Prince William Chamber Extra Edition 2021

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THE WINNERS ARE…

FEBRUARY 25, 2021

CHARLES J. COLGAN VISIONARY AWARD

COMMUNITY OUTREACH AWARD

David Brickley

Wegmans Food Markets Inc. – Woodbridge

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EXCELLENCE IN SMALL BUSINESS (1-10 EMPLOYEES)

Professionals By Design

INNOVATIVE PRACTICE OR PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR

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ELEVATE: Building Business and Careers: Partnership between Manassas, Manassas Park and Prince William County

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE (11+ EMPLOYEES)

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Novant Health UVA Health System » Pages 8-10

AGNES L. COLGAN COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: ARTS & EDUCATION

EMERGING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia/BEACON for Adult Literacy

ZEMZ Events and More, LLC

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INNOVATION IN HOSPITALITY & TOURISM

AGNES L. COLGAN COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

CJ Finz

Prince William County Community Foundation

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TECH COMPANY OF THE YEAR

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

Iron Mountain Data Centers

Eidos Technologies LLC

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W O M E N ’ S H E A LT H C E N T E R

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About this section

his “extra edition” of InsideNoVa/Prince William was produced for members of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the chamber’s 2021 Business Awards event, which was held virtually on Feb. 25. The section is being mailed to over 1,300 members of the chamber and also being inserted into the March 4 edition of the weekly newspaper.

sible:

• ASSETT Inc.

• Novant Health UVA Health System

• Beacon for Adult Literacy

• Peden Accounting Services

• Cakes by Happy Eatery

• Prince William County Community Foundation

• ACTS Prince William

As a fellow small business and a Chamber sponsor, InsideNoVa/ Prince William is proud to recognize all of the finalists and winners. The past year, more than ever, has To subscribe, visit www.insidenova.com/subdemonstrated scribe or e-mail subscribe@insidenova.com the importance For advertising information, call and impact 703-318-1386 or email cfields@insidenova.com of local small businesses and the critical services and jobs they create and provide in our community. The stories of success in the pages that follow – along with the challenges many of these businesses have had to overcome – spotlight the passion and determination of small-business owners, managers and employees. InsideNoVa/Prince William, based in Woodbridge, is part of Rappahannock Media LLC, which publishes two other community newspapers: the Culpeper Times and the Rappahannock News. The company also publishes a military base newspaper, the Belvoir Eagle; lifestyle magazines serving Ashburn, Gainesville, Haymarket, Stafford and Warrenton, and the Piedmont Virginian. Its main website, InsideNoVa.com, generates over 2.5 million page views a month, with nearly 1 million monthly unique visitors.

Finally, thank you to the advertisers who made this section pos-

• DeLune Corp. • Dr. Alice Howard • G&C Tire & Auto • House of Mercy • Iron Mountain Data Center • JTC Inc. • Manassas Symphony Orchestra • Milrich Virtual Professionals • Northwest Federal Credit Union

• Prince William County Department of Economic Development • Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center • Tots to Teen Therapy • Virginia National Ballet • Walker’s Carpet Care & Janitorial Service • ZEMZ Events and More LLC

Congratulations to all of tonight’s honorees!

Bruce Potter Publisher InsideNoVa/Prince William bpotter@insidenova.com

Leapfrog agrees. We bring the best of health to you. Leapfrog recognizes Novant Health UVA Health System’s grade-A quality and safety

Our good news is also great news for our communities. All three of our medical centers in Culpeper, Haymarket and Manassas have earned coveted ‘A’ grades from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2020 Hospital Safety Grade. We once again thank our caregivers for their exceptional dedication to patient safety and congratulate them for their achievement during such a difficult year for all. Rest assured that we’ll continue bringing the best of health to you in 2021.

Find your provider at NovantHealthUVA.org/Safety

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Charles J. Colgan Visionary Award

Brickley receives Colgan visionary award Winner

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viduals for their service to the the National Gold Medal Award for the Best State business community. Park System in America. Brickley, who was awarded He also initiated the the Bronze Star in Vietnam, Mid-Atlantic Governors' has served Prince William in 2016: Rex Parr Conference on Greenways, a number of significant roles, Blueways and Green Infra2017: Carlos Castro including civic association structure set in Arlington, president, assistant county 2018: J. Manley Garber Va. on Sept. 16, 2001. executive, longest continuously 2019: Kathleen Seefeldt When the 9/11 tragedy serving state delegate, transpor2020: Martin Nohe happened, Brickley polled tation champion and national the governors’ offices in the outdoors leader. participating states, and it He is considered the “father” was agreed the conference should continue. of Virginia Railway Express and was also involved in At the conclusion of this conference, Brickley creation of the Potomac Rappahannock Transportafounded the 9/11 National Memorial Trail, where tion District and Leesylvania State Park. he noted that as lovers of trails, greenways and conBrickley, a retired attorney, also has been active servation, reflection was needed on how goals could in the Boy Scouts of America for more than 40 years be merged with honoring the “heroes of 9/11” and and recently received the Boy Scouts of America uphold America’s values of freedom and democWilliam T. Hornaday Gold Medal for Distinguished racy. Today, the trail is a 1,300-mile biking, hiking Service to Natural Resource Conservation. and motor-friendly route that connects the three 9/11 memorial sites via six states and the District Brickley represented Prince William in the Virginof Columbia — Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, ia House of Delegates for 22 years, where he chaired New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of the State Parks subcommittee and was the legislative Columbia. sponsor creating Leesylvania State Park. In 2001, he Brickley was selected from among nine nominees for served as the director of the Virginia Department of this year’s award. The other nominees are listed below. Conservation and Recreation, which was awarded

