Financial Services Firm Opens

Raymond James Financial Services Inc. has opened an office on Pidgeon Hill Drive in Countryside.

The office, one of more than 1,200 Raymond James firms nationwide, will offer asset management, mutual funds, stocks and bonds, and other financial services.

James T. Barnette Jr. was appointed branch manager. He previously was a financial adviser in the Sterling office of Intersecurities, a financial services firm based in Clearwater, Fla.

Barnette, a Northern Virginia resident since 1979, lives in Ashburn with his wife and three children.

How to Land Airport Business

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates Dulles International and Ronald Reagan National airports, will offer a seminar for small businesses on upcoming contract opportunities at the airports.

The seminar will focus on construction and goods and services. It will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, 1800 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington.

Small-business owners will be able to network with airport companies and staff members from the airports' procurement, materials management and engineering offices. Contractors and subcontractors will offer tips on how to compete for and manage construction and goods and services contracts. The seminar is free. To register, call 703-417-0017.

Chamber Seeks New Members

As part of its membership drive, the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce will hold mixers Oct. 6 and 20.

The first mixer will be at 5:30 p.m. at Hunter's Pub in Cascades. The second, which will mark the end of the membership drive, will also start at 5:30 p.m. and be held at the Ashburn Ice House.

Businesses that join the chamber during the drive will receive one month's membership free, five weeks free of the Washington Business Journal, a free copy of the chamber's member list of 1,200 businesses and other incentives.

For information about the chamber, call 703-777-2176. To volunteer for the membership drive, call the chamber; Cheryl Beebe, of Key Bank & Trust Co., at 703-443-1212; or Pam Nehls, of ERA Teachers Real Estate, at 703-742-6900.

The chamber will host a World Wide Web strategy workshop for small businesses from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Holiday Inn on Route 7 in Leesburg. The monthly "dinner plus tips" networking event will take place at 6 p.m., right before the workshop. To register for either event, call the chamber.

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.