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The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce is holding a WIBA summer social, Wednesday, July 26, 6-8 p.m., Citibank, 504 East Market St., Leesburg. Includes wine and music. Cost chamber members $5, nonmembers $10. RSVP to programs@loudounchamber.org.

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce will be holding a State of the County breakfast, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 8-10 a.m., Belmont County Club, 19661 Belmont Manor Lane, Ashburn. Vice Chairman Bruce Tulloch, on behalf of the Board of Supervisors, presents a report on the state of the county, featuring the latest on the top local issues that impact business, including economic development, taxes, transportation, technology, health care, education, public safety, government efficiency and Loudoun youth initiative.

Tickets $30 members, in advance; $35 members at door; $40 nonchamber members. Register online at www.loudounchamber.org, call 703-777-2176, Ext. 9025 or RSVP to programs@loudounchamber.org.

Southwest Airlines is beginning service at Washington Dulles International Airport in this fall. Southwest announced its fares and schedules Thursday, July 13. Dulles will be SouthwestÕs 63rd destination systemwide. Southwest operates more than 3,000 daily nonstop departures and has more almost 32,000 employees.

Potomac Bank of Virginia recently broke ground on its fifth financial center in Northern Virginia and first in Loudoun County. The new 5,000-square-foot branch will be located at 19460 Golf Vista Plaza off of Riverside Parkway in the Lansdowne community. Potomac Bank will use 2,500 square feet of the 5,000-square-foot building, with the remaining half of the building to be leased to a third party tenant.

A Better Way to Fitness LLC is teaming up with the Play Ôn Around Gym in Leesburg to offer a total body exercise class, which will provide parents an opportunity to workout without leaving their children behind. Each 45-minute Dance ÔN Play class includes cardio segments accompanied by childrenÕs music with intervals of strength training, using resistance tubing and body weight.

Van Metre Companies broke ground for the Faulkner Parkway Extension in the Broadlands community Monday, July 10. When completed by the end of the year, the four-lane divided roadway will connect Claiborne Parkway and Ashburn Road. Van Metre Companies is funding the entire $2.4 million road project.

Participating in the groundbreaking ceremony was Supervisor Stephen J. Snow (R-Dulles), Larry Beerman, Dulles District representative of the Loudoun County Planning Commission, Albert G. "Beau" Van Metre Jr., vice chairman of the Van Metre Companies; Roy Barnett, group president of acquisition, planning, and development for the Van Metre Companies, and Andrew Garrich, vice president of land development for the Van Metre Companies.

Christopher Benjamin has joined Dunlap, Grubb and Weaver of Leesburg. He joins the firm's business and intellectual property practice.

In May 2007, Loudoun County will be celebrating its 250th anniversary and Virginia will be marking the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown Settlement. In 2008, Leesburg will be celebrating its 250th anniversary and Purcellville will mark 100 years. Jen Sterling of Hinge, Inc. designed and donated a 250th anniversary logo to Leesburg and Loudoun County for use throughout the year to brand projects, events and merchandise with the 250th anniversary seal.

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce is holding the 2006 Annual Golf Classic, Monday, Sept. 18, at Belmont Country Club, featuring an 18-hole tournament in a shotgun-scramble format, box lunches, round of golf, cocktail reception, dinner and auction. Visit the Web site www.loudounchamber.org or call Roxane Remley at 703-777-2176, Ext. 9025.

The next Loudoun County Procurement's Buyer/Seller Information Exchange is Friday, Sept. 22, 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 Thursday, Oct. 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 Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Loudoun Expo, Oct. 21, at the Dulles Town Center, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Contact the chamber to reserve a booth to participate, 703-777-2176 or visit www.loudounchamber.org.

The next Loudoun County Procurement's Buyer/Seller Information Exchange is Monday, Nov. 20, 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, 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.

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.