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Pamela Butler and Donna Fortier took home top individual prizes at the Leesburg Business Awards on Wednesday night, with which the Leesburg Town Council and Leesburg Economic Development Commission honored outstanding Leesburg businesses and business owners.

This year marks the 16th annual recognition, which was held at the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center.

“Leesburg is experiencing a high level of new business activity,” said Marantha Edwards, Leesburg’s Economic Development Director. “The Leesburg Business Awards provide evidence that the momentum is positive and fun.”

Fortier is the CEO and founder of Mobile Hope, a nonprofit organization that supports children and young adults who are precariously housed, homeless, or at-risk living in Loudoun County. Mobile Hope began as an extension of Inova Health Services; Fortier expanded the nonprofit into its own organization. The Leesburg Businesses Awards honored her work with the George C. Marshall Award this year.

Butler is an experienced opera and musical performer who has served as a founder and board member on several Northern Virginia arts businesses and nonprofits, including the Leesburg Commission on Public Art, the Friends of Leesburg Public Art, Leesburg Arts & Cultural District Task Force, and the Loudoun Lyric Opera, of which she was founding president. Butler received the Public Art Award this year.

This year’s winners and honorable mentions in each of the award categories are:

Ambassador Award - Celebrates a business or organization that promotes a positive image of Leesburg as a business location or tourist destination. Candidates include businesses or organizations that are leaders in promoting our hometown of the 21st century as the best place to visit, locate a business, or grow an existing business and bring attention and recognition to the community.

Winner: Friends of Leesburg Public Arts
Honorable Mention: Visit Loudoun

Community Steward Award - Celebrates a business or organization that actively contributes its time, talent and resources to community improvement efforts. This category recognizes Leesburg businesses or organizations that go beyond the daily routine of their work to reach deeper into the Leesburg community to assist others. The range of assistance could be volunteerism, relief efforts, or other community service issues.

Winner: Every Citizen Has Opportunities, Inc. (ECHO)
Honorable Mention: AH&T Insurance

Environmental Award - Celebrates a business or organization that leads or participates in activities that benefit the environment through its business practices and policies. These businesses demonstrate the lasting benefit of an environmental program, promotion or event that has had a positive impact of the “green” nature of Leesburg.

Winner: Leesburg Auto Wash
Honorable Mention: Plum Grove (Re)Cyclery

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. This category may include building design and construction consistent with the historic architecture or a business whose practices or programs augment the authenticity of Downtown Leesburg.

Winner: Trinity House Café
Honorable Mention: McLister Enterprises, LLC

Home-Based Business Award - Celebrates the owner of a unique business, operated from a residence located within Leesburg. This category showcases the entrepreneurial spirit in Leesburg to recognize a business that demonstrates innovation in building a solid clientele from its home-based operations.

Winner: Blue Lion Multimedia
Honorable Mention: Cucinamore, LLC

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. Businesses are recognized for originality and invention: old things to new things or simply new things.

Winner: Tryst Gallery
Honorable Mention: Cucinamore, LLC

Public Art Award - Celebrates a business, organization or individual that contributes to the development of the Town’s public art program or actively supports the arts within the Town of Leesburg. Candidates in this category include artists, events or programs that promote Leesburg as a hub of arts and culture.

Winner: Pamela Butler
Honorable Mention: Jim Sisley

Veterans Affairs Award - Celebrates an individual, business or organization that supports veterans of all conflicts.

Winner: Veterans Transition Forum

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: B Doughnut

The George C. Marshall Award - Celebrates an individual who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to the community above and beyond business contributions. Honorees in this category are community leaders who have demonstrated leadership, vision and community service that our esteemed George C. Marshall would have admired. Individuals are not required to be Leesburg residents, but must be connected to a Leesburg business or organization.

Winner: Donna Fortier
Honorable Mention: Rusty Foster

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