Gallery to Open Ceramics Studio

EastMeetsWest Handcrafts Gallery on South King Street in Leesburg invites the public to the opening of a Paint Your Own Pottery studio from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 18. Customers can paint a tile for $8.

The studio will carry decorated ceramic pieces, with paints, stencils and tools for customers to create a ceramic piece, which will be ready for pickup in seven business days after being fired in a kiln.

EastMeetsWest has a private party room for showers, birthday parties, office gatherings and other events. The store will continue to sell cultural crafts and local handcrafted pottery.

Buyer/Seller Information Exchange

Local vendors are invited to the 2003 Loudoun County Purchasing Department's Buyer/Seller Information Exchange to meet the county's purchasing staff and learn about the procurement process.

The session will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Lovettsville Room of the County Government Center, 1 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg. To reserve a seat, call 703-777-0403.

Forum on Economy, Markets

David R. Weimer, the Edward Jones Investment representative in Ashburn, will host a free program at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28, featuring Hugh Sidey, Time magazine political writer. Sidey and Edward Jones financial experts will discuss their outlook on the country, the economy and financial markets for 2003. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 703-723-0510.

Business Development Seminar

The Loudoun County Small Business Development Center will hold a seminar on financing for women- and minority-owned businesses. Brett Sheffield, who has been with the Virginia Department of Business Assistance for three years, will discuss loan assistance and guaranty programs, the economic development loan fund, child day-care financing and financing options for entrepreneurs.

The program is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. To register, call 703-430-7222.

Using Technology in Small Business

The technology committee of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce will hold the first in a series of hands-on training classes next Thursday on how to use technology in small business.

Topics for "Tech Talk: Brown Bag Seminar Series" include hardware, software, networks, Web sites, graphic design and ways to use the Internet in business. The two-hour, bring-your-lunch seminars will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Old Dominion University, 21335 Signal Hill Plaza, Sterling.

The first seminar will be an overview of business hardware for small-business owners, including how to assess hardware needs, options on the market and how to buy for the short and long term.

Register for the series at www.loudounchamber.org. Cost per seminar is $10 for Loudoun Chamber members, $15 for non-members. For more information, call Jennifer Hoffman at 703-421-2688.

Please fax items for Thursday's business page to Amy Joyce at 703-777-8437, mail them to The Washington Post, Suite 100-A, 305 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg, Va. 20175, or e-mail joycea@washpost.com.