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Leesburg’s 2018 Business Award Winners Announced
Leesburg, VA (May 17, 2018) – The Leesburg Town Council and Leesburg Economic Development Commission honored outstanding Leesburg businesses and business owners at the 17th annual Leesburg Business Awards at the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.
“We are proud of all our Leesburg small businesses,” said Eric Byrd, chair of the Leesburg Economic Development Commission. “It's no small thing to start and grow a business. We want to honor some of the businesses and people who support the Leesburg business community and stand out among their peers.”
This year’s winners 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, and grow a business, and bring attention and recognition to the community.
- Winner: ProJet Aviation
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 in to the Leesburg community to assist others.
- Winner: The Painted Tiger Art Studio, LLC
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: Loudoun Habitat ReStore
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: Lightfoot Restaurant
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: Happy Pets Petsitting
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, changing old things to new things, or simply new things.
- Winner: Omnilert
New Business Award - Celebrates a new business started in 2017 that is respectful of Leesburg’s past and represents the best of the town’s future.
- Winner: The Clay and Metal Loft
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.
- Winner: O’Neil Architects
Veterans Affairs Award - Celebrates an individual, business or organization that supports veterans of all conflicts.
- Winner: Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes
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: Cowbell Kitchen
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.
- Winner: Marantha Edwards
In addition, the following businesses were recognized as the Town’s newest Legacy Businesses, each celebrating 25 years of operation in Leesburg in 2018:
- AV-ED Flight School
- Deli South
- Edward D Jones & Associates
- Diana F Hott, LCSW
- Multi-Flora Plant Company
- Rosenthal & Rosenthal, LLC
- Ruby Tuesday
- Shenandoah Exxon
- Sue Phillips Day Care
- T & M Electric
- Taco Bell
- The Tire Shop
- UBS Inc.
- Waterborne Environmental
The Leesburg Town Council and the Leesburg Economic Development Commission congratulate all of the award nominees and winners.
About the Town of Leesburg: Located 35 miles from the nation’s capital and 15 miles from Washington Dulles International Airport, Leesburg, Virginia, is a vibrant Triple AAA rated community of nearly 16,000 households and more than 2,800 businesses. A town of unparalleled authenticity, Leesburg is the seat of Loudoun County, one of the fastest growing counties in the country.
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