A Shop for Horse Lovers

All the King's Horses, an equine art gallery and gift store, has opened in an old carriage house on South King Street in Leesburg. Owner Monica Dibella said she located in Leesburg because of Loudoun County's stature as horse country and the proximity to Morven Park International Equestrian Center. 703-777-7989 or www.AllKingsHorses.com.

Opening Their Doors

Leesburg Mayor Kristen C. Umstattd will take part in three ribbon-cuttings this week.

The first, at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, is for Madisonbelle, a boutique for women over 30, at 5 Loudoun St. SE. The event is timed to coincide with Leesburg's First Friday. Madisonbelle customers will be able to take part in "Fashion Cents," a program in which they can increase their transactions to the next dollar amount, with the difference in cents being donated to a charity.

The charity will change every two months; the first is the ALS Association. 703-443-1790.

The second ribbon-cutting is at noon Saturday for Xuan Saigon, a Vietnamese restaurant at 11 Fort Evans Rd. NE. It is owned by the Nguyen family, who immigrated in 1974 and came to Leesburg in 1986.

At 5 p.m. Saturday, Umstattd will cut the ribbon for the opening of the Eclectic Gourmet and Lindsay's Salon in Leesburg and attend one-year celebrations for Penny Lane and Joe Latham Guitars and Repair.

The businesses are all in The Shops of South King and Royal Streets, also known as the "Solo District" (South of Loudoun Street at South King and Royal).

The celebrations, which include door prizes, will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. Blues singer Cathy Ponton-King will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. Cris Lindsay, owner of Lindsay's Salon, will be raising funds to build a $45,000 home on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Lindsay is a volunteer for the Red Feather Development Group, a nonprofit organization that helps Native Americans build and renovate homes and other structures on reservations. Two years ago she collected more than 10,000 children's books, 517 new backpacks and thousands of school supplies that were delivered to the Northern Cheyenne and Crow reservations in Montana.

The new project will kick off from 4 to 7 p.m. at her salon, 2 Royal St. SW. The phone number is 703-777-8675.

Learn About Procurement

Loudoun County's procurement division will hold buyer-seller information exchanges to give area businesses an opportunity to meet county staff members and become familiar with the procurement process.

The sessions will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, 2 p.m. Nov. 17 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 14, in the Lovettsville Room on the first floor of the County Government Center, 1 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg.

To reserve a seat, call 703-777-0403 or send an e-mail to sfields@loudoun.gov.

Networking Breakfast Set

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly networking business showcase breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. next Thursday at the Belmont Country Club, 19661 Belmont Manor Lane, Ashburn. A workshop on how to network will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $15 in advance for members, $18 for members at the door and $20 for nonmembers. 703-777-2176 or www.loudounchamber.org.

Workshops on Investing

Jeff Byas of the Potomac Falls branch of Edward Jones financial services company will present six weekly two-hour workshops on investing starting next Thursday. The classes will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free. Seating is limited; call 703-430-9883 to register.

Focus on Home Businesses

Leesburg's Department of Economic Development will hold a forum to determine how to better serve the town's home-based businesses. The event, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 19. will feature speakers as well as booths where participants can consult with a variety of service providers. Free. Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, 60 Ida Lee Drive NW. For more information, call 703-771-2727 or e-mail econdev@leesburgva.gov.

Small-Business Seminars

The Lord Fairfax Community College Small Business Development Center at Fauquier will offer a series of seminars to assist small businesses.

* "Legal Considerations for Your Business," from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19, will cover such topics as choice of business entity, management structure, licensing requirements, leases, buy-sell provisions, insurance, common contract provisions and succession planning.

* "Taxes and Licenses for Small Businesses," from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26, will offer guidance for navigating local, state and federal regulations for licenses, taxes and fees, and provide contacts and resources.

All seminars will be held at the Lord Fairfax Community College campus in Warrenton. To register or for more information, call 540-351-1595, e-mail cpadgett@lfsbdc.org or visit www.lfsbdc.org.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

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