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Business, Jan. 28-Feb. 3

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 Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association is looking for individuals to serve three-year terms on its board of directors, from July 1, 2009 -June 30, 2012, with a transition period beginning in April. Resumes must be received at the LCVA Office, 222 Catoctin Circle S.E., Leesburg, by 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 30. Electronic copies may be submitted to Greg Harp at Harp@VisitLoudoun.org. Also, the LCVA is accepting nominations for the 2008 LCVA Annual Tourism Awards. All award entries must be for individuals, organizations or programs and recognize accomplishments for activities or events that occurred or were completed during 2008. Entries must be received at the LCVA Office or by online submission by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17.

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.

Ashburn resident Joel Getis started new firm, College Nannies and Tutors of Loudoun. College Nannies offers full-time, part-time, after-school and summer-only nanny solutions that can meet the needs of any family’s schedule. Visit www.CollegeNannies.com or contact Joel Getis at 571-333-0660 or Jgetis@CollegeNannies.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 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.

Lerner Enterprises, Washington, D.C.'s largest private real estate developer, sold approximately 42 acres at Dulles Town Center in Dulles to the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation of Herndon to be held for the possible future development of a new highly energy efficient and cost effective corporate headquarters earmarked for Gold LEED Certification.

Wendy Martin, a certified parent coach, has created "parenting parties." Invite friends to your home for a two-hour group question and answer session on breastfeeding, discipline, potty training, sleep problems and first-time parenting with Martin. The charge for each parent is $20. Martin also offers one-on-one classes for $65 per hour. Call Gale Hopkins at 703-777-2564 or Wendy Martin at 703-724-9212.

The owners of Kincora, a proposed 400-acre mixed-use business community located at the intersection of routes 7 and 28 in Loudoun County, have partnered with the Windy Hill Foundation on a plan to incorporate up to 228 affordable workforce apartments and condos into their project. The owners of Kincora have committed that 16.25 percent of the apartments and condos in Kincora will be affordable to households earning less than 100 percent of the area median income.

Family Veterinary Hospital of Stone Ridge partnered in October with nonprofit group Homeless Animals Rescue Team, a local organization that focuses on sick, injured and older pets. The hospital has provided cosmetic, spays and neuters, as well as rehabilitation to many rescue pets in an effort to promote their adoption to loving families. To date, Family Vet has provided more than $3,000 in free services that directly benefit the foster pets. Also, on Nov. 13, students from Park View, Stone Bridge and Potomac Falls high schools joined Family Vet for the annual Job-for-a-Day program. The students were involved with laboratory analysis, suturing, cardiovascular monitoring and using diagnostic tools and physical anatomy.