handske

  • Website: www.handskegloves.com
  • Phone: (915) 356-6232
  • Category: Activities, Sports, Recreation, Sportswear
  • About: Ard Kessels is an EFM and the founder of Handske. Bid farewell to boring gloves- Handske is changing the game. Handske works with artists to make colorful, creative designs for gloves that are perfect for a cool day or freezing temperatures. Although Handske’s target market is the cycling community because of the grip, the gloves are perfect for driving, walking the dog or simply hanging out at the park. All purchases are consumer direct online at www.handskegloves.com.

Kogel

  • Website: www.kogel.cc
  • Phone: (915) 777-5666
  • Category: Activities, Sports, Recreation
  • About: Ard Kessels is an EFM and the founder of Kogel. Kogel offers high quality ceramic bearings, pulleys and derailleurs for road and mountain bikes. Kogel products are available in select bike retailers and can be purchased consumer direct online at www.kogel.cc.

Learning Specialists, LLC

  • Website: www.learningspecialists.org
  • Email: contact@barbarahong.com
  • Category: Education Consultant; Professor
  • About: We consult with parents and educators at all levels to understand how to work with students with disabilities, particularly in the area of reading, writing, handwriting, and spelling. We also coach students on critical life skills in developing self-awareness, self-advocacy, and self-regulation. Our mission is to help students learn to take charge of their own learning and direct their own lives in a productive and meaningful way.

Logbook Financial Planning

  • Website: www.logbookfp.com
  • Email: info@logbookfp.com
  • Phone: (888) 651-2317
  • Address: 68 Main Street, Rockport, ME 04856
  • Category: Financial Planning
  • About: Chris Cortese is a former Air Force and airline pilot and Foreign Service Officer and diplomat turned CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. Chris founded Logbook Financial Planning to be the HOME for public servants. Logbook serves the people who make our world a better place, make our communities stronger and those who want to give their lives more purpose. We call them the Defenders, the Dauntless & the Dreamers. Join us! We offer you a partnership that fits into your busy life through technology and convenient hours no matter where you are in the world.

Mozark Fishscapes, LLC

  • Website: www.mozarkfishscapes.com
  • Email: bookings@mozarkfishscapes.com
  • Phone: (870) 754-0820
  • Category: Leisure / Tourism / Outdoor Sports
  • About: Mozark Fishscapes LLC provides professional fishing guide services in southern Missouri and northwest Arkansas. Whether you are an avid fisherman/woman, or casting a line for the first time, we will ensure you have a memorable and exciting trip, complete with digital photos of your trophy catches! We provide all the equipment you need including rods, reels, lures, and life jackets and use state of the art Lowrance equipment to get you "on fish" as soon as possible. Your fishing trip also includes light snacks and soft drinks. Trips are four, six, or eight hours and depart from the boat dock of your choosing.

Muse Vineyards

  • Website: www.musevineyards.com
  • Email: sally@musevineyards.com
  • Phone: (540) 459-7033
  • Address: 16 Serendipity Lane, Woodstock, VA 22664
  • Category: Farm Winery
  • About: Muse Vineyards is a domain vineyard, winery, and tasting room owned by former Ambassador Sally Grooms Cowal and her husband Robert Muse. Located 80 miles from the Capital Beltway we are open to the public from Thursday-Monday (check website for hours) and by appointment. Our wines are nationally and internationally recognized and include French and Italian varietals planted on 32 acres of vineyard. A wine club provides special events, first opportunity to provide new releases, and free tastings for members and guests. We ship wine to 36 states. Please come out and pay us a visit. Dogs and children are welcome.

Odlum Global Strategies

  • Website: odlumglobal.com
  • Email: geoff@Odlumglobal.com
  • Phone: (703) 395-9657
  • Category: National security and technology policy consultancy
  • About: Odlum Global Strategies (OGS) was established in January 2018 by Geoffrey Odlum, a recently retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer with 28 years experience in national security and international affairs. OGS welcomes clients from government, industry, and the non-profit and NGO sectors. We offer creative problem-solving strategies; global network-building assistance; and carefully-researched geopolitical analysis and political risk investment advice. We apply extensive diplomatic, policy, and national security expertise to help governments, foundations, companies and non-profits build global partnerships and solve hard global challenges. With both U.S. and European nationals on staff we offer worldwide availability and access.

