Business Notes

Business Notes

Aug. 14, 2002

<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. Telework Centers Open House. Aug. 16 and Sept. 20, 2002, 12-4 p.m. 100 Carpenter Drive, suite 103, Sterling. For further information call 703-367-4636 or

The Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) Program is being administered through the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP). The VALET Program is an opportunity for businesses that have firmly established domestic operations and who are committed to international export as an expansion strategy. The program offers a combination of capital resources from the state and professional services from private-sector partners to enhance the international efforts of up to 15 companies per year. Candidates must meet the following minimum requirements: 20 employees; established three years, U.S. $2 million in annual sales, U.S. $20,000 commitment toward export trade; and completed international market research. Businesses who qualify and wish to learn more can contact Pam Treadwell, Loudoun County Department of Economic Development 703-777-0247 or Matt Duys, VEDP 703-506-1030.

Free program on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m. for individuals likely to find themselves caring for a parent or spouse. Guests will learn how to keep care costs from eating away their loved one's assets as well as the advantages of planning now instead of later. Edward Jones experts will also explore the potential personal and financial impact of being a caregiver. Web site: For more information on the program or to reserve a seat, contact David Weimer at 703-723-0510. Additional viewing opportunities are available.

Kelly M. Gower, Leesburg resident and business owner, has been named Rookie of the Year by Valley Financial Group, Inc. of Huntingdon Valley, Penn. Gower became licensed in securities with Jefferson Pilot Securities Corporation last summer. She is also licensed in life and health insurance in Virginia, West Virginia, and Michigan. She is the CEO of Cameo Financial Network in Leesburg, providing the full spectrum of financial services-investments, insurance and financial tools.

The Loudoun County Small Business Development Center has successfully completed its annual fund-raising drive, Champion's Club. Champion's Club is a partnership between the SBDC and the private sector to ensure that the center can provide the full range of free-of-charge services (one-on-one counseling, training workshops, seminars and business resources) demanded by Loudoun County's growing small business community and startup entrepreneurs. Champion's Club members for the 2001-2002 season are: Community Bank; Metropolitan Title Insurance; First Virginia Bank; NOVEC; Middleburg Bank; Troxell, Kincaid, & Mullen, PLC; Bank of America; Westport Corp.; Cardinal Bank; Millwork Division; Expedited World Cargo; Ashburn Village Animal Hospital; Browning Equipment, Inc; Images by Jan; Flooring Solutions, Inc.; Innovative Protection Solutions; G & M Homes, LLC; Robia Fields; KENROB and Associates, Inc. For more details about Champion's Club, contact the center at 703-430-7222 or e-mail

Dr. Dennis R. Cantwell, O.D., F.C.O.V.D., is a Behavioral Optometrist with an office in Ashburn who treats children with vision-related learning disorders. For more information, call 703-941-3937.