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July 8, 2019

Biz Buzz: Hospital nurse earns national award

Fauquier Health nurse Emily Moulton honored for infection prevention work, and Craig Batchelor joins Walker Jones law firm.
Moulton honored for infection prevention

Emily Moulton, formerly a registered nurse at Fauquier Hospital, recently earned a national award for her work in infection prevention.

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology presented Ms. Moulton with the 2019 William A. Rutala Abstract Award. It recognizes her work related to adenosine triphosphate (ATP) testing.

The testing uses technology to determine cleanliness on different environmental surfaces. Ms. Moulton’s work also focused on engaging and educating the hospital staff on proper cleaning and disinfection procedures in the perioperative area.

“With Fauquier Health being a LifePoint Health hospital, it is a very exciting time to be recognized on a national level for the hard work and dedication we have devoted to keep the patients at our hospitals safe,” said LifePoint Director of Infection Prevention Tracy Louis.

Ms. Moulton received the award last month during the association’s annual conference in Philadelphia.

A nurse for six years, she joined the association in 2017.

Batchelor joins Walker Jones

Craig Batchelor, an attorney with 11 years of experience, has joined the Walker Jones law firm in Warrenton.

A Florida native, Mr. Batchelor earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the College of William & Mary and his law degree from the University of the District of Columbia. He has been licensed to practice law in Virginia since 2008 and in D.C. since 2009.

His practice focuses on tax planning, trusts and estate planning and administration, and business law, including business organization and business succession planning.

Mr. Batchelor lives in Sperryville. The firm, with 11 lawyers, also has an office in Washington, Va.

Young entrepreneur project wins grant

A Fauquier County proposal to encourage and nurture young entrepreneurs has received an $83,000 grant from Go Virginia.

The county economic development department will partner with Fauquier public schools, Orange County and its school system, Culpeper County and Louisa County, as well as the Wakefield School in the Plains and Lord Fairfax Community College.

The grant will fund the launch of pilot programs in Fauquier and Orange County schools and at Wakefield. Lord Fairfax will work with the group to explore ways to link its community college courses to those in the high schools to help establish and clarify career pathways in entrepreneurship. Each of the participating organizations also will outline ways to stimulate young entrepreneurs.

The project, which runs for the next year, also will produce a resource guide that will be available to other schools and organizations for developing programs for young entrepreneurs.

“This is a natural extension of our current efforts to assist local entrepreneurs, in that we can now help fill the pipeline by finding and encouraging young entrepreneurs in our communities,” Fauquier Economic Development Director Miles Friedman said.

The project will complement the county program, which has three business incubators, and GO Virginia’s effort to build a “regional innovation ecosystem,” Mr. Friedman added.

Jennifer Goldman, the owner of Resonance LLC, will serve as the project director. Ms. Goldman also manages the Fauquier Enterprise Centers at Vint Hill and Marshall.

Local firm going to the White House

The Little Burros of Warrenton will participate in the third annual Made in America Product Showcase at the White House on Monday, July 15.

Founded in 2013, the family-owned company makes innovative garden tools. One of its products, The Burro Buddy for wheelbarrow organization, has gained the attention from retailers nationwide.

The Little Burros will represent Virginia at the White House showcase. Businesses from each of the 50 states have been invited to display products made and produced in the United States.

The company’s products will soon launch nationwide in Sam’s Club. The company plans to donate a portion of its sales to A21 to battle human trafficking, both locally and globally, in honor of Rebecca Thorsen, one of its late founders.

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