Web Site Offers a Guide

For Africa Excursions E.S. Africa, a Middleburg company that provides information to tourists traveling to eastern and southern Africa, has launched www.esafrica.com, a World Wide Web site for people planning to visit those parts of Africa.

The site offers recommendations on decisions such as private guides, camps, hotels and horse safaris. It also provides general information on the countries in those regions, including Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa.

Edmund Twining III and Steve Hines, both of Middleburg, founded their company after each had traveled extensively through Africa and recognized a niche for helping busy people, such as business executives, sort through information about the continent.

Alpine Ski Shop to Open Store in Sterling

The Alpine Ski Shop will celebrate the grand opening of its second location, at 1103 W. Church Rd., in Sterling, with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The first shop was opened in Oakton in 1970. During the summer, the stores specialize in in-line skating equipment; during the winter, they shift focus to skiing and snowboarding.

Chamber of Commerce To Hold Networking Mixer

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce will hold a mixer at South Street Under/Tuscarora Mill in Leesburg from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. At the informal networking event, hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks will be served, and there will be a cash bar.

The cost is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers, and attendees can pay at the door. Nonmembers should be accompanied by a chamber member.

For more information, call the chamber at 703-777-2176 or visit its World Wide Web site at www.loudounchamber.org.

Please fax items for Thursday's business page to Sarah Schafer at 703-777-8437, or send them by mail to 305 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg, Va. 20175, or by e-mail to schafers@washpost.com.