New Screens in Ashburn

Consolidated Theatres plans to build a 16-screen multiplex at the Town Center at Brambleton in Ashburn. The 60,000-square-foot facility will feature 3,000 high-back rocker seats with cup holders and wall-to-wall screens equipped with Dolby Digital, Digital Theater Systems and Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, said Anthony L. Soave, chief executive officer of Brambleton LLC.

The Town Center at Brambleton, scheduled to open in late 2005 or early 2006, will have 300,000 square feet of retail space, including Loudoun's first Harris Teeter grocery store, and 200,000 square feet of office space.

Cowpie Open House

Cowpie Compost , a new state-of-the-art forced aeration compost facility, holds an open house from noon to 3 p.m. today at 10337 Messick Rd., Midland. 540-439-3356 or

Networking Breakfast Set

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly networking business showcase breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. today 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

Golfers Raise $15,000

This year's annual AH&T insurance brokerage charity golf tournament raised $15,000 for Loudoun Interfaith Relief.

The tournament took place Sept. 22 at the Bull Run Golf Club in Haymarket.

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 today. The classes will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free, but 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, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. The event 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 Dr. NW. For more information, contact Betsy Fields, Leesburg's economic development director, at 703-771-2727 or

Small-Business Seminars

* "Legal Considerations for Your Business," 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, is a part of a series of seminars hosted by the Lord Fairfax Community College Small Business Development Center. It will cover such topics as management structure, licensing requirements, leases, buy-sell provisions, insurance, common contract provisions and succession planning. 6480 College St., Warrenton. To register or for more information, please contact the Small Business Development Center office at 540-351-1595 or send an e-mail to For more information about the seminars and the center's programs, visit

* "Marketing 101: Low Cost Marketing for Small Businesses," 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, hosted by the Loudoun County Small Business Development Center. Laura B. Poindexter, the principal of Laurabcreative, a small business marketing and graphic design studio in Sterling, will discuss why you need a marketing plan, how to create one, how to assess if your marketing plan is working, how to improve and expand your current marketing, and how to market for next to nothing. Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd. NW, Leesburg. Free, but space is limited, and registration is required by calling 703-430-7222 or e-mailing

* A seminar on starting your own business, 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 21, hosted by the Loudoun County Small Business Development Center. Caroline Mansi, a small-business specialist, will lead participants through the essential steps to starting a small business. Terry Corle, a marketing and insurance specialist, will give 21 marketing tips and discuss what types of insurance are needed for small businesses. Highlights will include taxes, licensing, accounting and record keeping, business plan development, sources of financing, marketing and insurance. A discussion will follow the presentation. 6-8:30 p.m., Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free, but space is limited, and registration is required by calling 703-430-7222 or e-mailing

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

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