Previous Colgan Award recipients

DAVID BRICKLEY

ormer Prince William County legislator and longtime civic leader David Brickley received the Charles J. Colgan Visionary Award from the Prince William Chamber of Commerce at its annual awards ceremony Feb. 25. The award, named in memory of the state senator who passed away in January 2017, recognizes indi-

COLGAN VISIONARY AWARD: OTHER NOMINEES Lovey Hammel Founder, Employment Enterprises Inc. Hammel and her mother, Jana Yeates, started a company called Temporary Solutions in 1980, and she has grown it from an initial investment of $10,000 to a multimillion-dollar corporation, Employment Enterprises Inc. Dr. Alice H. Howard Educator and Community Leader Howard was the first Black female employed by the city of Manassas schools and became the first Black female to serve as principal of Baldwin Elementary School, as well as the Title I Supervisor from 1978 to 1998. She was also the first Black to receive the “Washington Post Outstanding Principal Award” and the first Black female to be employed as the superintendent of schools in Colonial Beach Public Schools (2001-2008).

Dr. Jack Kooyoomjian President, Lake Ridge Occoquan Coles Civic Association (LOCCA) In addition to serving as president of Lake Ridge Occoquan Coles Civic Association, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, Kooyoomjian is chairman of the Prince William County Service Authority Board. Steve Liga Chief Executive Officer of ACTS- Action in Community Through Service Liga joined ACTS in 2015 and has helped lead efforts to expand the organization’s presence countywide, launch a Hunger Prevention Center and create the Prince William Food Rescue. Harry J. Parrish II Former Mayor, City of Manassas Parrish was first elected to Manassas City Council in 1993 and was first elected mayor in 2008. He retired Dec. 31

after three terms as mayor. Parrish was instrumental in many Manassas developments, including the airport and the Micron plant. During his tenure as mayor, the city partnered with Prince William and George Mason University on the Hylton Performing Arts Center and the Freedom Aquatic Center. Dr. Stephen Smith President and COO, Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center and Prince William Medical Center Smith joined Novant Health UVA Health System in 2009 as regional medical director of emergency services and since that time has been elevated to serve in a variety of roles including as Trustee of the Prince William Health System Board in 2013. He also served as medical staff president before being named vice president of medical affairs.

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Zuzana Steen University, Academic and Community Relations Senior Manager, Micron Technology Steen has worked at Micron since 2010 and advocates for the need to bridge the STEM skill gap in area schools and to help all employers in the region connect with a skilled workforce. She serves on over a dozen boards of directors, including George Mason University’s Science and Technology Campus. Aaron Tolson Director, Prince William Food Rescue (ACTS) Tolson leads ACTS’ Food Rescue program, which has distributed hundreds of thousands of pounds of food to area residents. He is a Leadership Prince William alumnus and has served on the Prince William Chamber Board of Directors and the CTE Advisory Board for Manassas City Schools.


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OTHER FINALISTS

Excellence in Small Business (1-10 Employees) management processes, and internal leadership and career development academies. Our talent management services have been proven to prepare a company’s future leaders to meet emerging challenges.

Winner Professionals By Design LLC 9994 SOWDER VILLAGE SQUARE, #529, MANASSAS, 20109 www.professionalsbydesign.com Owner/Chairman/CEO: Jinnae Monroe Established: January 2016 Number of employees: 3 (12 consultants) Brief description of business: Professionals by Design is a results-driven and outcome-based human resources, leadership and organization development, change management and talent engagement business. We are experts in large group and meeting facilitation. We know and understand adult learning theories and how they apply to your organization. Professionals by Design builds impactful workforce (industry-specific) curriculum, talent

Additional information: We were selected to lead additional veteran’s small business services under an SBA grant program due to our outstanding performance. We were selected by a large federal agency to lead strategic planning efforts, also due to past performance. What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? We were requested to lead diversity and inclusion dialogues and workshops more than in past years, due to the current world climate. Those opportunities allowed us to support several of the ongoing needs within our local nonprofit community as they combatted the numerous needs of our local population. What has been the biggest challenge of your business and how have you overcome it? We were a 99% in-person human capital and leadership development business. The opportunity to pivot and place all deliverables to an online/virtual presence was challenging yet rewarding.

independently.

