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Business, Jan. 14-20

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.

The nonprofit initiative of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce will kick-off 2009 with "Finding Your Way through the Money Maze" Thursday, Jan. 15, 8-10 a.m., at the National Conference Center, 18980 Upper Belmont Place, Lansdowne. The event offers nonprofit executives and board members information on the financial rules, regulations and fund-raising practices that will make them more successful in 2009. Register at www.loudounchamber.org or 571-209-9036.

Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets, 241 Fort Evans Road N.E., Leesburg, will be hosting Government/Military Appreciation Days Friday, Jan. 16-Sunday, Jan. 18. Government and military employees can show their identification to receive a VIP Coupon Book worth hundreds of dollars in savings. They will also receive a list of additional offers at participating stores. Visit www.premiumoutlets.com/leesburg.

Bridge to Learning Family Yoga, 44110 Ashburn Shopping Plaza, Ashburn, is offering free yoga classes all day Saturday, Jan. 17, to celebrate its one-year anniversary. There will also be an open house from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Bridge to Learning will also hold free adult yoga Saturday, Jan. 24 and free family yoga Sunday, Jan. 25. Visit www.bridgetolearning.net.

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, 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.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) reports that Trinity Fitness Center and Spa, located at 45965 Nokes Blvd., closed Dec. 14. Eligible members of this spa who believe they might be due refunds have until April 10 to file claims. Members who believe they are due a refund must contact the VDACS’ Office of Consumer Affairs. Members will be required to provide a copy of their contract, proof of payment and a completed Health Spa Refund Request form, which can be downloaded from www.vdacs.virginia.gov/forms-pdf/cp/oca/healthspas/oca02refund.pdf or call the consumer protection hotline, 1-800-552-9965, then press 1 for a counselor.

Join Curves of Ashburn, 20604 Gordon Park Square 150, Ashburn, now through Jan. 31 and receive 50 percent off the service fee and the first 30 days are free. Contact Sonja Beiler or Dawn Manausa at 571-223-0123 or ashburncurves@verzion.net.

Inova Loudoun Hospital 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."

The Pink Polka Dot and HairLoom have opened in the Brambleton Town Center, 42395 Ryan Road, Ashburn. The Pink Polka Dot offers items from a number of designers, including Oly and Luna Bella, Glenda Gies handbags, vintage jewelry by Christy Gies and Erica Hardy designs. HairLoom Studio offers styling, color, weaving and hair extensions and waxing services.

Georgia Graves, owner of Bridgman Communications Inc. in Dulles, and Kathy Renton, owner of Lighthouse Concepts LLC in Leesburg, launched a new Web site, www.CurbCost.com, that allows visitors to quickly create and purchase personalized "good deed" gifts for any special occasion.

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 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.

Liberty Hospitality Partners announced that Tami Crane has been appointed director of sales of the new Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel in Leesburg. Crane will direct all areas of the hotel’s sales and marketing efforts. The 91-room hotel, currently under construction, is scheduled to open in June.