Small Business Finalist Spotlight: Automotive Quality Solutions

by Andrea Lucas

Daryl Collette, owner, Automotive Quality Solutions Register Here for the Loudoun Small Business Awards, November 2, 2017 1.  Tell us your story of how your company got to where it is today?  Our origins at AQS come from working with dealerships. Typically, when a used car is traded in or purchased by a dealership at an […]

Small Business Finalists Spotlight: Watermark Woods

by Andrea Lucas

Julie Borneman, owner, Watermark Woods Register Here for the Loudoun Small Business Awards, November 2, 2017 1.  Tell us your story of how your company got to where it is today? We have always known we wanted some sort of a small business as well as good stewards of the land. As we volunteered with Loudoun Wildlife […]

Helping Your Company Do Well by Doing Community Good!

by Andrea Lucas

By Nikki Daruwala, Founder & President, NDpoint Strategies Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is the process by which a company contributes to its community’s well-being by delivering economic, social and environmental benefits for all stakeholders. In 2017, that role is growing, and the relationship between companies and the nonprofits they support is changing. We no longer […]

Meet Isabel Craun, Alumni, Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!)s

by Andrea Lucas

To learn more about the Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA!), please click here. Staff contact: KC Repage, krepage@loudounchamber.org As a kid, I did not have the word “entrepreneur” in my vocabulary. I would come up with different business ideas and write them in my business idea book, which I still have today. Of course when I grew older, […]

Introduction to Facility Security Clearance

by Andrea Lucas

By Ade Odutola, Solvitur Systems LLC & Imo F Etuk, MathCraft Security Technologies, Inc. Companies that wish to do business with the federal government and handle national security information must obtain a confidential, secret, or top secret Facility Security Clearance – or FCL. The clearance can be awarded by the government after an investigation determines […]

Get Out and TECH!

by Andrea Lucas

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 […]

The Basics of DCAA Compliance

by Andrea Lucas

Thank you to Richard Hayden, of Unanet for this guest blog postFor more information on the GovCon Initiative, click here Overview Once you have made the decision to become a government contractor it is important that you learn your way around the rules and regulations that will be imposed on you. New acronyms will be thrown […]

Winning Loudoun Business with Visual Communication

by Andrea Lucas

Thank you to Jacqueline Hoffmann, of Mvix for this informative article! Loudoun County consistently ranks as one of the wealthiest counties in the country, so naturally it is home to consumers with large, disposable incomes. While this is certainly good news for local businesses, it also means that traditional marketing strategies simply won’t be as effective. The […]

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

by Andrea Lucas

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 […]

Women Seeing More Entrepreneurial Success

by Andrea Lucas

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 […]