EIDOS Technologies LLC 8569-C SUDLEY ROAD, MANASSAS, 20110 www.eidos-tek.com CEO: Helleni Moon Established: May 11, 2015 Number of employees: 7 Brief description of business: We support the critical missions of clients such as the Department of Defense, Housing & Urban Development, the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army by providing leading-edge technologies. We continue to prove ourselves and improve our processes and methodologies through maintaining and obtaining new internationally recognized certifications. What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? This past year we supported the following two non-profits: Westbrook Health Services Inc., which works collaboratively with the Adolescent Health Initiative to address the social well-being of our middle and high school students, and EndDependence Center for Northern Virginia, which empowers people with disabilities to live

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What has been the biggest challenge of your business and how have you overcome it? Every company faces challenges. We have had a few, but the most challenging aspect for business this year has been managing our growth while ensuring that we create a culture that attracts and retains the right type of talent. Our priorities have been to establish a solid structure that will support and sustain our future growth while looking for diversification of services that we provide to ensure we can pivot as economic changes occur.

MurLarkey Distilled Spirits LLC 7961 GAINSFORD COURT, BRISTOW, 20136 www.murlarkey.com Owner/Chairman/CEO: Thomas Murray Established: 2014 Number of employees: 4 Brief description of business: Distilled spirits craft manufacturer of international gold winning gin, vodka and whiskey.


EXCELLENCE IN SMALL BUSINESS (1-10 EMPLOYEES): OTHER FINALISTS Additional information: MurLarkey has

brought international acclaim to Virginia for excellence in spirits manufacturing. We are a top tourist destination in Prince William County and the only Virginia distillery in Travel and Leisure’s top 25 in the US.

What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? We

manufactured thousands of gallons of hand sanitizer for local first responders, hospitals and local and federal agencies quickly and affordably when COVID-19 first struck and supplies were not available to these most critical sectors of our infrastructure. We gave away sanitizer to individuals at no cost for the first few months of the pandemic

until supply chains stabilized. What has been the biggest challenge of your business and how have you overcome it? COVID-19 has been our biggest challenge to date and it has changed the way we sell our spirits. Many of our bar and restaurant accounts have had significant reductions in on-site dining and drinking. Our sales therefore switched to more of a directto-consumer model, which involved website and ecommerce additions and modifications. We also had to change how our tasting room operates to ensure safety for patrons and staff. We’ve overcome

the COVID obstacles by continuing to innovate, create, and connect with our fans to offer great products and experiences.

Reliant Hiring Solutions 8665 SUDLEY ROAD, #195, MANASSAS, 20110 www.ReliantHiring.com Owner/Chairman/CEO: Ian Lovejoy Established:2015

Number of employees: 4 Brief description of business: Reliant Hiring Solutions is the national leader in professionally managed hiring events. Our events help connect leading companies from various industries with eager career-seekers through our wide range of hiring fairs. What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? Our support of law enforcement and veteran hiring throughout the country. What has been the biggest challenge of your business and how have you overcome it? Adapting to an online model during COVID.

EXCELLENCE IN SMALL BUSINESS (1-10 EMPLOYEES): HONORABLE MENTIONS

De Lune Corp. 7405 ALBAN STATION COURT, SUITE B210, SPRINGFIELD 22150 www.delunecorp.com Owner/Chairman/CEO: Gaddafi Ismail

14 international ports. DLC has expanded its operations to IT, health, and energy.

The Dog Eaze Inn 13907 TELEGRAPH ROAD, WOODBRIDGE, 22192 www.dogeazeinn.com

Established: May 2016

Frye & Company CPAs

Number of employees: 6

9161 LIBERIA AVENUE, SUITE 304, MANASSAS, 20110 www.fryeandco.com

Brief description of business: De Lune Corp. connects North American producers to domestic and global markets through supply chain efficiency and customized logistics. DLC’s team, with over 30 years of combined industry expertise, has successfully shipped over 25 different products to international customers, from 10 ports in the United States and Canada to

G&C Tire and Auto Services 11707 PUMP STATION WAY, MANASSAS 20109 wwTrustTheRepair.com Owners: Gregg and Christina Caldwell Established: 1996

Number of employees: 5 in Manassas shop Brief description of business: G&C Tire and Auto Service has been a family-owned and -operated repair shop for 25 years. Since 1996, we have offered full-service auto repairs on all makes and models in Chantilly, Centreville, Bristow, Gainesville, Manassas and surrounding areas. We employ technicians who have proven themselves by achieving the highest recognition in the automotive field, ASE Certified Technician. G&C is continually involved in the community and hosts multiple events each year. During the holidays, we hold a Turkey Drive in which all donated turkeys are given to local food banks and churches.

