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The Medical Spa at Nova is holding a free open house Sunday, Nov. 12, from 2-6 p.m., featuring service demonstrations, massages, product samples, special discounts and more. During the open house, attendees will receive discounts from 15 percent to 25 percent off products and spa services. Registration is required for the seminars by calling 703-554-1100, ext. 323.

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce announces 23 finalists have been selected to compete in eight business categories for the 2006 Small Business Awards. Nov. 13, at the Lansdowne Resort, the winners in each of eight categories will be announced at the Annual Gala Awards Dinner.

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce will be holding Tech 2010 Friday, Nov. 17, featuring keynote speaker, Steve Bass of PC Magazine. 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.

Diamonds & Rust Enterprises Inc., Aldie, will collect frozen turkeys of any size or weight for the Loudoun Emergency Homeless Shelter and the Loudoun Transitional Housing Shelter from Nov. 20-22. Call 703-327-2006.

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.

The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) awarded The Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival, produced by The Town of Leesburg, a bronze for best ad series for events with budgets under $250,000 during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony.

Diamonds & Rust Enterprises Inc., an antiques and collectibles shop, will collect women’s toiletries for the Loudoun County Transitional Housing Shelter (THS). Suggested donations include feminine products, all toiletries and hotel samples. No clothing items will be accepted. Donations may be dropped off at Diamonds & Rust, 3933 John Mosby Highway, Aldie. Visit http://www.loudoun.gov/housing/shelter.htm.

AOL employees presented a check in the amount of $25,000 to Loudoun Youth Inc. to fund programs that emerge from the Loudoun Youth Initiative. AOL employees raised funds through the purchase of tickets to the Big Apple Circus; each year, AOL buys out a night at the Big Apple Circus and sells tickets to employees, with proceeds being donated to charity.

In addition, AOL also announced a challenge grant to Loudoun Youth Inc., whereby it will match up to $50,000 in funds raised by Loudoun Youth Inc.

United Airlines will file its application for a direct route from Dulles Airport to Beijing with the U.S. Department of Transportation. United is one of four airlines competing for this route, which will be the only new international route awarded by the federal government this year.

The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce hosted the first-ever, "Recognition of Excellence in Innovation" Award reception. Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology Robert Cresanti presented the award to ODIN Technologies, headquartered in Dulles, for its innovation in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.

The "Excellence in Innovation Award" recognizes local and regional innovators from throughout the United States who have introduced a new product, service or manufacturing process into the market during the last 12 months.

AH&T Insurance expands its claims division with the recent hiring of Richard E. Hirschoff, SCLA. As the director of claims, Hirschoff will work directly with AH&T's commercial property and casualty clients to provide enhanced service in claims oversight including insurer litigation management monitoring, and general client advocacy and counseling. He will be located in AH&T's Leesburg headquarters office. Hirschoff has more than 25 years of experience as an insurance carrier claims professional with Travelers Insurance and CNA Insurance, among others.

Bark and Bubbles Dog Wash Spa and Wet Nose Willy's Boutique held a grand opening of its new facility, 20604 Gordon Park, Suite 170, Ashburn, Oct. 28.

Electronic Business has named EIT Inc. of Sterling to its Top 100 Contract Manufacturers list. The list was released in the September issue and is a worldwide ranking of electronic contract manufacturers.

The Fortessa Outlet Store, 22601 David Drive in Sterling, is announcing that it will be open to the public on most Fridays and Saturdays for the rest of the year to serve holiday shoppers.

INMED, located in Sterling, celebrated its 20th anniversary at a luncheon in Washington, D.C., Nov. 1. The event highlighted the organization’s 20 years of service and the importance of the partnerships that have enabled its success throughout the years.

Investin of Herndon plans to begin construction for the Prospect Business Center, a warehouse and office condominium facility in Dulles, this fall with completion expected to be by spring 2007.

Lydia Jane Failing, senior field human resources manager for HMHHost at Washington Dulles, Reagan National and BWI/Marshall airports and Leesburg Premium Factory Outlets, was selected as the first chairperson of the Dulles Area Transportation Association's Employer Council.

Jim Pates has been appointed marketing director of Griffin-Owens and Associates, which has offices in Leesburg and Ashburn. Pates started with Griffin-Owens in January as a commercial associate gent. He is a graduate of Guilford College and has more than 10 years experience in sales and marketing.

Atlantic Skyline recently completed construction and installation of a new exhibit displaying the upcoming new airport train system. Working with Redhead Companies of Ellicott City, Md., to develop a design aimed at promoting the new train system linking the main terminal with the concourses, Atlantic Skyline produced two 22-inch displays promoting the airport expansion. Scheduled for completion in 2009, the new rail system will deliver passengers from the airline gates in the concourses to the main terminal, eventually replacing the current "people movers" mode of transport.

The security checkpoint lanes at Washington Dulles International Airport have been moved to the west end of the main terminal's ticketing area. Passengers should follow the new signage highlighting Washington Dulles' newly located screening area.

Five Below, which sell merchandise to the teen and preteen market for $1 to $5, opened two new stores, including Sterling, with grand opening celebration Nov. 3.

AH&T Insurance, based in Leesburg, announces the hiring of S. Lynne Sorrentino, CPA, as its chief financial officer. Sorrentino joined the agency Oct. 2 and her responsibilities will encompass accounting and reporting, strategic planning and analysis, treasury, tax, audit and employee benefits programs.

Bowman Consulting has been named to "The Zweig Letter’s" Hot Firm 2006 List and is being recognized as one of the fastest-growing design firms nationwide. The Zweig Letter Hot Firm Conference, sponsored by ZweigWhite, recognizes the fastest-growing companies in the areas of architecture, planning, engineering and environmental consulting.

Pottery You Paint in Ashburn will hold a Pottery-A-Thon Dec. 2, from 9 a.m.-midnight. Charities and community groups are invited to schedule a two-hour block for members and supporters to come in to create ceramic pieces. Pottery You Paint will donate 25 percent of the proceeds generated from the members and supporters of an individual organization, during that two-hour block, to that particular charity or group. To participate, an organization needs to schedule the time and provide proof of their nonprofit status, as well as their tax ID number. Participating organizations must guarantee a minimum of eight participants.

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.