Influential Woman

Kristina Bouweiri, vice president and CEO of Sterling-based Reston Limousine has been chosen for the Washington Business Journal's list of 50 of the region's "most powerful and influential women."

Small-Business Honor

Michael L. Cauldwell, president of Command Technologies Inc. in Warrenton, has received the 2004 Local Small Business Veteran of the Year Award from the Virginia Small Business Development Center. Each center in Virginia recognizes an individual in their area; all the local winners are then nominated for a statewide award presented at the Virginia Department of Business Assistance luncheon in March.

Cauldwell served in the Air Force from 1973 to 1994. His assignments included commander, program manager and research and development engineer. He was president of the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce for 2003, has chaired the Warrenton Spring Festival for four years, sits on the Fauquier Free Clinic board and was recently elected chairman of the Fauquier County Republican Party.

Woodwork Awards

The Architectural Woodwork Institute has presented Gaithersburg Cabinetry & Millwork of Warrenton with its "Lost Time" Accident Achievement Award and Best Safety Achievement Award. The awards recognize woodwork manufacturing members for creating and maintaining a safe work environment. This is the second time in four years the company has received these honors.

New Addresses

Blue Ridge Power Sweeping has opened in Ashburn, offering power cleaning of parking lots for property managers, restaurant and retail businesses, banks, industrial office parks, shopping centers and grocery stores. 703-220-8723 or e-mail BRPowersweeping@hotmail.com.

Norton Sign, a sign and trophy shop, has moved to 501-A East Main St. in Purcellville, next to Mr. Print. 540-338-7807.

Business-Starting Seminar

The Loudoun County Small Business Development Center will offer a "Start Your Business" presentation Tuesday. Beth Hain, a small business specialist, will lead participants through the essential steps for starting a successful 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 of the seminar will include: taxes, licensing, accounting and record-keeping, business plan development, sources of financing, marketing and insurance. A discussion period will follow. 6-8:30 p.m., Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free, but space is limited and registration is required. 703-430-7222 or e-mail sbdc@loudounsbdc.org.

Discuss Financial Data

The Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center in Fauquier County is holding a seminar for small-business owners called "Financial Data for Business Plans," 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday , Lord Fairfax Community College campus, 6480 College St., Warrenton. To register or for more information, call 540-351-1595 or e-mail cpadgett@lfsbdc.org.

Mixer, Awards Event

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Business After Hours Mixer 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at Oatlands Plantation, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg. $5 for chamber members, $10 for nonmembers, Register online at www.loudounchamber.org or call 703-777-2176, Ext. 25.

The chamber will hold its 2004 Small Business Awards event next Thursday at the Lansdowne Resort. For more information, call 703-777-2176 or visit www.loudounchamber.org.

Learn About Procurement

Loudoun County's procurement division will hold buyer-seller information exchange sessions 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. Wednesday 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

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

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