Milrich Virtual Professionals LLC WOODBRIDGE www.milrichvirtualprofessionals.com Owner/Chairman/CEO: Melanie Koerperich Established: 2011 Number of employees: 19 Brief description of business: Virtual assistant company that provides administrative, marketing and scheduling support. We provide a legitimate work-fromhome environment for parents of specialneeds children, the physically disabled and military veterans and their spouses. HONORABLE MENTIONS, PAGE 8

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Neda Jewelers of Manassas

401 BELMONT BAY DRIVE, WOODBRIDGE, 22191 www.ospreysgolf.com

Pampa's Fox Catering

popcorn shop with recipes for over 200 flavors of popcorn. We offer fundraising opportunities as well as custom labeling and packaging for corporate gifts, holidays, weddings, parties and events.

9046 MATHIS AVENUE, MANASSAS, 20109 www.nedajewelersofmanassas.com

11905 ADEN ROAD, NOKESVILLE, 20181 www.pampasfoxcatering.com

Owner: Fairy Chinisaz

Owner/Chairman/CEO: Lucia Bruno

Established: 1980

Established: March 2013

Number of employees: 5

Number of employees: 1

Brief description of business: Jewelry and watch sales and repair business, founded by two Iranian immigrants that were forced from their country due to war and Islamic radicalism. Fairy Chinisaz kept the store running after her husband’s passing in 2003, balancing being a single mother and business owner. With the internet age, through two recessions and the recent pandemic, owning a brick-and-mortar jewelry store is a tough business, and we are most proud of simply keeping our doors open. Through 40 years it’s our customers who have kept us in business and it’s the service to them we pride ourselves on.

Brief description of business: We are a family-owned and -operated small business dedicated to providing a unique experience in the art of catering and events. We specialize in European cuisine with an allnatural flare and delicate flavors.

Showcase Dance Studio

The Popcorn Bag Woodbridge

Number of employees: 12

The Osprey's at Belmont Bay

Number of employees: 7

13885 HEDGEWOOD DRIVE, SUITE 149, WOODBRIDGE, 22193 ThePopcornBagWoodbridge.com Owner/Chairman/CEO: David Brooks Established: November 2017 Brief description of business: A gourmet

musical theatre, contemporary, pre pointe and pointe.

Sweeney Barn 9310 DISCOVERY BLVD., MANASSAS, 20109 www.sweeneybarn.com

Shining Sol Candle Company

Owner/Chairman/CEO: Noel & Alannah Sweeney

See write-up, Innovation in Hospitality & Tourism category, Page 13

Established: January 2019 Number of employees: 1 full-time, 7 parttime

11750 SUDLEY MANOR DRIVE, MANASSAS, 20109 showcase.dance Owner: Crystal Carfagno Established: 2008 Brief description of business: Showcase Dance Studio provides an in-depth dance education to children of all ages. We focus on age-appropriate dance curriculums, music and costuming. Our mission is equipping kids to excel in dance and in life. We do this by encouraging community service, leadership, and academic success. We offer high classes in ballet, tap, jazz, acro, hip hop, lyrical,

Brief description of business: Sweeney Barn is a new wedding, events and music venue. Renovated with state-of-the art design and technology, the original dairy barn has been transformed into the perfect space for any event, whether a private wedding, company meeting, or intimate music concert. Despite the challenges we faced in 2020, we were still able to safely host over 40 weddings and events for the Prince William County community.

ZEMZ Events and More LLC See write-up, Emerging Business of the Year category, Page 10

Excellence in Business (11+ Employees)

Winner Novant Health UVA Health System 8700 SUDLEY ROAD, MANASSAS, 20110 NovantHealthUVA.org CEO: Al Pilong Established: Jan. 1, 2016 Number of employees: 2,500 Brief description of business: Novant Health UVA Health System

proudly brings the best of health to our communities with the convenience of high-quality care close to home. The partnership between Novant Health and UVA Health System gives patients access to more extraordinary care, a wide network of expert providers, state-of-the-art technology and convenient healthcare locations. Novant Health UVA Health System, a regional not-for-profit healthcare system, comprises three community hospitals, primary care offices and outpatient care facilities throughout Culpeper, Gainesville, Haymarket, Manassas and Warrenton.

Additional information: Novant Health UVA Health System is recognized as a leader in improving the quality of healthcare by many national independent organizations. What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? Novant Health UVA Health System was awarded three “A” grades in the Leapfrog Group’s fall 2020 Hospital Safety Grade, a designation recognizing hospitals’ efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare. Novant Health UVA Health System’s Prince William Medical Center, Haymarket Medical Center and Culpeper Medical Center were in the top third of hospitals nationwide – and among only 36 hospitals in the state of

Virginia – to receive “A” safety grades. What has been the biggest challenge of your business and how have you overcome it? 2020 has challenged us all – especially healthcare workers – and our ongoing fight against COVID-19 continues. Our healthcare heroes have worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic to bring the best of health to our communities. We’re so proud of our team members, physicians and advanced practice providers for their dedication and resiliency. Our team’s continued commitment to safety and quality is apparent in all they do and the national recognitions they have received during such an unprecedented year.

EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS (11+ EMPLOYEES): OTHER FINALISTS infection. Cintas rose to meet that challenge throughout its Northern Virginia market.

