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Marriott International Inc. recently celebrated the grand opening of the 158-suite SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Sterling. This all-suite property is located at 22595 Shaw Road. The celebration was attended by dignitaries from Loudoun County, Sterling and the Dulles Corridor; along with executives from Marriott, International and partner Southwest Airlines. In addition to these dignitaries the hotel celebrated welcoming their first group, the Special Olympics.

Apple Federal Credit Union’s first branch in Loudoun County, located off of Cascades Parkway at 21361 Gentry Drive, is now open. The branch opened for business Friday, Aug. 10.

Comcast announced that effective Aug. 18, it added more than 50 new digital channels, including several in high-definition (HD), to its Loudoun County channel lineup.

Critical Power Solutions International Inc. demonstrated its alternative energy powered platforms at the 2007 Force Protection Equipment Demonstration VI (FPED VI) held Aug. 14-16 at Stafford Regional Airport in Stafford.

Local area vendors are invited to the 2007 Loudoun County Procurement's Buyer/Seller Information Exchange Sessions. The next session is Thursday, Sept. 20, 10:30 a.m., in the Lovettsville Room on the first floor of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E., in Leesburg. The informal session is open to all vendors to discuss the county's processes, upcoming contracts and any vendor questions or concerns. To reserve a seat, call 703-771-5142 or send an e-mail to Jacqueline Miles-Veney at jacqueline.miles.veney@loudoun.gov.

The Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association will be hold the 2nd Annual Cruisin' the Caribbean, scholarship fund-raising auction, Oct. 10, 5:30 p.m., at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Dulles. The cost is $25. Call 703-771-2617, Ext. 11.

Local area vendors are invited to the 2007 Loudoun County Procurement's Buyer/Seller Information Exchange Sessions. The next session is Friday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m., in the Lovettsville Room on the first floor of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E., in Leesburg. The informal session is open to all vendors to discuss the county's processes, upcoming contracts and any vendor questions or concerns. To reserve a seat, call 703-771-5142 or send an e-mail to Jacqueline Miles-Veney at jacqueline.miles.veney@loudoun.gov.

Local area vendors are invited to the 2007 Loudoun County Procurement's Buyer/Seller Information Exchange Sessions. The next session is Thursday, Nov. 29, 2 p.m., in the Lovettsville Room on the first floor of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E., in Leesburg. The informal session is open to all vendors to discuss the county's processes, upcoming contracts and any vendor questions or concerns. To reserve a seat, call 703-771-5142 or send an e-mail to Jacqueline Miles-Veney at jacqueline.miles.veney@loudoun.gov.

Local area vendors are invited to the 2007 Loudoun County Procurement's Buyer/Seller Information Exchange Sessions. The next session is Friday, Dec. 21, 2 p.m., in the Lovettsville Room on the first floor of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E., in Leesburg. The informal session is open to all vendors to discuss the county's processes, upcoming contracts and any vendor questions or concerns. To reserve a seat, call 703-771-5142 or send an e-mail to Jacqueline Miles-Veney at jacqueline.miles.veney@loudoun.gov.

The Hispanic Business Council (HBC) of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce celebrates its third year with a new council Chairwoman Jackie Krick.

Krick, a long standing member of the Hispanic community, takes on a new role as she steps up from the council's vice chair. Visit www.dullesregionalchamber.org.