Security Directory Planned

The Greater Washington Initiative, a regional economic development marketing organization, is developing the first directory of network security companies in the Washington region. Its release is planned during the Homeland & Global Security Summit March 3-5 at the Washington Convention Center.

The Greater Washington Network Security Directory will be an online tool for companies worldwide to identify potential partners or suppliers in the Washington region and could be used by regional business and government leaders. It will be distributed to firms interested in purchasing network security hardware or services.

Directory listings are free, but a brief survey is required. It can be obtained from Danielle Misko at 202-857-5982 and daniellemisko@bot.org. Surveys may also be found at www.greaterwashington.org/networksecuritysurvey.htm.

The summit, organized by Equity International, features the latest information on homeland security programs and spending. Federal officials and corporate leaders are scheduled to speak at this two-day event. For more information and to register, visit www.globalsecurity.bz.

Semmes Named Coordinator

The new Main Street Loudoun (MSL) coordinator is Martha Mason Semmes, former planning and zoning administrator for Middleburg. MSL is a countywide program launched Jan. 9 to help volunteers implement economic revitalization and historic preservation efforts in their communities.

Seemes has worked as planning director for Leesburg and as a consultant for various Virginia communities.

The program is composed of representatives appointed by member communities, including Bill Gallant of Hamilton, Susie Windham of Purcellville, Karen Jones of Leesburg, Betsy Davis of Middleburg, Richard Efthim of Lovettsville and John Heyner of Round Hill.

The Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association contributes staff resources and assists in funding the program's Web site. The county government will initially house the program in the Department of Economic Development and fund the Main Street Loudoun coordinator position.

MSL partnership meetings will be held the second Thursday of every month and are open to the public. Those interested in volunteering should call 703-777-0426.

OSHA Training Seminar Set

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce will offer a Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) training seminar conducted by Perry Ballard, president of Ballard Safety Consulting in Leesburg, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 11-12 at Old Dominion University, 21335 Signal Hill Plaza, Sterling.

Topics include how to gain Labor Department recognition for authorized OSHA training, tips on how to avoid OSHA citations, how to create a safer working environment, how to influence employees' attitudes about safety and how to reduce insurance costs.

The seminar is open to anyone who works in an environment that has safety issues. The class will provide information necessary to inform and train employees and to design and implement employee protection programs. The cost is $400 a person for chamber members and $500 for nonmembers. Lunch is included.

For information and a registration form, call 703-777-2176.

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