Cintas Corporation www.cintas.com

Brief description of business: Cintas is a national company that in normal times operates to provide cleaning products, uniforms and services to a vast array of large and small businesses.

Additional information: Cintas’ emergency service workers and health care providers are on the front lines of the pandemic to keep us safe. During the health emergency their mission became critically important as cleaning supplies and cleaning services determined whether businesses could stay open or reopen in the event of an

Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (OmniRide) 14700 POTOMAC MILLS ROAD, WOODBRIDGE, 22192 https://omniride.com/ Executive director: Dr. Robert Schneider Established: 1986 Number of employees: 47

Brief description of business: Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) serves Prince William Stafford and Spotsylvania counties, as well as Manassas and Manassas Park. OmniRide is the operating name for the mobility services offered by PRTC. OmniRide’s goal is to provide safe, reliable and flexible transportation options while helping to reduce congestion and pollution in one of the region's fastest growing areas. Additional information: Being a transit company in the Washington region allows us to play a unique role. We are tasked to focus on the movement and safety of many of our nation’s workers who travel into the capital and major agencies that are essential to the functions of the federal government. We don’t take that responsibility lightly. We are also proud to serve the members of Prince William, whether they are traveling to work,

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going to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, or running errands. What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? First, the TSA honored OmniRide with the BASE Gold Standard Award. This award is the top recognition TSA can give to a transit agency for outstanding performance in enhancing its security programs. Second, the hard work of OmniRide’s frontline employees during the pandemic. Our region’s essential workers are saving lives and putting food on America’s tables. OmniRide is working hard to get the region’s essential workers where they need to go. What has been the biggest challenge of your business and how have you overcome it? The biggest challenge has been continuing to operate during a pandemic. We have


EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS (11+ EMPLOYEES): OTHER FINALISTS overcome the challenge of operating during this difficult time by taking measures to keep riders healthy so that we can continue to serve them. This includes eliminating cash payment to reduce interaction between riders and operators, enhanced cleaning on buses, requiring face coverings, and blocking off seats to allow for social distancing. Also, we never reduced local bus service, ensuring that essential workers could get to their jobs. This presents a challenge when it comes to seating restrictions, but we stage strategic buses in certain areas to be there in case we have to put in supplemental service.

EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS (11+ EMPLOYEES): HONORABLE MENTIONS

Able Moving & Storage Inc.

Established: 2007

8050 WELLINGFORD DRIVE, MANASSAS, 20109 www.ablemoving.com/

Brief description of business: D&G is a people-focused company with a passion and mission to support our nation’s warfighters. Our high-speed, lean corporate structure empowers team members to maximize their skills, talents and knowledge to deliver next-generation solutions. D&G’s “One Team-One Fight” approach and award-winning performance has been recognized at the highest level to include the Secretary of the Army Program Team of the Year Award, DHS Secretary Project Manager of the Year Award, and DHS Secretary Acquisition Team of the Year Award.

Owners: Joe and Jim Singleton CEO: Steve Kuhn Established: 1987 Number of employees: 200 Brief description of business: Able Moving & Storage is a highly respected moving and storage firm located in Northern Virginia. Founded in 1987, Able Moving & Storage is a family-owned company, and one of the largest independent moving companies in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Able’s dedicated leadership and employees consistently work to provide the best, most professional, responsive, and safe relocation services available to corporate, government, residential, and commercial clients on the move.

ASSETT Inc. See writeup, Tech Company of the Year category, Page 14

Bonchon - Manassas 8679 SUDLEY ROAD, MANASSAS, 20110

Wegmans Food Markets D&G Support Services LLC Inc. - Woodbridge 3460 COMMISSION COURT, SUITE 201, See Write-up, Community Outreach

WOODBRIDGE, 22192

category, Page 17

CEO: Leah Hermiller

Number of employees: 48

Class “A” contractor, Dulles Glass can perform a variety of furnishing, repair and installation services for our customers. Our 82,000-square-foot state-of-theart plant and headquarters in Prince William County, along with our in-house installation and project management teams allow us to provide some of the quickest turnaround times in the industry along with the ability to offer a full three-year warranty on the materials and labor.

Imagine Inc. www.imaginedc.net

JTC Inc. 9720 CAPITAL COURT, SUITE 305, MANASSAS 20110 www.jtcinc.net Owner/Chairman/CEO: John Jewell

Dulles Glass

Established: 2002 Number of employees: 15

7610 DOANE DRIVE, MANASSAS, 20109 www.dullesglass.com Top executives: Ali G. Guney, president; Dr. Bahram Nasehi, VP of operations; Dr. Siros Arefi, secretary Established: Acquired by current ownership in 2006; previous ownership from 1972 to 2006 Number of employees: 100 Brief description of business: Dulles Glass is one of the largest e-tailers of custom glass online. As a glass fabricator and a

