Starting a Home-based Virtual Assistant Business. This free workshop helps participants become virtual assistants. 10 to 11 a.m. Leesburg Business Center, 201-F Royal St. SE, Leesburg. Sponsor: Agenda Administrative Services. Web site:


First Impressions Count. Learn how to convey the right messages and make a strong first impression at a business event. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Old Towne Sports Pub, 8971 Center St., Manassas. Sponsor: Kimmey Training and Consulting. Cost: $10. Web site:


Start Your Business. Learn about the procedures for starting a small business. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Comfort Suites, 80 Prosperity Ave., Leesburg. Sponsor: Loudoun Small Business Development Center. Contact: Cathy Campbell, 703-430-7222. Cost: $10, online; $15 at door. Web site:

Converting Invention into Innovation. This free seminar discusses the frontiers of knowledge through university research, creating a vision for addressing pressing problems in national security and developing innovative solutions that are practical and affordable. 5 to 6 p.m., University of Maryland, Kim Building 1107-1111, College Park. Sponsor: A. James Clark School of Engineering. Contact: 301-405-6501. Web site:

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