Satori Sounds

  • Website: www.satorisounds.net
  • Email: info@satorisounds.net
  • Phone: (305) 389-9399
  • Address: 12355 NE 13th Ave Ste. 205, North Miami FL, 33161
  • Category: Audio Visual / Live Music
  • About: Satori Sounds and Events specializes in audio/visual, live music performance and event production for corporate and social events of all sizes. Based in Miami, all the members of our uniquely qualified team pride themselves on the delivery of exceptional on-site audio and visual content for audiences of any size. With the team’s background in the science of sound, event and production planning, years of performance, and studio knowledge comes versatility to craft the highest quality event, media, and audio visual experiences.

Smart Money Management-VA, LLC

  • Website: www.smartmoneymgt-va.com
  • Email: valerie@smartmoneymgt-va.com
  • Phone: (703) 609-1717
  • Category: Financial / Counseling
  • About: I am a Daily Money Manager (DMM) and Certified Senior Advisor (CSA). I work with seniors in their homes or communities who need assistance with bill paying, organization, insurance claims processing, and organization of tax documents. I liaise with them and their families (who may be overseas or living in other parts of the United States) as well as their legal, tax, and investment professionals. I can be your eyes and ears with your parents when you can’t be there. Please visit my web page to find out more about me and www.AADMM.com to find out more about my profession and to find a DMM near your parents or anyone you believe could use this type of assistance.

Starr Opinion Research

  • Website: starr-research.com
  • Email: jstarr@starr-research.com
  • Category: Strategic Consulting, Measurement and Evaluation, Quantitative and Qualitative Research
  • About: Joshua Starr is a strategist and communications specialist with expertise in opinion research. He has counseled political campaigns, national not-for-profits, and corporations since 1994. Starr Opinion Research guides organizations through marketing, communications, and public affairs challenges. We conduct primary research (typically surveys and focus groups) to assess critical elements necessary to create a plan of action – often to influence awareness, knowledge and behaviors. We also provide critical measurement and evaluation of programs.

Still Waters Global, LLC

  • Website: www.stillwatersglobal.org
  • Email: info@stillwatersglobal.org
  • Phone: (828) 747-3158
  • Address: 103 Black Mountain Avenue, Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • Category: Organizational Consulting / Behavioral Health Care Consultation
  • About: Staff care consultation for NGOs and governmental organizations. Clinical work managed through partner Still Waters Clinical PLLC which offers short term clinical consultation for non-emergency concerns regarding behavioral health. Motto: "Behavioral health care for global workers." Medical consultation limited to residents of Virginia and North Carolina. Owner: Samuel Thielman, M.D., Ph.D., retired RMO/P.

Thomas M. Farley, LLC

  • Website: www.BHHSFloridaRealty.com
  • Email: TomFarley@BHHSFloridaRealty.net
  • Address: 24880 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 1, Bonita Springs, FL 34134
  • Category: Real Estate
  • About: FLORIDA’S PARADISE COAST—Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero. Excellent amenities, activities, cultural events in beautiful Southwest Florida. Outstanding home values. Thomas M. Farley, LLC. Retired SFS. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty.

Virginia Okinawan Karate Dojo

  • Website: www.virginiadojo.com
  • Email: Virginiadojo@gmail.com
  • Phone: (703) 310-9596
  • Address: 6416 Grovedale Dr. #302-B, Alexandria, VA 22310
  • Category: Martial Arts Education
  • About: Traditional Okinawan Self Defense Karate to be safe, get fit and improve self-control. Whether a man or woman you master natural body movements for proven effective self defense. Study “Kakushite” the hidden hand techniques found in the martial arts yet seldom taught. Classes taught by an 8th Degree Karate Master with over 35 years teaching experience. Military, family and FSO discounts available.

Windecker Financial Planning, LLC

  • Website: www.WindeckerFP.pro
  • Email: gwindecker@WindeckerFP.Pro
  • Phone: (571) 310-3520
  • Address: PO Box 3325, Merrifield, VA 22116
  • Category: Financial Planning and Investment Advice
  • About: Windecker Financial Planning LLC offers financial planning and investment advisory services that are independent, fiduciary-based, and fee-only. We are not associated or affiliated with any other organization. We operate as an independent investment advisor. We serve only you, our clients, recommending actions to you that we judge are in your best interest. We must disclose to you any conflicts of interest. We are compensated solely by the fees you pay to us. We do not earn commissions, nor do we sell any financial or insurance products. We advise on a range of concerns – cashflow and budgeting, planning for retirement, saving for college education, insurance coverage, home financing, advice on investments, and estate and tax planning.