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Christopher Consultants, a multi-disciplined engineering, surveying, land planning and landscape architecture firm, founded in 1982, and with offices in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Va., and Columbia, Md. announced the addition of John Householder, P.E. as project manager in the Columbia, Maryland office. Householder is a 1994 graduate of John’s Hopkins University with a BS in Civil Engineering and has over nine years of experience with civil engineering in Maryland.

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with local public safety agencies, will host the 2004 Valor Awards on Wednesday, March 31 at Lansdowne Resort from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. This event honors public safety officials, volunteers, and citizens for acts above and beyond the call of duty. In addition to their Medal of Valor for acts performed during 2002/2003, each award recipient will be presented with an American flag in honor of those heroes lost on Sept. 11. Awards to be presented this year include: Silver Medal of Valor - recognition of acts involving significant personal risk and bravery beyond that which is expected during the performance of duty; Bronze Medal of Valor - recognition of acts involving personal risk and demonstrating unusual judgment, zeal and/or ingenuity during an emergency situation, when such action is beyond that normally expected in the performance of duty; Lifesaving Award - recognition of actions under emergency circumstances which directly results in the saving of a human life; Meritorious Action Award - recognition of individuals for exemplary action, placing themselves in a situation of personal risk; Unit Citation - recognition of acts by a unit/division/company demonstrating unusual judgment, ingenuity and/or personal risk and bravery during an emergency situation, when such action is beyond that normally expected in the performance of duty.

A "Start Your Business" seminar will be held on Monday, March 29 at the Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Keith Troxell, a local tax attorney, will lead participants through the 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, 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 6-8:30 p.m. It is free of charge, but pre-registration is required. Call the Center at 703-430-7222 or email sbdc@loudounsbdc.org to register and obtain additional information.

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce will host its 27th annual silent and live auction at the National Conference Center, Lansdowne (formerly known as the Xerox Document University). The theme of this year's auction is "Night at the Silver Screen." The event will feature music, dancing, a casino and food from local restaurants. Tickets are available in advance for $25 per person. The Chamber is seeking auction donations and sponsors. Seven different sponsorship levels from $150 to $1,500 are available for this year's auction. Depending on the sponsorship level, benefits could include company recognition in promotional collateral, complimentary tickets to the auction, full-page advertisement in the event program and a table reserved in the company's name. Donations for the auction are being requested for a minimum of $100. The Loudoun Chamber's annual auction is one of the Chamber's largest fund-raising events. This event is open to the general public as well as to Chamber members. Proceeds from the event are used to support the Chamber's business outreach and member activities. For more information on the auction, call the Chamber at 703-777-2176 or visit the Chamber web site at www.loudounchamber.org.

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly networking Business Showcase Breakfast on Thursday, April 8 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Belmont Country Club in Ashburn. This monthly networking event averages between 100-150 attendees. The cost is $15 for pre-paid members, $18 members at the door. $20 for non-members with pre-registration required. A full buffet breakfast is included in the cost. Register online at www.loudounchamber.org or call Stephanie Norton at the Chamber office, 703-777-2176 ext 25.