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July 10, 2018

Biz Buzz: Local music store listed among world’s best

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Founded in 1990, Drum & Strum moved to Warrenton’s Main Street four years ago.
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Sandy Lerner of Upperville last year published “Caticons,” a 300-page book about centuries of feline art.
Drum & Strum makes “Top 100”

A trade association has named Drum & Strum Music in Warrenton one of the “Top 100 Music Stores in the World.”

The 10,000-member National Association of Music Merchants announced the winners June 29.

“The award honors retail music dealers who demonstrate exceptional commitment to their stores, neighborhoods and customers, and share in a vision to create a more musical world through their local communities,” said Joe Lamond, CEO of the global association of music products and retailers.

“It is a great honor to have been included as one of the Top 100 Music Stores in the World,” Drum & Strum owner Tim Dingus said. “There’s some pretty fierce competition out there, and you know you’re doing something right if you’re included among them.”

The owner’s mother, late Gloria Dingus, founded the store in 1990. The business moved to 102 Main St. in 2014.


Fall workshops for female entrepreneurs

Be the Change Foundation in Warrenton has opened registration for its second 12-week series of workshops for female entrepreneurs.

Local professionals lead the workshops on topics that include how to create a business plan, the relationship between profit and loss, keeping the books, marketing, social networking and using social media, legal pitfalls and whether it’s a good idea to hire a relative.

“I really enjoyed the program,” said Warrenton resident Elizabeth Verna, one of the first graduates. “I gained valuable knowledge about small business.

“These personal stories, along with the lesson each week, offered so much insight and encouragement,” Ms. Verna added. “Something I will take with me into my future endeavors is a renewed sense of confidence and plentiful optimism, which I think all small business owners possess.”

Be the Change Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to empower, strengthen and inspire women. The cost of the 12-week series is $250. Financial aid is available.

To register for the series that will start Sept. 11, learn more or ask questions, contact Marianne Clyde at 540-347-3797 or email her at bethechangefound@gmail.com.


Lerner’s book about feline art wins award

Fauquier entrepreneur Sandy Lerner has received the Cat Writers Association President’s Award for her recently released book “Caticons, 4,000 Years of Art Imitating Cats.”

“We are delighted to have presented this award to Sandy for her book,” CWA President Marci Kladnik said. “I selected it because it has it all, from research, stunning photos, captivating anecdotes and attention to tiny details. The personality of the author and her love for cats shows through.”

The writers’ organization presented the award, sponsored by Cat Fanciers’ Association, at its annual conference in Houston.

Ms. Lerner owns two Northern Fauquier food businesses, Hunter’s Head Tavern in Upperville and Gentle Harvest in Marshall. She grows organic produce and raises livestock under humane conditions at her Ayrshire Farm near Upperville in Loudoun County.

Caticons chronicles her 30-year odyssey probing the corners of the art world, catalogues, foreign shores and cyberspace, all in search of the one Cat Thing she did not have, according to a press release. The 300-page book takes readers on a journey, a “catwalk of 4,000 years of Art Imitating Cats and the ways in which humans have expressed their love of and appreciation for all things feline.”
 
The book spans four millennia, five continents and virtually every genre of decorative arts, including works by Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti, Fragonard, Manet, Fabergé, Tiffany, Lanvin and others.
 
Ms. Lerner famously co-founded Cisco Systems.


Free government contracting workshop set

A free workshop on federal and state contracting will take place Friday, Aug. 3, in Warrenton.

Presented by the Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program, it will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Warrenton-Fauquier Visitor Center at 33 N. Calhoun St.

The seminar targets companies new to government contracting.

Part 1 will cover federal contracts, with emphasis on the essentials of starting and growing a government contracting business and develop your strategy for business development with government agencies and prime contractors, along with:

• How to register to become a federal contractor.

• Small business set-asides and their use.

• How to present your company in the federal market.

• How federal agencies buy.

Virginia PTAP Director Anna Urman will lead the session.

Part 2 will cover selling to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

It will explain how to get SWaM (small, woman-owned or minority-owned) certified and how to register on the eVA system to do business with the commonwealth.

Each year, the state buys goods and services totaling more than $8 billion. The Commonwealth of Virginia wants to increase participation of small, women owned and minority-owned businesses.

Chris Tran Ley, business services manager of the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, will lead the session.

For more information, contact Alice Felts at the Mason Enterprise Center in Warrenton at 540-216-7100 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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