Chambers Honors Owen, Northern Virginia Orthodontics

Northern Virginia Orthodontics in Brambleton was named the county’s small business of the year at the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Small Business Awards.

It was the second award of the evening for Northern Virginia Orthodontics, which also won Health and Wellness Business of the Year. Casey Peterson pointed out the business’s charitable giving—over $1.2 million donated to worthy causes, along with a dollar donated from each cup at the nation’s first Starbucks inside a medical office. This year, the company is also forming a nonprofit, the NVO Foundation.

“We’ve had the same goals from day one, and that’s been to impact this community not just inside our office, but outside,” said Janelle Arrighi. “We’ve built a culture that is really unlike any other and we’re really proud of it.”

The People’s Choice award went to Tarara Winery.

“As we’ve grown we’ve had incredible neighbors and incredible partners that really drive us forward, and it’s those partners that really keep us going,” said winemaker and general manager Jordan Harris.

And the evening’s other top honor, entrepreneur of the year, went to Amy Owen, the executive director of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties.

Owen thanked the chamber for recognizing that nonprofits are also businesses and also entrepreneurial, and said the Community Foundation has grown from pouring about $150,000 in grantmaking funding into the nonprofit community when it started five years ago to nearly $1 million this year.

She closed with a quote from the Talmud: “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”

Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tony Howard remarked that this year’s awards fall during the chamber’s 50th year—five decades that has seen Loudoun transformed from a rural community to one of the biggest technology hubs in the world, and its Chamber of Commerce of the largest in the region.

“The credit really belongs mostly to the small businesses and to the entrepreneurs who helped build this community during that item, including many of those that we are here to honor tonight,” Howard said. “Our small businesses and the entrepreneurs that launch them are not just responsible for creating jobs and tax revenues and economic opportunities—they comprise the essential fabric of our community. That’s why this event is really about so much more than just awards.”

The evening’s other winners include Blue Lion Multimedia, virtual business of the year; EatLoco, destination business of the year; Habitat for Humanity, nonprofit organization of the year; Dominion Tea, main street business of the year; ParkMyCloud, technology innovator of the year; and Comfenergy, superior service business of the year. It was also Blue Lion Multimedia and owner Marty Shoup’s first year producing the event.

“I just want to say, please support your community,” Shoup said. “When you do that, everyone wins.”

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