New Finance Official

Loudoun County has hired Mark D. Adams as director of management and financial services. Adams, who had been Pittsburgh's assistant finance director since 1999, begins work today.

In Pittsburgh, Adams managed the city's $359 million pension fund and was responsible for budget preparation, cash management and financial information systems. He previously served two years as the city's assistant accounting manager.

Adams also was assistant finance director in Wilkinsburg, Pa., and was a financial consultant and stockbroker for Wheat First Butcher Singer. He served eight years in the Air Force.

In Loudoun, Adams will oversee a new department formed by the merger of the management services and financial services departments. It includes such programs as budget development, management analysis, human resources, training, payroll, benefits, retirement plans, procurement, financial accounting, capital financing and debt management, financial and budgetary reporting, internal control, risk and insurance, real property and land-use assessments, and property records.

Bank Hires Representative

Loudoun National Bank has hired Christine E. Rizzio as a teller and customer service representative. Rizzio, former owner of Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio in Leesburg, will assist customers in opening accounts, CDs and IRAs.

Toy and Scrapbook Stores

Happily Ever After, a toy store devoted to miniatures, dollhouses, Breyer horses, Brio trains and other toys, has opened at 15-A Catoctin Circle in Leesburg. Owners Ann Mizerak and her daughter, Lori Koutsouftikis, said they selected the location because of the equestrian influence in the surrounding area and Leesburg's personal, small-town atmosphere.

Also, the Ashburn Family Scrapbooking Center store has opened in the Broadlands Shopping Center. It is owned by Kely Davis, who started making scrapbooks and keeping a journal when she was 9 years old. 703-858-7733. www.familyscrapbooking.biz.

Small-Business Seminars

The Loudoun County Small Business Development Center will hold a seminar on starting a business from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today. Caroline Mansi, a small-business specialist, will lead participants through the steps for 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 instruction on taxes, licensing, accounting and record keeping, business plan development, sources of financing, marketing and insurance. A discussion period will follow the presentation.

On Wednesday, the center will hold a seminar called "Jump Start Your Federal Government Sales: Learn about Opportunities under $100K." Randall Nossaman, a business opportunity specialist with the Small Business Administration's district office in Washington, will discuss government-wide goals and spending patterns, three core SBA certification programs, small disadvantaged business and 8(a) business development. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Both events will be at Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free, but space is limited and registration is required by calling 703-430-7222 or sending an e-mail to sbdc@loudounsbdc.org.

The Lord Fairfax Community College Small Business Development Center at Fauquier is also offering seminars to assist small businesses.

"Taxes and Licenses for Small Businesses," 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, will offer guidance for navigating local, state and federal regulations for licenses, taxes and fees, and provide contacts and resources.

The seminar will be at the campus, 6480 College St., Warrenton. To register or for more information, contact the Small Business Development Center at 540-351-1595 or send an e-mail to cpadgett@lfsbdc.org. For more information about the seminar, and the center's programs, visit www.lfsbdc.org.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

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