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Send announcements, which are open to the public at no or minimal cost, 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 Matthew Razak at 703-917-6457. For additional listings, visit www.connectionnewspapers.com.

Beginning Dec. 1, and continuing throughout the holiday season, five Northern Virginia Moe’s Southwestern Grill locations will serve as drop sites and collection points for Any Soldier Inc., which sends items to military personnel overseas. Individuals wishing to participate can bring loose items into Moe’s where community teams will assemble to create care packages. Moe’s will cover the cost of all supplies plus shipping costs for distribution to service members in war zones. A complete list of rules and recommended items are found online at www.welcome2moes.net.

Kinderdance will be offering free demonstrations at WOW! Work Out World, 21690 Red Rum Drive, Ashburn, Saturday, Dec. 16. T-shirt raffles and tours available. Call 703-728-7862 or e-mail KDofLoudoun@aol.com to register.

The next Loudoun County Procurement's Buyer/Seller Information Exchange is Monday, Dec. 18, 10:30 a.m., in the Lovettsville Room on the first floor of the County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E., in Leesburg. The purpose of the informal session is to give area businesses the opportunity to meet the county's procurement staff and become familiar with the county's procurement process. Call 703-771-5142 or send an e-mail to sfields@loudoun.gov.

Diamonds & Rust Enterprises Inc., 39333 John Mosby Highway, Aldie, will offer free jewelry appraisals Thursday evenings, through Dec. 21, from 6-8 p.m. D&R is also collecting women's toiletries and turkeys for the Loudoun Emergency Homeless Shelter and the Loudoun Transitional Housing Shelter.

The UPS Store, 44050 Ashburn Shopping Plaza, has teamed up with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Through Dec. 23, customers will have the opportunity to purchase Toys for Tots donation cards for $1 each, benefiting the campaign in communities where the funds are raised.

AH&T Insurance, with offices in Leesburg, was named to Insurance Journal’s third annual Top 100 Property Casualty Independent Agencies List. Rankings were based on 2005 property and casualty premium volume and data was collected by Insurance Journal, a widely-read national property and casualty publication for independent insurance agents and brokers.

The small businesses in Loudoun County were honored by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce at the 2006 Small Business Awards.

The winners are: Great Country Farms, Agricultural and Equine Business of the Year; On the Go 4 U, Home-based Business of the Year; Endless Summer Harvest, Product of the Year; Total Basket Cases, Retail Business of the Year; Amenity Day Spa, Service Business of the Year; ATI Solutions, Technology Business of the Year; Station Auto Wash, Entrepreneur of the Year; and Charron Consulting, Small Business of the Year.

The National Conference Center in Lansdowne has received the Gold Key Award for 2006 from Meetings & Conventions magazine. Celebrating its 29th year, the annual award recognizes the world’s finest meeting properties.

Butler Consulting Group Inc., which specializes in accounting and tax needs of small businesses, has relocated to the Lansdowne Executive Center, 19440 Golf Vista Plaza, in Leesburg.

The next Loudoun County Procurement's Buyer/Seller Information Exchange is Friday, Jan. 19, 2 p.m., in the Lovettsville Room on the first floor of the County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E., in Leesburg. The purpose of the informal session is to give area businesses the opportunity to meet the county's procurement staff and become familiar with the county's procurement process. Call 703-771-5142 or send an e-mail to sfields@loudoun.gov.

The next Loudoun County Procurement's Buyer/Seller Information Exchange is Monday, Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m., in the Lovettsville Room on the first floor of the County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E., in Leesburg. The purpose of the informal session is to give area businesses the opportunity to meet the county's procurement staff and become familiar with the county's procurement process. Call 703-771-5142 or send an e-mail to sfields@loudoun.gov.

Blue Ridge Meats of Sterling donated 2,000 pounds of deer meat to the LINK Thanksgiving Program on Nov. 18, which assisted 375 families. The meat was cut into steaks, roasts, ribs, chops, tenderloins and venison burger. Blue Ridge Meats will again donate 1,500 pounds of venison to support the LINK Christmas Program on Dec. 16 at Christ the Redeemer Catholic in Sterling and Trinity Presbyterian in Herndon. More than 400 families, comprising 2,000 people, are expected to register for this event.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) has accepted five new companies into the Accessing International Markets (AIM) export development program. The program, launched by VEDP in December, 2005, helps Virginia companies pursue international leads in a new market overseas and realize the benefits of exporting. Based on a competitive quarterly application process, 20 companies will be accepted into the AIM program each year. One of the selected companies is Speedtech in Sterling.