Business Notes

Business Notes

Panera Bread is donating a portion of the proceeds from each Pink Ribbon Bagel sold throughout October to a variety of breast cancer causes throughout the country.

Southwest Airline's celebrated its first flight departing from Dulles Thursday, Oct. 5, with a "LUV Party." The first flight took off at 6:25 a.m. Southwest will begin its Dulles service with 12 daily nonstop departures to the following cities: Chicago Midway, seven daily; Las Vegas, one daily; Orlando, two daily and Tampa Bay, two daily. The airline will offer direct or connecting service to 35 other destinations. Southwest will occupy two gates in the B Concourse and employ 40 local employees.

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce is holding an after-hours business mixer, Oct. 19, 5:30 p.m., at Great Country Farms, 18780 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont. Come in jeans and enjoy the Autumn Harvest with hay rides, pumpkin picking, coleslaw, baked beans, barbecue, kettle corn and more. Cost $5 members, $10 nonmembers. Call 703-777-2176 or visit

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

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

The Loudoun Chamber of Commerce is having a lunch and learn, Oct. 24, 12 p.m., at The Red Fox Inn, 2 East Washington St., Middleburg. Guest speaker, Tony Howard, president, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. Call 703-777-2176 or visit

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce is holding a WIBA seminar, Oct. 25, 7:30- 9 a.m., Holiday Inn Dulles, 1000 Sully Road, Dulles. Guest presenter, Tim Griswold, Toxic Cleansing Network. Tickets $15 member; $20 nonmember. Call 703-777-2176 or visit

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.

The Northern Virginia Small Business Forum went live in early July and has already registered more than 120 local members. The free online community was started by David Stanley, a local small business owner, to provide an online venue for regional small businesses to network, share, learn, and grow. In addition to discussion about business topics such as finance and business operations, there are also categories to share candid stories and opportunities for businesses to take advantage of special offers, such as discounted business books, magazines, and business cards.