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Loudoun Women Business Forum, Oct. 5, noon, at River Creek Country Club, Leesburg. Speaker is Barbara LaRock on the topic of saying no and meaning it. $13.50, includes lunch. Call 703-728-8900.

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.

Lansdowne Development Group, the developer of Lansdowne Town Center and Lansdowne on the Potomac, activated the first of two traffic signals Aug. 29, scheduled to open within Lansdowne this summer. Lansdowne Development Group, along with Supervisors Mick Staton (R-Sugarland) and Lori Waters (R-Broad Run), flipped the switch to activate the traffic signal located at the Belmont Ridge Road/Riverside Parkway intersection. The second traffic signal, located at the Lansdowne Boulevard/Riverside Parkway intersection, is scheduled to be operational by early September.

A major trade publication, Limousine & Chauffeured Transportation, recently named Reston Limousine, 45685 Elmwood Court, Dulles, to its Top 100 list in the internationally distributed magazine's annual survey of the country's largest fleet operators.

In addition, the company ranks 29th in the nation in operational size; and is among the top-10 largest shuttle bus fleets in the country.

Strides Beyond Educational Services LLC has expanded from its current location in Leesburg to its newest locations in Ashburn and Purcellville. Strides Beyond provides comprehensive psychological and educational evaluations as well as ADD/ADHD, Asperger Syndrome and learning style assessments. Psycho-educational bilingual evaluations are available in 15 languages.

Staff and employees of Inova Loudoun Hospital teamed with the Loudoun County Corps of The Salvation Army to sponsor 50 children as part of The Salvation ArmyÕs national back to school ÒApple TreeÓ program, an extension of The Salvation ArmyÕs ÒAngle TreeÓ Christmas gift program, school supplies were collected for needy school-aged children who will be attending classes within Loudoun County in the coming school year.

With an average of $50 invested per child, Inova Loudoun HospitalÕs staff invested approximately $2,500 to better equip children as they prepare to return to the classroom.

The Brambleton Group announces new stores have opened at Brambleton Town Center, located at the corner of Belmont Ridge and Ryan Roads. The new stores include Subway, Hair Cuttery, Cold Stone Creamery B&T Cleaners, Go Bananas and Cingular Wireless.

A Consolidated Theatres movie multiplex will be opening in 2007.

The Creative Dance Center began classes Sept. 9 at its new studio on Cape Court off of Loudoun County Parkway.

Margaret Otto, Ashburn resident, is the center's director and long-time teacher.

Oatlands Plantation has launched new Web site with new features, including an on-line gift shop, an Oatlands photo gallery illustrating OatlandsÕ history, and a special Garden section highlighting flowers from the garden. The Web site, www.oatlands.org, also presents a research and education page, geared toward schools and students looking to further their knowledge of Virginia and Loudoun County history.

Arlington-based IDI has completed the first phase of the fourth high-rise building at Leisure World of Virginia, Riverview, an 11-story building comprising 242 condominium homes. It is the last condominium building on the west side of the Leisure World site, and more than 80 percent of the available units were purchased before occupancy began.

Rondie and Liane Simpson of Ashburn have created the Fun Bus, fitness fun on wheels to service schools/child care centers and available for parties in the area.

The Fun Bus is a heated and air conditioned, mobile, full-sized, padded and carpeted school bus that brings the fun right to the school, child-care center, or home and never moves with the children on it.

The philosophy is to enhance learning going on inside the classroom and home, using a hands-on approach to fitness.

Moe's Southwest Grill opened its newest location at 24995 Riding Plaza, South Riding, Sept. 21. As part of its grand opening celebration, MoeÕs provided free child identification cards to customers with children Sept. 23 and present a donation check to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Owners Frank and Carol Maresca also own the MoeÕs in Chantilly and they plan to open a third location in the next few years.

Armfield, Harrison & Thomas is one of three major sponsors of the National Association of Corporate Directorsâ Capital Area Chapter. As a sponsor, AH&T will share its expertise on governance matters, assist in recruiting panelists for educational programming, and provide financial support. Armfield, Harrison & Thomas, an insurance brokerage, has offices in Leesburg and Seattle, Was.

BeckITSystems Inc., located in Dulles, announces it has attained gold certified status in the Microsoft Partner Program. As a gold certified partner, BeckITSystems has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and proven its ability to meet customers' needs. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners receive a set of benefits, including access to high level Microsoft resources, training and support.

SIGN-A-RAMA, located at 525-D E. Main St., Leesburg, is now under the ownership of local resident, John Voigt.

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.