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Send announcements to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454. This free listing is reserved for activities and events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost.

Loudoun Women Business Forum, Nov. 3, noon, at Zeffirelli's Restaurant, Leesburg. Speaker is Tamera Davidson discussing "Running a Household and Business-A Local Business Women's Perspective on Doing it All." $15, includes lunch. Call 703-728-8900.

The Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce announces it is seeking nominations for business awards in several categories. This is an opportunity for every business in the greater Dulles area to consider nominating a fellow business or oneÕs own for recognition at the chamberÕs annual Awards Gala, which is scheduled for Sat. night, Feb. 4, at the Dulles Hilton.

Last yearÕs winners were New Business: The Chocolate Chick; Small Office/Home Office: Meals By Day; Mid-Sized Business: HRI Associates; Large Business: Inova Fair Oaks Hospital; and Business Citizens: Gary and Tiffany Blackden (For Health and Balance).

To obtain a nomination form, visit www.herndondulleschamber.org, Events page or call 571-323-5300. The deadline for returning applications is Friday, Nov. 18.

Send your nominations to Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 327, Herndon, VA 20172; or fax them to 703-787-8859.

Kelly Insurance Agency Inc. has joined United Benefit Advisors (UBA), an alliance of the independent benefit advisory firms. UBA is one of the nation's largest privately-held employee benefits advisory organizations with more than 1,600 experienced benefits professionals located in 150 offices throughout the country.

Celebrating its 38th anniversary in 2005, Kelly Insurance Agency Inc., headquartered in Leesburg, VA., employs more than 25 insurance professionals; and provides an array of insurance services.

Whitestone Farm, Aldie, ranked as second largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in Virginia having recorded 337 head of Angus with the American Angus Association during fiscal year 2005, which ended Sept. 30, according to John Crouch, executive vice president of the American Angus Association.

Angus breeders across the nation in 2005 registered 324,266 head of Angus cattle compared to 298,770 in fiscal 2004.

Dr. Thomas P. Finley announces the opening of his new optometry office in Ashburn and the arrival of his new optometry associate, Dr. Paul T. Colbourne. Finley's Family Eyecare-Ashburn is located at 21785 Filigree Court, Suite 206 in the Professional Center.

Services offered include comprehensive eye examinations for adults and children, contact lens fittings and follow-up care for new and existing contact lens wearers, computer vision examinations, vision therapy and sports vision consultations, treatment of eye emergencies and infections, and laser vision consultations.

Colbourne will serve as the principal eye doctor overseeing most operations in the practice. Colbourne is originally from the town of High Wycombe in England. He received his bachelor of science degree in integrated studies from George Mason University and his doctorate of optometry degree from The Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He is married to Dr. Shannon Colbourne, also an optometrist.

Finley and Colbourne have worked together on and off for more than eight years. Both are members of the American Optometric Association, Virginia Optometric Association, and Northern Virginia Optometric Society. Finley will continue to work primarily in his Herndon office, which he has owned and operated since 1989.

Tucon Construction Corporation of Dulles has named Paul Taylor president and Chris Jenkins vice president.

Taylor, who previously served as Tucon's senior vice president, has 25 years of experience in commercial construction. His experience covers all phases of construction management, including conceptual estimating, bidding, client and subcontractor relations and project close outs. He acquired his B.S. degree in architectural engineering from the University of Texas in 1985.

Jenkins has been employed with Tucon since 1998 and has 26 years of experience in the construction industry. A lifelong resident of Loudoun County, Jenkins resides with his family on a homestead near Purcellville, where they are active in 4-H and other local activities.

UNO Communications announces Brigitta S. Touru–o, president, was appointed to the Loudoun County Community Services Board by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. She will serve a three-year term that expires June 30, 2008.

Reston Limousine announces as its new general manager, Jeff Morris and Kai Hebron, the new operations manager.

Morris has been in the transportation industry more than 20 years. Hebron has enjoyed a career in the meeting planning industry, most recently with USA Hosts. Hebron was hired by the last Presidential Inauguration Committee to handle all its transportation needs during Inauguration week. Reston Limousine is now based in its new 20,000-square-foot facility in Sterling.

Local area vendors are invited to the 2005 Loudoun County

Procurement's Buyer/Seller Information Exchange sessions. The purpose of these informal sessions is to give area businesses the opportunity to meet the county's procurement staff and become familiar with the county's procurement process. The next round of sessions are as follows:

* Friday, Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m.

* Thursday, Dec. 22, 2 p.m.

The sessions will be held in the Lovettsville Room on the first floor of the County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E., in Leesburg. Call 703-771-5142 or send an e-mail to sfields@loudoun.gov.

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce has the following upcoming events:

* Business Showcase Breakfast, Thursday, Nov. 10, 7:30-9 a.m., at Belmont Country Club, 19961 Belmont Manor Lane, Ashburn. Tickets $15 for members in advance, $20 for members at the door; $25 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required no later than Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 5 p.m. RSVP to skeus@loudounchamber.org or call 703-777-2176.

* Small Business Awards Dinner, Monday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m., Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodridge Parkway, Lansdowne. Call for nominations, visit the Chamber Web site at www.loudounchamber.org and complete a nomination form or fax a form to Roxane Remley at 703-777-1392.

* After Hours Business Mixer, Thursday, Nov. 17, 5:30-7 p.m. The winner of the 2005 Bankers Cup will also be announced. Oatlands Plantation, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg. Tickets $5 chamber members, $10 nonmembers. RSVP to skeus@loudounchamber.org or call 703-777-2176.

* Holiday Celebration, Thursday, Dec. 1, 5:30-10 p.m. Shop Loudoun will feature an array of Loudoun business presenting their wares for a shop and carry experience. National Conference Center, 18980 Upper Belmont Pace, Lansdowne. Interested vendors, visit www.loudounchamber.org.