Brief description of business: JTC is a managed service provider for small to medium-sized businesses, also owning and operating its own cloud infrastructure, bringing big business solutions to small businesses. JTC provides VoIP and total technology solutions to keep our clients working efficiently and with the ability to work with added mobility. Over the past year, JTC was able to successfully assist all clients in transitioning their business to allow their employees to work remotely. HONORABLE MENTIONS, PAGE 10

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Offix 13525 WELLINGTON CENTER CIRCLE, SUITE 107, GAINESVILLE, 20155 www.offix.com

Tots to Teens Therapy Services Inc. 12263 CHARLES LACEY DRIVE, MANASSAS, 20112 www.totstoteenstherapy.com

Owner/Chairman/CEO: Jennifer Ruckner Established: April 1, 2008 Number of employees: 15 Brief description of business: Tots To Teens Therapy Services Inc provides pediatric speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy to children from birth through college age in Prince

equipped to move most if not all of their clients to teletherapy, which allowed for continuity of care for our families.

Walker's Carpet Care & Janitorial Service 9046 EUCLID AVE., MANASSAS, 20110 www.walkersjanitorialservice.net

William and Stafford counties. When

Owner: Gary Hale

COVID began, our therapists were

Established: 1971

Number of employees: 43 Brief description of business: From a small shop in 1971 to a company that can cover 100,000 square feet of cleaning, we certainly have come a long way! We take pride in every job we do. You will always be treated with a courteous smile and be left with excellent results. The owner is directly involved with our job, and our manager takes a great pride in making sure that the jobs are completed as requested.

Emerging Business of the Year accomplished over the past year?

Winner ZEMZ Events and More LLC

corporate event planning firm, focused on small businesses all over the world. We specialize in both physical, virtual and hybrid events.

Additional information: To continue to allow space

Number of employees: 1

for small businesses to continue to thrive within our local community and expand to a worldwide audience, we've developed a virtual platform to allow for virtual events, such as vendor/trade shows, conferences and even fundraisers.

Brief description of business: We are a full-service

What are you most proud of having

www.ZEMZEvents.com Owner: Yahaira (Yahya) Stewart Established: February 2018

Creating our virtual platform that permits businesses to experience a “live-like” event virtually but still personalizable with integrations such as Zoom, Webex, Microsoft Teams and Google Meets. What has been the biggest challenge of your business and how have you overcome it? Our biggest challenge has been visibility for our new service in the virtual space. Competing with bigger companies and their sophisticated software sharing with the world – we are comparable to them; we just happen to be smaller.

EMERGING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: OTHER FINALISTS clients without a drop in the quality of the service provided to them. What has been the biggest challenge of your business and how have you overcome

Peden Accounting Services 9071 CENTER STREET, MANASSAS, 20110 www.pedenaccountingservices.com/ Owner/Chairman/CEO: Chris Peden Established: Dec. 21, 2018

it? The owner and his wife are the parents of two autistic young men. Providing support for them while serving our clients has been the biggest challenge they have faced. They overcame it by focusing on what needed to be done to support both the clients and their sons while making sure the quality of the work provided to their clients is exceptional.

Number of employees: 1 Brief Description of business: We help business owners organize and make sense of their financial information in a way that allows them to understand what they need to do to take their business to the next level. We also help clients not only meet their tax reporting requirements but also put together

Stemtree of Lake Ridge (Kingdom Kids LLC)

programs, online programs and tutoring. We can also host special events such as birthday parties and Scout meetings for STEM badges. We are very active in the community – participating in local events and partnering with neighborhood schools and organizations that cater to children. Additional information: We are minority, women, and disabled veteran/ service member owned and operated. What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? Although we just opened our Lake Ridge location in late 2020 and are still building our clientele, we started offering free services to the community right away. We are most proud to be able to offer free hourly lessons to potential patrons and free online coding scholarships to eligible Prince William students.

developing businesses to help them build

2020)

the business of their dreams.

Number of employees: 8

What are you most proud of having

Brief description of business: Stemtree

accomplished over the past year? By

of Lake Ridge is a K-12 STEM education

using online tools such as our secure

center specializing in science, coding,

portal and Zoom, we have been able to

robotics and EE. We offer full-day academic

What has been the biggest challenge of your business and how have you overcome it? Our biggest challenge is operating during the pandemic. Our enrollment and capacity is lower than expected with expenses that far outweigh our sales. We've also had to make significant changes to our business plan, including increased internet bandwidth, changes to our center design and layout and, of course, a bigger cleaning and sanitizing budget. We constantly strive to maintain a safe learning environment during these trying and unprecedented times and gain

provide socially distant assistance to our

support to virtual learning, after-school

the trust and confidence of our patrons.

and implement a plan to save money on taxes during the year so their tax bills are as low as possible.

