Candidates Queried

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce asked candidates in the Nov. 8 state and local elections to fill out a questionnaire, responding to such queries as, "What is the chief factor that differentiates you from your opponent?"

Their responses left the distinct impression that they think that they are pro-business and that their opponents are not.

"Unlike my opponent who has raised taxes in every office he has held, I believe in lower taxes to stimulate our economy in order to create jobs and opportunity." -- Jerry W. Kilgore, Republican candidate for Virginia governor.

"I am always straightforward and honest. I do not make promises I can't keep." -- H. Russell Potts Jr., independent candidate for governor.

"I believe we need to foster a pro-business environment in Virginia, my opponent is very anti-business." -- William T. Bolling, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor.

"My opponent has failed to use his office to benefit Loudoun's economy, promoting a narrow ideological agenda." -- David E. Poisson, candidate for the House of Delegates in the 32nd District.

Eleven candidates, including Democratic gubernatorial contender Timothy M. Kaine, did not respond to the business group's questionnaire.

The Salary Beat

Remember that Flyi Inc., the parent company of Dulles-based Independence Air, hired a new chief financial officer a couple of weeks ago to replace Richard J. Surratt, who took a job at a Michigan-based electronic publishing firm?

Well, now Flyi has disclosed what it is paying Surratt's replacement, David Asai.

Asai's annual salary is $190,000, according to a Flyi filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Banks and More Banks

Arlington-based Virginia Commerce Bancorp Inc., parent of Virginia Commerce Bank, plans to open three or four branches in Loudoun and in "other new markets" by the end of the year. The company reported earnings of $5.3 million in the third quarter this year, up 39.2 percent from the same period in 2004.

Marshall National Bank and Trust opened its first branch in Loudoun this week at 2 W. Washington St. in Middleburg. The Fauquier County bank will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Dec. 1.

Remodeling Loudoun

Bowa Builders Inc., a home remodeling company, has opened an office on East Washington Street in Middleburg.

The McLean-based company said the office will target homeowners in Loudoun and Fauquier counties where "there's a growing market for custom home and large-scale remodeling," said Joe Burke, Bowa's western division manager. "We're not interested in competing with residential developers, though. We want to help homeowners in these markets to improve upon what's already there."

Burke said Bowa has completed many equestrian projects, including barns and indoor arenas, and he called the Loudoun and Fauquier markets a natural fit, given the growth of the region and the interest in horseback riding.

Jobs for Veterans

Military veterans seeking jobs, and employers who want to hire veterans, should visit the Loudoun Employment Resource Center at 102 Heritage Way NE, Suite 200, Leesburg, on Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 703-803-0000 for more information.

Cash for Trash

The Loudoun County Office of Solid Waste Management is urging local businesses to recycle and possibly make money along the way.

"Rather than disposing of everything as waste, why not possibly cut costs through recycling paper and cardboard? Your business may even be able to generate new revenue from recycling other lesser-known materials," said Ann Sanford, the county's environmental compliance specialist.

For more information, call the Loudoun County recycling hotline at 703-771-5318 or visit www.loudoun.gov/oswm/recycle/biz.htm.

Dates to Watch

Nov. 9: The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority's 15th annual business opportunity seminar at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. The free seminar will focus on opportunities for small businesses. Register at www.metwashairports.com/contracting/bos15.htm.

Nov. 10: The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce's business showcase networking breakfast at Belmont Country Club. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for members and $25 for nonmembers. Register by Nov. 8 by calling 703-777-2176 or by sending an e-mail to skeus@loudounchamber.org.

Nov. 17: The chamber of commerce's after-hours business mixer, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Oatlands in Leesburg. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. To register, call 703-777-2176 or send an e-mail to skeus@loudounchamber.org.

-- BILL BRUBAKER

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