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Business, Dec. 17-23

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Randy Kelley, CEO, Inova Loudoun Hospital, far left, and employees presented Capt. Jana Chris, Loudoun County Salvation Army, second from left, with gifts for 50 children as part of the Angel Tree Program. This program provides new clothing and/or toys for children. Employees of Inova Loudoun Hospital donated items.

Send announcements or events, which are open to the public at no or minimal cost, to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102 or e-mail <a href="mailto:loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com">loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com</a>. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged.

Glenfiddich Farm Pottery, 17642 Canby Road, Leesburg, will be open Saturdays through Dec. 20, 12-5 p.m., and other days by appointment. The pottery has a wide range of functional stoneware for sale including teapots, mugs, bowls, plates, platters and many other ideas for gift giving and stocking stuffers. Visit www.glenfarmpottery.com.

Lansdowne Resort will be collecting new and unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. Any guest who brings a new and unwrapped toy to Sunday brunch buffet, at the resort’s On the Potomac restaurant, will receive $10 off the brunch price of $49 per person. This offer applies only to the adult brunch price and the maximum "discount" will be $20 per couple. The promotion and collection will go on through Dec. 21. Call 703-729-8400 or visit www.lansdowneresort.com.

The Loudoun Chamber, in conjunction with all of the local public safety agencies, established the Loudoun County Valor Awards Program to recognize and acknowledge those who continuously place themselves in harm's way to ensure the safety of others. The 2009 Valor Awards will be held on Tuesday, April 14, at The National Conference Center in Leesburg. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Dec. 31; visit www.loudounchamber.org.

Poo Bare LLC of South Riding is offering service gift certificates this holiday season. The holiday gift certificates can be donated anonymously to residents or businesses that need to remove animal waste from their properties on a consistent basis. Poo Bare provides residential and commercial services including dog and goose waste removal, waste station maintenance and supplies, site planning and evaluation and specialized clean ups for animals undergoing medical treatment.

Through its new Strength in our Communities initiative, Gold’s Gym Ashburn, 20099 Ashbrook Place, Ashburn, is providing free fitness consultations and free workouts to all teachers, firefighters, policemen and the military during the month of November. Visit www.GoldsGym.com.

Piedmont RIA was awarded the Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst (AIFA and AIF) designations from Fiduciary 360, a training and research facility based near Pittsburgh, Pa. The designations attest to broad knowledge of fiduciary responsibility and the ability to apply policies and implement procedures that define a prescribed standard. Piedmont is located at 19455 Deerfield Ave., Suite 307, Lansdowne.

HCA Virginia announced that Broadlands Regional Medical Center will seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for Health Care. LEED encourages the use of environmentally friendly solutions in building design, construction and operation. Once LEED Certified, BRMC would become Loudoun County’s first hospital to receive this distinction. It would also be the first HCA hospital so recognized.

Kinderdance, a national program designed to educated children and fight childhood obesity, is offering five different movement classes at Belmont Country Club Fitness Center, 20071 Medalist Drive, Ashburn. Kinderdance classes are also available at Ashburn Village Country Day School, 20909 Ashburn Village Blvd., Ashburn; Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion, 20585 Ashburn Village Blvd., Ashburn; Broadlands Community Center, 43008 Waxpool Road, Ashburn. Call 1-800-554-2334 or visit www.kinderdance.com.

All local area vendors are invited to attend Loudoun County Procurement's 2008 buyer/seller information exchange sessions. These sessions are to provide information on the county's procurement processes and upcoming contracts. The sessions will take place Thursday, Dec. 18, 2 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 22, 10:30 a.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2 p.m.; Wednesday, March 25, 10:30 a.m.; Thursday, April 23, 2 p.m.; Thursday, May 21, 10:30 a.m.; Tuesday, June 23, 2 p.m.

For locations call 703-777-0403 or send an e-mail to Rebecca Kummel at procurement@loudoun.gov.

AH&T Insurance of Leesburg raised $24,000 for Loudoun Interfaith Relief from its 20th annual charity golf tournament held Sept. 30 at the Piedmont Club in Haymarket.

Inova Loudoun Hospital now offers patients, their families and friends direct access to CarePages.com, an online community of people coming together to share the challenges, hopes and triumphs in facing a life-changing health event. Through free, personalized CarePages Web sites, patients and caregivers can relate their stories, post photos and update friends and family instantly. In turn, people who care can send messages of love and encouragement and even virtual "gifts."

Middleburg Bank, 43325 Junction Plaza, Ashburn, will serve as a community collection point again this year for the Loudoun Community Holiday Coalition, which collects new gifts including toys and clothing for children, teens, seniors and special adults, grocery store gift certificates, adult gifts under $10 and cash donations. Visit www.loudoun.gov/holidaycoalition.

Inova Loudoun Hospital will donate $100,000 to the Loudoun Community Health Center to help them reach their current fund-raising goal of $300,000 by the end of the year. The Loudoun Community Health Center provides care for those who are underinsured or uninsured and cannot afford to pay for healthcare.

The Leesburg law firm of McCandlish & Lillard P.C. is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year. To mark this milestone, the firm has commissioned a history entitled "McCandlish & Lillard, P.C.: 100 Years of Tradition, Innovation, and Results." A copy was presented to the Thomas Balch Library for local history earlier this month.

AH&T Insurance of Leesburg raised $24,000 for Loudoun Interfaith Relief from its 20th annual Charity Golf Tournament held Sept. 30 at Piedmont Club in Haymarket.

Ashby Ponds, Erickson’s newest retirement community in Ashburn, began building a community Sept. 16. By the end of the year, it will be a community of more than 200 residents and 100 staff. Ashby Ponds, which celebrated its grand opening Oct. 2, will eventually become a community of more than 2,000 residents age 62 and up, supported by a staff of 1,000.

The United States Army Information Technology Agency has awarded Telos Corporation of Ashburn a task order to provide Defense Message System support at the Pentagon Telecommunications Center. The one-year contract has a potential value of $13 million and has one option year. Telos will assist with integrating, operating and maintaining a single, integrated Defense Message System at three security levels. The Telecommunications Center is the Army’s nerve center in the Pentagon for operating and managing the critical information technology infrastructure related to messaging.