Ashburn Man Tapped by Computer Tots

Computer Tots/Computer Explorers of Great Falls has hired Ashburn resident James R. White to help expand its children's technology classes in Loudoun County.

White will be responsible for forming partnerships with area preschools, elementary schools and such organizations as day-care centers.

White has worked for several telecommunications and management consulting firms in the Washington area and in Britain. He now runs a consulting firm from his home.

"I decided to stop moving around," he said, adding that he chose to settle in Loudoun because it is where "Norman Rockwell charm meets George Jetson opportunity."

Computer Tots had wanted to expand its presence in Loudoun, and when White heard, he contacted the company and asked whether there might be a position for him, he said. White, who has a 6-year-old son, said he had been looking for a way to combine his technology background with his desire to teach.

White recently led the citizen action group Unite Us Loudoun in its effort to represent consumer interests in the Cablevision of Loudoun sale to Adelphia Communications Corp.

Profit Up for Middleburg Bank Parent

Middleburg Bank's parent company, Independent Community Bankshares Inc., reported net income of $999,000 for the third quarter, up 32 percent from the same quarter a year ago.

The Middleburg company, which also operates Tredegar Trust Co. in Richmond, cited growth in loans and deposits as the primary reason for the increase.

Event to Explore Loudoun-D.C. Tourism

The Loudoun Tourism Council will hold its November "coffee talk" meeting from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Holiday Inn Dulles on Sully Road.

The guest speaker will be Chuck Morse, director of membership development for the Washington Convention and Visitors Association. Morse will discuss how Loudoun and the District can work together to boost tourism in the area.

The event is free. To register, call the council at 703-771-2617.

Anyone involved with the Loudoun tourism industry is invited. The council's coffee talks, which have run for two years, are networking events.

All About Small-Business Start-Ups

The Loudoun County Small Business Development Center will hold a start-up workshop from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Eastern Loudoun Regional Library.

The center's executive director, Heidi Sheppard, will discuss the steps in starting a company and offer information on various programs available to entrepreneurs in the area. The workshop is free.

The center will hold its annual tax seminar from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 on the fourth floor of the Marymount University facility in Countryside Shopping Center. The seminar will provide an overview of small-business tax requirements, discuss recent changes in tax law and offer tips on reducing taxes. The cost is $20 before Dec. 1 and $25 after.

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

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