Loudoun Small Biz News

People You Should Know: Karen Turner, ECHOworks

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This month we chatted with Karen Turner, a 15-year employee of ECHOworks. For more than 35 years, ECHO has provided individualized employment, training and social opportunities to Loudoun residents with disabilities. Find out how Karen and her team of hardworking program participants can help convert your old paper documents, send out mailings – and who knows — maybe even clean out that dusty storage closet.

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Crisis Communication Tips: It Can Happen to You

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No matter how large or small your business, crisis can come calling in the middle of the night and last a long time. For small business owner Tracy Weise, co-founder and president of Weise Communications and manager of public relations for the Medical Center of Aurora, Colorado, last year’s mass shooting at a local movie theater meant fielding more than 300 media inquiries just in the first 36 hours of the crisis.

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Don’t Ignore the Call

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Call it social entrepreneurship, civic engagement, or just plain volunteering – they’re all variations on the model of community service. For the entrepreneur working night and day to advance a business, the concept of sacrificing time to participate with local charitable and civic organizations might seem counterintuitive. The benefits, however, should not be overlooked.

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