Business Notes

Business Notes

<lst>Send your organization's announcement to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is two weeks before publication. Photos/artwork encouraged. Questions? Call Michael O'Connell at 703-917-6449.

A new transportation facility funded in part by Loudoun County is now open in Purcellville.

The Virginia Regional Transportation Association hosted a dedication ceremony March 25 for the Multi Modal Transportation, Training, Maintenance and Administration facility.

The facility will serve as headquarters for the association, which operates the public transportation systems in many counties in northwest Virginia, including the Loudoun Transit bus service. Plans call for the facility to become a regional center for transit-related training and a center for maintenance for the smaller body-on-chassis type buses used by many agencies and rural transit providers in Virginia. The site also will be a Greyhound agency with ticketing facilities for passengers.

The building includes 14,000 square feet of bus maintenance and indoor storage and 8,000 square feet of administrative, meeting and training space.

The $3 million project was funded with federal, state and local dollars, including $144,000 from Loudoun County.

"Grow Your Client Base: Create a Winning Sales Strategy" is the topic of a seminar sponsored by the Loudoun County Small Business Development Center in Sterling. The seminar will take place Wednesday, April 24 at the Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling. The program will run from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Call the Center at 703 430-7222 or e-mail to register and obtain additional information.

An investment course will be offered at the Ashburn branch office of Edward Jones, Inc. The course will teach how to set financial and investment goals, diversify portfolios and how to handle a "down market". Classes are scheduled for April 15, 22 and 29 from 6:30-8 p.m. and cost $15. Call 703-723-0510 for reservations and information.

Douglas Harvey, a sales associate from Weichert, Realtors' Dulles Office has been named to the President's Club. Members of this club achieved over $3.5 million in sales, listings and listings sold or closed on 24 transactions.

Matrix Massage LLC is opening its new office at 46950 Jennings Farm Drive, Suite 100, in Sterling. Matrix offers a variety of holistic health services. For more information, call 703-421-3770 or visit

The Loudoun County Small Business Development Center will be sponsoring the seminar "Start Your Business" on Thursday, April 25 at the Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Caroline Mansi, a small business specialist, will lead participants through the essential steps for starting a successful small business. Terry Corle, a marketing and insurance specialist, will give 21 marketing tips and discuss what types of insurance are needed for small businesses. Highlights of the seminar will include: taxes, licensing, and zoning, accounting and record keeping, business plan development, sources of financing, marketing, and insurance. An open discussion period will follow the presentation to address specific questions. The program will run from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Call the Center at 703 430-7222 or e-mail at to register and obtain additional information.

The Country Inn & Suites By Carlson located in Sterling at Washington Dulles International Airport received the 2001 Country Inns & Suites By Carlson Presidential Award. The Award is presented to the property that has displayed outstanding sales and marketing efforts, distinguished itself with a high level of commitment to guest service, supported the Country Inns & Suites brand and has had exceptional financial success.

GAM Printers, Inc., of Sterling received special recognition for outstanding contributions to Loudoun County Public Schools as a participant in the 2002 Loudoun School-Business Partnerships program. GAM Printers was honored at a March 8 breakfast program at Landsdown Resort and Conference center for contributing printing services to several county schools.

A Professional Administrative Luncheon will take place Wednesday, April 24 at the Holiday Inn Historic Carradoc Hall in Leesburg. Display space is still available. To reserve a space or to learn more about the event, contact Tina Johnson, Johnson Promotions & Events at 703-777-8577.

TUCON Construction Corporation of Dulles, Virginia hired Chuck Guntner to be the vice president of project management in charge of base building construction. Scott Williams will continue to oversee all tenant/services construction as vice president of project management. In addition, TUCON announced the following new hires: Dave Foley, senior project manager; Pete Courtemanche, director of safety; Eric Amacher, project manager; Mike Allwine, superintendent; and Mike Martin, superintendent.

Loudoun County Employee Health, Fitness and Benefits Day is seeking local businesses and non-profit organizations that can contribute educational items and services such as free health screenings, health and fitness-related products, and interactive activities for more than 2,000 employees. The event will take place on May 10 at the Loudoun County Government Center in Leesburg from 11 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. For-profit businesses pay a $25 vendor fee that will go towards a prize purchased for the event. Businesses can also contribute a prize or service for a raffle item. Non-profit organizations should include their 501-C number in order to have fee waived. Proposal deadline: March 29. Confirmations will be mailed April 5. For more information or to receive an application contact Susan Piawlock 703-777-0563, Lara Hughs 703-771-5386 or Kim Nguyen 703-777-0299.

The Loudoun County Purchasing Staff is hosting three Buyer/Seller Information Exchange Sessions. The sessions will take place April 10 at 3 p.m.; May 16 at 10 a.m.; and July 17 at 3 p.m. at the Lovettsville Room on the first floor of the County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E., in Leesburg. The purpose of these sessions is to give area businesses the opportunity to meet the County's Purchasing staff and become familiar with the County's procurement process. These informal sessions will be open to all vendors to discuss the County's processes, upcoming contracts and any vendor questions or concerns. To reserve a seat, call 703-777-0403 or send an e-mail to

The organizers of the Third Annual Loudoun MADD Great American Picnic seek corporate sponsors and businesses to participate in the community event. Booth space is available for businesses, crafters and vendors for $30 and is free for non profits and government agencies. The picnic takes place on Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ida Lee in Leesburg. For more information about obtaining a booth, leave a message on the MADD voice mail line at 703-771-8127, e-mail to or visit

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is offering free seminars for people who are interested in a career in real estate. Experienced sales associates are also welcome to attend. The seminars will familiarize the current or potential real estate licensee with information about the residential real estate profession and the opportunities available through Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. The seminars take place every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. at 46859 Harry Byrd Highway #200, Sterling. Call 703-404-1000 for registration.

Kim Lysik Di Santi, a performance coach and president of Total Strategy, a full service coaching, behavioral assessments and sales training firm, will host the April 12 Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase Breakfast. The breakfast will be at the Holiday Inn at Historic Carradoc Hall on 1500 East market Street in Leesburg. The breakfast will also feature Jodee Driggs of Welcome to Loudoun! and Mike Stoll of the All Star Agency. The breakfast will take place from 7:30 -9 a.m.