Leesburg, VA (May 18, 2015) – The Leesburg Town Council and Leesburg Economic Development Commission honored outstanding Leesburg businesses and business owners at the 14th annual Leesburg Business Awards before a large and enthusiastic crowd at the Tally Ho Theatre on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.
“Celebrating the Leesburg community with the annual awards is invigorating,” said Marantha Edwards, Leesburg’s Economic Development Director. “There are phenomenal stories from businesses of all sizes and shapes in Leesburg and that is what makes this business community so dynamic.”
The winners & honorable mentions in each of the eleven 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: Kalani Consulting, Inc.
Honorable Mention: SimbaCom
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. The range of assistance could be volunteerism, relief efforts, or other community service issues.
Winner: Not Bossy Girls and Feed A Kid
Honorable Mention: Super Target Leesburg Store #1874
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: The Marshall House
Honorable Mention: Loudoun Veg
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: Leesburg Diner
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: Bow Tie Strategies
Honorable Mention: Loudoun Clear Marketing 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
Honorable Mention: Cutthroat Yarn
New Business Award – Celebrates a new business or organization registered as a new business in Leesburg between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014, that is respectful of Leesburg’s past and represents the best of the Town’s future.
Winner: Picket Fence Realty LLC
Honorable Mention: Hershey’s Shake Shop
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: Doris Kidder
Honorable Mention: Art Together LLC
Veterans Affairs Award – Celebrates an individual, business or organization that supports veterans of all conflicts.
Winner: Sweats for Vets (VFW Post 1177, Knights of Columbus Holy Family Council 6831, Frank Nauer and Phil Rusciolelli)
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: LoCo Art Studio
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: Stilson Greene
Honorable Mention: Dr. Daphne McQuarter
In addition, the following businesses were recognized as the Town’s newest Legacy Businesses, each celebrating 25 years of operation in Leesburg in 2015:
- Avionics Communications, Inc.
- Clendenin Environmental
- Dulles Jeep Kia Subaru
- Dulles Medical Group LLC
- Leesburg Yong’s Auto Restoration
- M&M General Services
- One Main Financial, Inc.
- Pier 1 Imports #746
- PR Construction & Development Company
- Schwann’s Home Service, Inc.
- Sperry Air Services
- Dorothy Thibault LCSW
- Updegrove, Combs, & McDaniel PLC
- Elizabeth D. Whiting, Esq
The Leesburg Town Council and the Leesburg Economic Development Commission congratulate all of the award nominees, honorable mentions 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 AAA-rated community of 15,000 households and more than 2,800 businesses. A town of unparalled authenticity, Leesburg is the seat of Loudoun County, one of the fastest growing counties in the country.