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    Leesburg announces its Small Business Award Winners

    Tally Ho won the Innovations Award at the May 14 Leesburg Small Business Awards. -Times-Mirror/Ben Hancock
    Business leaders from Leesburg gathered May 14 in a full house at the Tally Ho for the 13th Annual Leesburg Small Business Awards.

    Officials from all over Loudoun were also in attendance.

    "Many Leesburg businesses support Loudoun County Public Schools through business partnerships," said Marantha Edwards, Leesburg's director of economic development.

    Edwards went on to explain major developments in HUBZone business and touted major additions to the business community like Orvis and Sweetz Bakery.

    But the town's economic climate isn't just one for new businesses. Jim Sisley, the chair of the Leesburg Economic Development Commission and the emcee for the night noted that the list of companies doing business in Leesburg for at least 25 years was more than 180 names long, with several businesses joining the distinguished list in 2014.

    Wednesday's event recognized both new and old businesses, with awards given in 10 categories: the George C. Marshall Award, the Best New Business Award, the Ambassador Award, the Community Steward Award, the Environmental Award, the Heritage Award, the Home-Based Business Award, Innovations Award, the Public Art Award, Veterans Affairs Award and the Rising Star Award.

    Winners of each of those categories are as follows, with explanations of each of the awards from the Leesburg department of economic development.

    Ambassador Award -
    Celebrates a business or organization that promotes a positive image of Leesburg as a business location or tourist destination.
    Winner: The Cooley Gallery
    Honorable Mention: Crooked Run Brewing

    Community Steward Award -
    Celebrates a business or organization that actively contributes its time, talent and resources to community improvement efforts.
    Winner: Healthy by Nature, Inc.
    Honorable Mention: Mobile Hope

    Environmental Award -
    Celebrates a business or organization that leads or participates in activities that benefit the environment through its business practices and policies.
    Winner: Aloe Design Studios
    Honorable Mention: Loco Beans Coffee

    Heritage Award -
    Celebrates a thriving business or organization that has made a long-term commitment to preserving the integrity and character of Leesburg’s Historic Downtown.
    Winner: Leesburg Today
    Honorable Mention: Madisonbelle

    Home-Based Business Award -
    Celebrates the owner of a unique business, operated from a residence located within Leesburg.
    Winner: Kitts & Son Livestock Hauling

    Innovations Award -
    Celebrates a business or organization that has brought recognition to Leesburg through innovative business ventures, unique product development or other cutting-edge business practices.
    Winner: Tally Ho Theatre
    Honorable Mention: Custom Software Systems

    New Business Award -
    Celebrates a new business or organization started since 2010 that is respectful of Leesburg’s past and represents the best of the Town’s future.
    Winner: CycleLuv
    Honorable Mention: Gentle Family Dentistry

    Public Art Award -
    Celebrates a business or organization that contributes to the development of the Town’s public art program, or actively supports the arts within the Town of Leesburg.
    Winner: Photoworks

    Veterans Affairs Award -
    Celebrates an individual, business or organization that supports veterans of all conflicts.
    Winner: BLS Group, Inc.
    Honorable Mention: Bowtie Strategies, LLC

    The Rising Star Award -
    Celebrates a Leesburg business which has been in operation for less than one year and has set itself apart from other businesses through its exemplary achievements.
    Winner: Voodoo Lunch Box

    The George C. Marshall Award -
    Celebrates an individual who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to the community above and beyond business contributions.
    Winner: Gwen Pangle
    Honorable Mention:v Andy Johnston

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