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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.