Indra Books, owner of ON THE GO 4 U, took office in January as vice president of the International Concierge and Errand Association (ICEA). She will serve for a two-year term. ICEA is a nonprofit trade association founded in 2001, designed to meet the professional needs of concierge and errand business owners worldwide. When Books is not busy
providing time-management solutions for individuals, she writes as a platinum expert author for Ezine Articles and offers workshops on a variety of subjects. Books also serves in the Loudoun Chamber as chairperson of Women in Business Alliance (WIBA) and membership coordinator for the Home Based Business Council (HBBC).
Name: Indra Books.
Years in the Community: Nine years.
Occupation/Position: Owner of ON THE GO 4 U, personal shoppers and concierge service, serving the D.C.-metropolitian area and specializing in a full range of life management services, www.onthego4u.net.
Achievements: Vice president of the International Concierge and Errand Association (ICEA), chairperson of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Alliance (WIBA) and membership coordinator for the
Chamber's Home Based Business Council (HBBC).
What do you like or dislike about your community?: While the diversity of people moving into the area is a good thing, the uncontrolled growth and traffic congestion are not. It has gotten to the point where you can't leave your house on the weekend and get anywhere in a reasonable amount of time.
Favorite local restaurant/place: Tuscarora Mills and Magnolia's.
Sports Interests/Activities/Hobbies: Shopping, decorating, local and international travel, reading, wine tasting, trying new restaurants.
Community Ties: Member of the Loudoun Arts Council and involved with the council's Showhouse; active in the county's Chamber of Commerce.
Community Concerns: Poor growth planning in residential areas with lack of infrastructure and service businesses (i.e. restaurants) to support the growth.
Community Ideas: Increase the number of activities and venues in the county that cater to the growing young middle class such as a film festival, music festival and after-hours spots such as a wine bar or martini bar.
Personal Goals: To continue growing ON THE GO 4 U to include more corporate clients; to travel to parts of Eastern Europe that I have yet to visit.
What community "hidden treasure" should more people know about?: First Friday Leesburg and the specialty shops in Leesburg and Middleburg.
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