Small Business Finalist Spotlight: Cucinamore

by Andrea Winey

Thanks to Daniela Williams, of Cucinamore, and congratulations. Register here for the Small Business Awards on November 2, 2017.  1.  Tell us your story of how your company got to where it is today? My name is Daniela Williams and I am the founder of Cucinamore, LLC. I was born and raised in the Italian city of […]

Hurricane Relief: Loudoun Businesses Assisting in Relief Efforts

by Andrea Winey

In the past two weeks we have seen the significant damage that Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have left behind. The aftermath was nothing short of devastating and leaving many of us wondering how we can help. The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce would like to encourage Loudoun businesses to lend a helping hand to those affected […]

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Get Out and TECH!

by Andrea Winey

Written by Vanessa Wagner, Loudoun County Economic Development To see other articles by Vanessa, click here Some of the best technology-enabled firms started with a few people in a basement. The importance of putting your nose down and getting to work cannot be overstated; however, networking and building a community should not be ignored by technologists. Research released […]

Innovation Starts in the Classroom

by Andrea Winey

Written by Vanessa Wagner, Loudoun County Economic DevelopmentTo see other articles by Vanessa, click here For the past several years, one of the greatest challenges faced by organizations in the DMV has been acquiring talent. While Virginia boasts the second highest concentration of technology workers in the country, the fast growth of our firms and influx of new […]

Engaging Tomorrow’s Leaders

by Andrea Winey

Blog post by Michelle Jones, Program Director, Loudoun Youth, Inc., thank you Michelle!To learn more about the Chamber’s Nonprofit Initiative, click here. Engaging today’s Loudoun County teens is no easy task. They exist in an environment of constant competition for their time, enjoy endless entertainment opportunities, and hold an exhausting course schedule that would make […]

Leveraging and Protecting your HubZone Small Business In the SBA’s New Environment

by Andrea Winey

Thank you to Dean Daisy, of Daisy & Collins LLP for this articleFor more information about the GovCon Initiative, click here. Around this time last year, the SBA announced sweeping changes including the SBA Mentor-Protégé Program and new HUBZone Joint Venture opportunities.  Is your HUBZone business taking advantage of these changes?   Are you ready to […]

Are smart cities walking a tightrope between utopia and chaos?

by Andrea Winey

Written by Vanessa Wagner, Loudoun County Economic DevelopmentTo see other articles by Vanessa, click here The Loudoun Technology Coalition received a great response from the community regarding last month’s event, “How Smart Cities Will Make Your Business Smarter”. Over 60 attendees met for a discussion featuring speakers from Amazon Web Services and 22 Capital Partners. The topic focused on […]

Women Seeing More Entrepreneurial Success

by Andrea Winey

By: Vanessa Wagner, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Manager, Loudoun County Department of Economic DevelopmentTo see other articles by Vanessa, click here The gender gap is closing in entrepreneurship. According to the 2016 State of Women-Owned Business report, between 2007 and 2016, the number of women-owned firms increased by 45 percent, a rate that is 5 times the […]

The community takes over the Envision Loudoun process, and the process is better for it.

by Andrea Winey

Op-ed written by Tony Howard, President & CEO of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce It was a lively scene at the first two Envision Loudoun community workshops that Loudoun County held in Leesburg and Sterling last week. First in a middle school cafeteria, then a senior center, hundreds of Loudoun residents came together to […]

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Caring for Our Community with Nutrition

by Andrea Winey

Written by Jennifer Montgomery, Executive Director, Loudoun Hunger Relief Why did the tomato blush? I’ll tell you at the end…. We all know that healthy eating is better for us.  Most of us have the means to eat more fruits, vegetables, lean proteins along with heart healthy, whole foods. We just need to think about […]