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Loudoun Economic Development Blog

Information on Loudoun's businesses, both big and small, as well as focused information on the DED's key business sectors and events.

Jul 10

Virginia's Mentor Farmers: Doug Fabbioli

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 3:41 PM by Kona Gallagher


As part of our Rural Business Strategy, the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development has partnered with Virginia Cooperative Extension-Loudoun and Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to create the Virginia Certified Farm Mentor Program. The idea behind the program is to have the experienced certified farmers provide assistance to beginning farmers in areas including field and crop planning, farm management, buying and selling livestock, organic production, and marketing. Recently, four Loudoun farmers graduated from the program, earning their mentor certifications. 

Doug Fabbioli, owner of Fabbioli Cellars in Lucketts, is one of the first graduates. Fabbioli brought his love of wine to Loudoun County in 1997, when he accepted a job as a winemaker at Tarara Winery. In 2001, he began growing grapes on his own 25-acre parcel of land in Lucketts. These Merlot and Petit Verdot vines became the genesis for Fabbioli Cellars.

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Jul 09

Making Your Company's Facebook Page Work for You

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 3:59 PM by Kona Gallagher

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Chances are, you're one of more than one billion active users on Facebook. There's even a pretty good chance that your company is one of 25 million small business pages housed on the social network - but are you taking full advantage of your Facebook presence?

In the face of Facebook's constantly changing algorithms, it's sometimes difficult to know if you're making an impact. Are you effectively reaching your current and potential customers, or is your voice getting drowned out?

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Jul 01

Buddy Rizer Discusses Data Center Trends at DICE

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 9:48 AM by Kona Gallagher

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Recently, DED Director Buddy Rizer spoke on a panel at DICE, a data center conference sponsored by BisNow. This year's event featured more than 500 data center, real estate and facilities professionals discussing the latest trends in data center investment, engineering and development.

Rizer's panel focused on data center location and discussed potential considerations that companies make when choosing where to build, and pitfalls that they run into. The need for inexpensive, abundant power was discussed, along with the importance energy efficiency in the building process. With data centers occupying such a large footprint and requiring a great amount of electricity and cooling, the point was made that not making these buildings as efficient as possible is tantamount to throwing money away.

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