Celebrating Loudoun County’s Small Businesses
Loudoun County honored its best small businesses at the 17th Annual Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards, sponsored by Middleburg Bank.
I had the honor of attending the 17th annual Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards that was held on November 2nd and I left the event that night very impressed by the enthusiasm and talent of our county’s entrepreneurs.
For those who aren’t familiar with the event, this ceremony recognizes the best businesses in Loudoun County in nine different categories. However, winning is no easy task. Not only is the competition intense, but getting through the process of nominations, reviews and voting is no small feat.
As all of the nominees for this year’s awards know, this economic downturn has forced businesses to adapt to the changes that have rocked the best business plans. The companies that were honored at the Small Business Awards have learned valuable business lessons that have enabled them to flourish during these tough economic times.
Middleburg Bank was once again the Platinum Sponsor of the Small Business Awards. Even though we are the leading community bank in Loudoun County, we are still a small business and, just like each of the finalists for the Small Business Awards, we have to compete every day to gain new clients and keep the ones we have. So I have a deep appreciation for the achievements of every business nominated for one of these awards.
The winners of this year’s Small Business Awards are all very successful businesses and I’d like to congratulate each of them on their accomplishments:
- Small Business of the Year: Coveros, Inc.
- Entrepreneur of the Year: Scott Harris, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, LLC
- Franchisee of the Year: Comfort Suites Leesburg
- Home Based Business of the Year: WD Designs
- Non Profit of the Year: Waterford Foundation, Inc.
- Retailer of the Year: J & L Interiors, LLC
- Rural Business of the Year: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, LLC
- Service Business of the Year: Modern Mechanical
- Technology Business of the Year: Semper Technology, Inc.
I’m sure the entrepreneurs at the Small Business Awards would agree we are fortunate that we do business here in Loudoun County and across Northern Virginia. Even though this area continues to be impacted by the downturn, we have been relatively sheltered from the sharp economic downturn that has hit many parts of the country.
So, even though the dollars may not be flowing as freely as they once did, people here can afford to buy the goods and services that our local businesses provide. As I travel around Virginia, people say to me how lucky I am to be based “up there” in northern Virginia. While I know business is not what it used to be, I’d still rather be doing business here than in many other parts of this country.
We know that running a business is tough, even in the best of times. So we’d welcome the opportunity to talk with you about your business and how Middleburg Bank can help you manage your money, expand your business and plan for a successful future. Just give us a call or stop by any of our offices.
Gary R. Shook
President & CEO