Monthly Archives: November 2008

Leading Washington DC-based US Passport and Visa Expediter Opens New Office in Chicago

A Briggs US Passport and Visa Expediters

A Briggs Passport and Visa Expeditors has opened a new office in Chicago, Illinois, to serve the demand of international travelers Needing assistance securing expedited passports and visas in the Chicago Land Metro region. A Briggs has offices in Washington DC, where A Briggs is headquartered, Boston, Charlotte NC, Cincinnati, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle. A Briggs works directly with the U.S. Department of State and designated local Passport Agencies, foreign embassies and consulates to secure United States (US) passports and travel visas as quickly as six hours.

The company’s commitment to customer service was lauded twice in the last year in two blind tests conducted by the Wall Street Journal and Travel and Leisure magazine. Both selected A Briggs #1 in their annual survey of passport and visa expeditors. The widely respected calls A Briggs the “Nation’s Top Visa Specialists, handling many members of Washington DC’s diplomatic community.” A Briggs is the only designated passport and visa provider of the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), that clears over $80 billion in airline ticket sales annually.

” Even with the economic slowdown, we are experiencing record demand for our expediting services in the Chicago market and that drove our decision to open a dedicated visa and passport service facility in downtown Chicago” said Porter Briggs, President of A Briggs. “Our corporate, educational and health care customers are still traveling and using our services. The tourist demand, while down generally, is still strong on the high end, especially with all the discounted specials being offered by popular destinations. Also, beginning June 2009, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) will require everyone to have a passport book or card or one of new enhanced drivers licenses to enter or leave the country, and that has accelerated the demand. ”

The new Chicago Passport and Visa Expediter A Briggs Chicago office is conveniently located in Chicago’s south loop at 28 E. Jackson Blvd, near foreign consulate offices and the Chicago Passport Agency. The director of the office is Chicago native, John Marquez. Marquez served in combat on a tank crew in the 24th Infantry Division in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. For assistance obtaining a new or replacement passport or a travel visa in Chicago, Mr.. Marquez can be reached at 312-372-2337 or by personal visit.

Chicago-area passports or visa orders can also be processed securely online through the A Briggs passport and visa expeditor website, at


Maryland Businesses Celebrate Maryland’s 375th Birthday – St. Mary’s County

2009 will be an exciting year for Maryland, and in particular, Southern Maryland Businesses in Calvert and St. Mary’s County taking part in the Celebrate 375 Maryland events.

As noted by the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce, “Over this past year, the tourism and hospitality industry, working with the St. Mary’s County Division of Tourism and with assistance from the Chamber, developed the Celebrate 375 marketing campaign. The increasingly challenging economic outlook for 2009 makes this marketing effort critical for area businesses.”

We’re looking forward to helping “spread the word” about the fantastic businesses and business opportunities in Southern Maryland, including the PAX River Naval Air Station areas, regional business powerhouses such as Cherry Cove Hospitality, and other great members of the St. Mary’s Chamber of Commerce.

For help with Southern Maryland Internet Marketing campaigns celebrating 375 years of Maryland’s history, contact KME Internet Marketing – with Washington DC metropolitan regional offices in Loudoun County, VA and St. Mary’s County, MD.

2008 Loudoun Small Businesses of the Year – By Loudoun’s Chamber of Commerce

The Loudoun Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners in its 2008 Small Business of the Year awards. Representatives include “Go Bananas” as the overall winner, and individual category winners including “Modern Mom Media Corporation” for their Loudoun and Northern Virginia Social Multi-Media women and moms lifestyle publications and events.

Read more at Loudoun’s Business Blog, Gateway to Loudoun County