Farmers Cultivate Web Site

LoudounFarms.com, a directory on the World Wide Web of local farms and farm products that was designed by two local farmers and a partner, was launched last week.

The Web site, www.loudounfarms.com, was designed by Debbie and Scott Williamson, owners of Butterfly Bend Farm, a certified organic farm in Lovettsville. With their partner, Jasdip Singh, they also founded Two5 Inc., an Internet company in Lovettsville. Under the name Two5, the partners hope to design an even larger agricultural site, a network of local farms that would include areas for news, networking and electronic commerce.

Small-Business Award Nominations

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce is asking for nominations for its 1999 Small Business Awards. The chamber will honor the award winners at a banquet Nov. 18 at the Holiday Inn on Route 7 in Leesburg.

Nominations are being accepted in the following categories: entrepreneur of the year; small business; retail; service businesses; products; home-based businesses; agribusinesses; and high-tech businesses.

The deadline for nominations is Oct. 21. Forms can be obtained by calling the chamber at 703-777-2176 or by visiting the chamber's Web site at www.loudounchamber.org.

Sponsors for the awards ceremony also are needed. Anyone who is interested should call the chamber or send an e-mail to Randy Collins at president@loudounchamber.org.

Small-Business Workshops

The Loudoun County Small Business Development Center will sponsor a financial workshop from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Eastern Loudoun Regional Library in the Cascades Marketplace. Larry Falk, of LLF Business Advisory Services, will offer advice on reading basic financial statements, calculating financial ratios and using financial data to help in managing a business.

The center will hold another workshop from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the library for individuals considering starting small businesses. Heidi Sheppard, executive director of the center, will discuss the steps to starting a company. She also will offer tips on finding programs aimed at helping new entrepreneurs.

To register for either program, call the center at 703-430-7222.

Regis Group Names Vice President

Mark J. Lardieri has been promoted to vice president for corporate services at Regis Group Inc., a management and strategy consulting firm in Leesburg.

Lardieri has coordinated the Regis Group's consulting activities for the last four years. He received a master's of business administration degree in 1993 from the University of Baltimore and an undergraduate degree in economics from Towson State University in 1989. Lardieri has volunteered with the Virginia Special Olympics for the last six years.

Lardieri, his wife, Christi, and their two children plan to move to Leesburg soon.

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