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EarthWorks Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Saturday, April 30

EarthWorks Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Saturday, April 30

From the Town of Leesburg – At 9:00 a.m., on Saturday, April 30, 2011, Town of Leesburg officials will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of EarthWorks, located at 521-H East Market Street in the Bellewood Commons Shopping Center.  Mayor Kristen C. Umstattd will officiate.

EarthWorks is a retail gift shop and art gallery featuring hand-made items including art, photography, wood crafts, stained glass, pottery, jewelry, candles, bath and body products and organic herbal teas.  EarthWorks’ mission is to offer beautiful products with an eye towards responsible and sustainable products and materials, while supporting local artists and craftsmen. 

Loudoun Gears Up for Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20

Loudoun Gears Up for Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20

From Loudoun County -- Loudoun County is gearing up for Bike to Work Day, set for Friday, May 20, 2011. Both new and experienced cyclists are encouraged to register for this free event at www.waba.org or by calling 202-518-0524. Free T-shirts are available for the first 9,000 registrants in the region.

The Loudoun County Office of Transportation Services will host two of 49 Bike to Work Day pit stops in the region, where participants can pick-up free T-shirts and giveaways, enjoy refreshments and enter prize raffles. The Loudoun pit stops will be located along the Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail, rain or shine in:

• Leesburg at Raflo Park on Harrison Street, from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.; and

• Sterling at the trail entrance to Orbital Sciences Corporation, just east of Route 28, from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

The Washington Post Pulls a Darwin

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that traditional media struggles to find its place in the digital world. Electronic distribution gives people greater choice, and we consume from the publishers that give us the most value—however each one of us personally defines that value. Advertising revenues have followed eyeballs and, over time, newspapers have lost relevance. Now, The Washington Post has pulled a Darwin maneuver by launching a service called Trove.

While I applaud the move, I wonder if it’s going to net the results they seek. The Washington Post has teamed up with Facebook to aggregate and deliver personalized news based on a consumer’s likes and dislikes. That, in itself, makes me uncomfortable.

Can You Tell Your Story in 10 Tweets?

Can You Tell Your Story in 10 Tweets?

RFID Global Solutions can. They won $2,000 and a chance to snag the attention of local venture capitalists and angels using Twitter and a well-written micro story.

How did it call come about? The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship held a fast pitch called TweetDingman earlier this month. Participants told their stories in 10 tweets of 128 characters or less during a structured event co-sponsored with Driven Forward, Brazen Careerist, and Cooley, LLP.

Spend It Like It’s Your Own

Spend It Like It’s Your Own

You may have heard that tempers are flaring over the planned metro station at Dulles. According to news reports, the board at Dulles International Airport stands behind its decision to build an underground station because it would be more 1) convenient for travelers, and 2) attractive than an above ground station.

So, it behooves us to ask about the degree of perceived inconvenience. How would using an above ground metro station compare with:

Tips for Eating Healthfully From a Vending Machine

Tips for Eating Healthfully From a Vending Machine

We live in a fast-paced world and, at one time or another, we have all found ourselves face to face with a vending machine, looking for a snack or beverage. The problem, up until now, has been that vending machine food was always synonymous with junk food or unhealthy options. But a new company has set out to change the way people see vending machines, and the nutrition that they get from them.

“Maybe it wasn’t easy to find healthy, tasty food from vending machines before, but we have made it our mission to change that,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “Now, people can get a nutritious snack or beverage, whether they are playing, working, or at school. We are on the move and hopefully coming to an area near you soon.”

Leesburg Economic Development Department Issues RFQ for Business Development Videos

Leesburg Economic Development Department Issues RFQ for Business Development Videos

From the Town of Leesburg – The Leesburg Economic Development Department has issued a Request for Quote (RFQ) for production of a suite of videos intended to showcase the Town’s unique assets and attractiveness as a business location.

“The proposed videos are part of our continuing efforts to tell the Leesburg story,” explained Marantha Edwards, the Town’s Economic Development Manager.  “Our vision is that the videos will feature Leesburg business leaders and community stakeholders giving their personal testimonials as to why Leesburg is a great place to grow a business.”

“In addition to highlighting some of Leesburg’s extraordinary existing businesses, the videos will emphasize those things that make Leesburg a very distinguishable, special place.  We want these videos to be vibrant and high-energy with the aim of attracting ‘like’ businesses,” she added.