Biz Briefs

Mixer: How To Boost Gov’t Contracting Biz

The George Washington University’s Virginia Science & Technology Campus will host a Technology Acceleration Zone Mixer next week.
The free event starts at 2:30 to p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the university’s Virginia campus, at 20101 Academic Way in Ashburn.

It is a chance for those in the government contracting industry to learn how to increase business with transformative technologies. Representatives from AOC Key Solutions, EzGovOpps, Launch Dream and others in the industry will present their best solutions, as well as new strategies and practices to land more contracting opportunities.

GW’s Technology Acceleration Zone is a partnership with Launch Dream LLC to bring public and private sectors together to build better, faster and more cost effective business technology solutions and help grow the regional technology economy. For a full agenda and to register, go to Those interested in sponsorship opportunities can email [email protected]

Chamber’s Legislative Reception Tuesday

Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce’s Non-Profit Initiative hosts its fifth annual Legislative Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17.

The chamber invites members of the nonprofit scene to enjoy an elegant evening of networking with local and state elected representatives.

The event will be held at River Creek Club, 43800 Olympic Blvd. in Leesburg. Cost is $40 for chamber members, $55 for non-members. Register at

National Eyes On Purcellville Rye

Purcellville-based Catoctin Creek Distilling Company received national attention recently when its Roundstone Rye was named one of the best whiskeys made outside of Kentucky.

The USA Today 10Best list identified the 10 best whiskeys, bourbons and ryes made outside of the Bluegrass State.

That list included Roundstone Rye, a small-batch, single barrel whisky made from scratch at the company’s Purcellville headquarters.

“Once again, Roundstone Rye is being recognized for its excellence alongside some of the best craft spirits in America today,” Catoctin Creek Founder Scott Harris said of the honor.

Workshop: Demystifying Social Media

The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce will examine the topic of Demystifying Social Media as part of its Small Business Workshop Series, from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19.

The workshop features Lisa Karl, partner at Savvy Digital Business. She brings 25 years of writing, research and marketing experience to developing social strategies for small businesses that work.

“Social media is still a powerful free platform that can grow your business if you use it correctly and temper expectations,” Karl stated. “Learn some simple ways to use any social media platform to enhance authority, build reputation and drive sales.”

The workshop will be held in the chamber’s conference, 19301 Winmeade Drive, Suite 210, in Lansdowne.

Cost is $20 for chamber members, $35 for non-members. Register at

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