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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.

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.

Dec. 7, Loudoun Women Business Forum, noon, at River Creek Country Club, Leesburg. Speaker: Mary Foley on Seven Secrets to Work/Life Sanity. $30 includes lunch and autographed book. 703-728-8900.

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 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 Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic, a nonprofit organization that fulfills the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, is selling holiday cards that can be personalized with a company name and logo, at no additional cost. A portion of the donation is tax deductible. Visit midatlantic.wish.org or call 301-962-9474.

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.

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.

In recognition of its leadership in the Washington area, Sprint Nextel was honored at the fifth annual National Capital Philanthropy Day Friday, Nov. 3.

The American Red Cross of the National Capital Area nominated Sprint Nextel to be awarded, in celebration of the event's "Honor Your Own" program, for its program.

Gallery 222 has launched a second gallery, Gallery two @222. Gallery two will be open on the First Friday of each month and subsequent Saturdays, and artists are invited to submit their work for consideration.

To be considered, artists should submit a short bio, samples of work and pricing to Gallery 222, 222 South King St., Leesburg, 20175, or e-mail same to gale@loudounacademy.org or dana@loudounacademy.org.

Lake Center Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, 46090 Lake Center Plaza, Potomac Falls, has opened. Dr. Amear Tadros received his doctor of dental medicine degree in 1998 from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He also completed a general practice residency at Coler Memorial Hospital in New York. He is an accredited member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and Northern Virginia Dental Society.

A new Business Networking International Chapter is forming, the Virginia Business Alliance. All are invited to That's Amore in Sterling, Wednesdays, at noon. Call Craig Sablosky at 703-624-2471.

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.

Pat McCluskey and Jeff Galkin have opened Café Panache in the Broadlands Village shopping center in Ashburn.

General manager McCluskey has more than 15 years of leadership and customer service experience in hotel management and restaurant service. Executive chef Galkin holds a degree in culinary arts from Johnson and Wales University.

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.

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.