12363 DILLINGHAM SQUARE, LAKE RIDGE, 22192 www.stemtree.com/lakeridge

Additional information: We have been

Owner/Chairman/CEO: Donya Dugan

on the SBDC's list of accounting firms that provide service and counsel to new and

Established: 2019 (opened in October

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YJS Marketing LLC www.YJSMarketing.com Owner: Yahaira (Yahya) Stewart Established: September 2020 Number of employees: 2 Brief description of business: We are a full-service corporate white label marketing firm, focused on small businesses all over the world. We specialize in start-ups, rebranding, personalized marketing boxes, logo design and websites. Additional information: In the midst of a pandemic and seeing businesses struggle, we created affordable packages to help these businesses gain visibility, especially in the social media area What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? Helping businesses that essentially halted during the start of the pandemic and sharing with them ways to continue to share their products and services in the virtual space, such as events and on social media. What has been the biggest challenge of your business and how have you overcome it? Our biggest challenge was truly getting businesses out of their comfort zone to try something new that will allow them to sustain their business during this time.


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Innovation in Hospitality & Tourism

Owner: Chris Sellers

CJ Finz Raw Bar & Grille 9413 WEST STREET, MANASSAS, 20110

Outer Banks, our family saw the need

and -operated surf-and-turf restaurant

for a quality raw bar and grill in Historic

offering coastal dining with a hometown

Manassas. We support local distilleries,

feel. Boasting the only second-level deck

breweries and seafood markets with

in the area, CJ Finz offers an overlook

our freshly shucked oysters, specialty

to the Harris Pavilion and its seasonal

www.cjfinz.com

Winner

Finz Raw Bar & Grille is a family-owned

festivals and activities and is just a few steps away from the VRE and Manassas

cocktails, and craft brew selection. From the owner: “I’ve been employed or have employed people for 29 years here in the

Established: Feb. 11, 2015

Museum.

Brief description of business: Located in the heart of Old Town Manassas, CJ

Additional information: As lifelong

any other single business owner could be

residents of the city and lovers of the

so in love with his city.”

city of Manassas. It’s hard to believe that

INNOVATION IN HOSPITALITY & TOURISM: OTHER FINALISTS

Cakes by Happy Eatery 9685 LIBERIA AVENUE, UNIT 107, MANASSAS, 20110 www.CakesbyHappyEatery.com Owner/Chairman/CEO: Victoria Wu Established: 1984 Number of employees: 8 Brief description of business: Every celebration is important, and many involve a delectable cake. Cakes by Happy Eatery is a bakery offering a variety of sweet treats

- pastries, pies, chocolates and, of course, cakes. The shop offers vegan, gluten-free, eggless and sugar-free options. As a secondgeneration business, the path for continual growth has been passion, endurance and vision. The quality of the products cannot be compromised. The presentation must be enticing, beautiful, and evoke a smile. The sister team of Victoria Wu and Emily WuRorrer leads a company that can create, react and meet the demands of its customers. Additional information: The bakery constantly strives to push itself and share new ideas. An aspect of customer retention and attracting new ones is understanding the current taste preferences by exploring

what is trending, experimenting with new flavor combinations, and keeping customers engaged. New product offerings have included supplies from our pantry – flour and yeast, to family-style “What’s for Dinner” take-home options, to the latest internet sensation - a comfort food with indulgent ingredients: hot chocolate in the form of a hot cocoa bomb.

for our front line workers and made comfort

What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? Our community and customers came together to help us this year. It was a tough year with so many individuals fighting food insecurity and our front line working tirelessly to combat this pandemic. We made cookies

and parties. Our team at Cakes by Happy

food along with desserts to donate to a local food bank every week. What has been the biggest challenge of your business and how have you overcome it? The hospitality industry was hit especially hard because the pandemic affected the heart and soul of what we do – gatherings Eatery rose to the challenge. We were still able to help everyone celebrate in smaller ways so that birthdays, weddings and other monumental events did not pass by unnoticed.

When our neighbors have stories to tell... we listen and MAKE A DIFFERENCE 2006 - 2021

YEARS

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VING YOUR COMM SER UNI TY

...I am so thankful for organizations such as House of Mercy. They bless people in ways they never thought they could be blessed.

Jenifer was a 17-year-old single mother to a newborn with no home, and no way to support herself and her son. A friend offered her shelter and directed her to House of Mercy. With our help of food and clothing assistance, she was able to focus on building her life and now, at 25, is a successful realtor with the hope to someday return to school to become a social worker.

It’s easy to JOIN OUR MISSION SHARE SERVE SHOP

Ways You Can Share *Host a Food Drive* *Donate Clothing & Other Goods* *Donate Food* *Make a Monetary Donation*

Ways WaysYou YouCan CanServe Serve Signup uptotovolunteer volunteerininour ourfood food Sign and/or donation pantry, thrift store and donation center. We have shifts available center. We are open Monday-Saturday10am-5pm. 10am-5pm. Monday-Saturday

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Visit our Thrift Store Our store is open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm. We sell clothing, household goods, and much more! All proceeds benefit our food pantry.

