Send announcements to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to 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.

The Loudoun Women Business Forum is Oct. 6, noon,

ZeffirelliÕs Restaurant, Leesburg. Amy Brandts will speak on

"Taking the Fear Out of Investing." Cost $15, includes

lunch. Call 703-728-8900.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Leesburg Downtown Business Association is adopting a "Paint the Town Pink" theme for the month of October. This community project is being initiated through the LDBA in order to raise public awareness of the plight of breast cancer.

Businesses of downtown Leesburg will be dressing up their shops in the breast-cancer awareness "pink" theme, helping to distribute brochures about breast cancer from the American Cancer Society, and running their own "Paint the Town Pink" promotions. Visitors to downtown Leesburg should look for the "Paint the Town Pink" ceramic pumpkins on display in participating businesses throughout October, along with the pink pumpkin LDBA float in the annual Leesburg Halloween Parade. This promotion is designed to raise public awareness for breast cancer and is not collectively a fund-raiser. However, many shops are considering a fund raising aspect to their individual promotions.

For more information and to participate, call Paige Buscema, president of LDBA and owner of the Eyetopia shop, at 703-443-6410 or Marilyn Helms-White, event chairperson and owner of the etceteras shop, at 703-777-0024.

Goodwill of Greater Washington will open the doors of its third new retail store this year in mid-October. The store will be located at the Sterling Plaza II Shopping Center, 22104 Enterprise St., Sterling. A donation site attached to the store is already open and accepting donations.

The retail store will sell quality new and donated clothing, books, electronics, furniture and household goods at inexpensive prices. All sales from GoodwillÕs retail stores fund its mission of providing job training and placement services for people with disadvantages and disabilities.

The opening of the new Sterling store will give Goodwill a total of nine retail stores in the greater Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area and its first store in Loudoun County.

Moore Cadillac Hummer has opened a new Dulles location on Route 50 just west of Route 28, which includes a planned test track and state-of-the-art video delivery system.

Buchanan Partners of Gaithersburg, Md., has sold its Lakeside @ Loudoun Tech Class A office complex in eastern Loudoun County to New York-based Tishman Speyer for $88.5 million, $290 per square foot.

Located on Route 7 in Sterling, Lakeside comprises three four-story buildings fronting on a 9-acre lake, which is surrounded by a landscaped, brick promenade and accented by an original granite sculptural fountain by Jesus Bautista Moroles. The project has won awards from the Northern Virginia chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and the Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors.

Verisign, which registers Internet domain names, occupies over half the space in the complex. Other tenants include Cigital Inc., Loudoun Executive Concepts, Washington Radiology Associates, and Alpha Corporation.

LLP Designs, based in Ashburn, has recently started a home-based scrapbook business designed for people who want to help preserve their photos and memories for future generations.

The Leesburg Downtown Business Association (LDBA) awarded three local businesses with Streetscape Awards during its final quarterly meeting of the year. Norris House Inn, The Left Bank, and Leesburg Bookstore were recognized for their efforts to keep the downtown streetscape clean and inviting. All three businesses were recognized for their outstanding flowering pots, window boxes, clean business fronts and well-manicured green spaces. It is the hope of the LDBA that these businesses will serve as a strong example to the rest of the business community for the importance of the overall presentation of any business.

The Hispanic Business Committee of the Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce has launched what it calls a Òstrategic partnershipÓ with the Loudoun Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a nonprofit organization that has been aiding small businesses since 1987.

SBDC programs and workshop cover marketing and sales development strategies, exploration of business opportunities, financial management, licenses and taxes, regulations and policies, and employment procedures. To make these services more readily available to Hispanic business owners, the Chamber of CommerceÕs Hispanic Committee and SBDC are working together to develop complimentary Spanish language versions of several of these important seminars.

Contact the Loudoun SBDC at 703-430-7222, or visit the Web site at or contact Ellen Kaminsky, Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce membership director via or call 571-323-5302.

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.

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

* LeadShare Luncheon, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005, 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Guest speaker: Dan Williams, founder and CEO. The Networking Community. River Creek Country Club, 43800 Olympic Blvd., Leesburg. Tickets $25 per person for chamber members, in advance, $30 per person for chamber members and nonmembers, at the door. Free for current LeadShare members, who must preregister. Lunch is included in the price. RSVP to

* Business Showcase Breakfast, Thursday, Oct. 13, 7:30-9 a.m. Belmont Country Club, 19961 Belmont Manor Lane, Ashburn. Cost: $15 for members in advance; $20 for members at the door; $25 for nonmembers with preregistration is required for nonmembers. RSVP to or call 703-777-2176.

* Loudoun Expo Trade Show, Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at the Dulles Town Center. Annual business-to-consumer trade show attracts more than 20,000 attendees. Dulles Town Center, 21000 Dulles Town Circle, Dulles. Contact Roxane Remley at 703-777-2176, Ext. 25 or e-mail

* After Hours Business Mixer, Thursday, Oct. 20, 5:30-7 p.m. Corporate America Family Credit Union, 45240 Business Court, No. 160, Sterling. Cost: $5 chamber members, $10 nonmembers. RSVP to or call 703-777-2176.

* Candidates Forum, Friday, Oct. 21, 8:00-10 a.m. Candidates for state office in Loudoun County share their positions on top issues impacting business, including transportation funding, business taxation and exemptions, education, health care, technology, work force integration, research and development. Embassy Suites Dulles, 44610 Waxpool Road, Dulles. Tickets start at $30. RSVP to

* Lunch and Learn, Monday, Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Guest speaker will be Larry Rosenstrauch, director of the Loudoun Economic Development Council. Magnolia's at the Mill, 198 North 21st St., Purcellville. Tickets: $15 members; $20 nonmembers. RSVP to

* Technology 2008, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7:30-11 a.m. Featuring demonstrations of the latest technology for small business, now and what to expect in 2008. Guest speaker Steve Bass of PC World Magazine. River Creek Country Club, 43800 Olympic Blvd., Leesburg. Breakfast served; door prizes awarded. Free to chamber members; nonmembers $20. RSVP to

* 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 and complete a nomination form or fax a form to Roxane Remley at 703-777-1392. All nominations are due by 5 p.m., Sept. 30.

* 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 and complete a registration form.

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:

* Thursday, Oct. 20, 2 p.m.

* 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