House of Mercy | 8170 Flannery Court, Manassas, VA 20109 | 703.659.1636

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INNOVATION IN HOSPITALITY & TOURISM: OTHER FINALISTS your business and how have you overcome

and email, advanced order tracking, and

it? This has been a challenging year for

contactless delivery.

everyone, each in their own way. The restaurant industry is now in a constant state of evolution, and it is impossible to know when, or if, it will return to the model

Okra’s Cajun Creole 9110 CENTER STREET, MANASSAS, 20110

we have enjoyed. In times past, we have been able to make small adjustments to products or strategies to make incremental

www.okras.com

improvements. Now, instead of adjustments,

Owner: Charles Gilliam

and can carry major consequences, both

sweeping changes have become necessary

Established: Oct. 2, 1998

good and bad, for myself and my staff.

Number of employees: Before COVID, 25;

Our biggest challenge this year has been

after COVID, 12 Brief description of business: For 22 years Okra’s has sought to bring Louisiana to Virginia through food, music, and culture.

to remain bold in making decisions that protect and serve the needs of our staff and team amid a cultural shift that we cannot

Established: 2012

control. We have made great strides and

with numerous tourism initiatives such

changing times.

as Journey through Hallowed Ground,

What are you most proud of having

Okra’s often partners with hotels and local communities to enhance their programs and events. We have supported and been a part of countless projects carried out by both our for profit and nonprofit ventures and gladly share our gifts with our community. What has been the biggest challenge of

www.shiningsol.com Owners: Pete Evick and Deron Blevins

will continue to be vigilant in these ever

County’s Travel and Tourism Department.

9109 CENTER STREET, MANASSAS, 20110

our guests and to inspire confidence in our

Additional information: We have partnered

Artisan Trail Network, and Prince William

Shining Sol Candle Company

accomplished over the past year? With help from a dedicated staff, we were able to start delivering chef-prepared meals all over Prince William County by April 1. This project is still in full swing and is known as Cookin’ It Up! Three days a week we deliver smiles and boxes of joy to new and old customers alike. Cookin’ It Up! features online ordering, auto replies via text

Number of employees: 19 Brief description of business: Shining Sol Candle Company takes great pride in our handcrafted, wooden wick, all-natural soy candles. We source all components from U.S. makers and suppliers. We have multiple store locations as well as over 100 (and counting) shops across the country that stock our products. We also create custom candles for retailers, businesses, events and more. Additional information: Shining Sol

Candle Company is always striving to bring people far and wide into the city of Manassas to discover the charm and great shopping, dining and entertainment choices we provide. We not only utilize the tools that are current but we look beyond and try to embrace trends and changes before they become mainstream. This helps to enable us to continue promoting our shop and Manassas in new and cutting-edge ways. What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? We are proud that even with the challenge that 2020 presented small business, we still expanded and grew as a company – both in sales and by adding a new store in Myrtle Beach, S.C. We were not only able to keep our team employed but we even had to hire more help. What has been the biggest challenge of your business and how have you overcome it? I would say we're still overcoming it – the same challenge a lot of businesses face – money. Even though we’ve grown, it takes money to reinvest back into the company to continue the growth. The upside to that question – thankfully we were able to utilize the loans that were offered to small businesses during COVID, including from the always supportive city of Manassas and Historic Manassas Inc.

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Tech Company of the Year

Winner Iron Mountain Data Centers 11680 HAYDEN ROAD, MANASSAS, 20109 www.ironmountain.com/digital-transformation/data-centers

Owner/Chairman/CEO: Bill Meaney Established: 1951 Number of employees: Nationally, 24,000; locally, 470 Brief description of business: Iron Mountain Data Centers operates a global colocation platform for customers to build tailored, sustainable, carrier and

cloud-neutral data solutions. As a proud part of Iron Mountain, a world leader in secure management of data and assets trusted by 95% of the Fortune 1000, we are uniquely placed to protect, connect and activate high-value customer data. We work sideby-side with customers to achieve long-term goals, leading the industry in business continuity, best-inclass compliance and renewables. Additional information: One of the core values of Iron Mountain Data Centers is to always be a technology innovator. Technology, like digital transformation and adoption to cloud, are seeing exponential growth. As data centers are central to these technologies, we always need to stay one step ahead of the trends to meet the needs of our customers, and we continue to do that. While we are a global company, we are really proud to be part of Prince William County and that we have been able to build a high-security business park/

environment, which is typically found in the city. What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? The continued growth of our business and our Green Power Pass, a unique sustainability product. Iron Mountain opened a second data center campus this year providing more local revenue and jobs to the Prince William community. Over the past year we also continued to lead the industry on climate change to lessen the impact data centers make on the environment. What has been the biggest challenge of your business and how have you overcome it? Along with climate change, waste management is at the forefront of many of our clients’ minds. Iron Mountain is well-positioned and on track to help solve this problem as we are becoming a zero-waste facility. This allows us to keep our commitment to our broader sustainability goals as well as doing the right thing by our community and broader planet.

TECH COMPANY OF THE YEAR: OTHER FINALISTS 11220 ASSETT LOOP, SUITE 204, MANASSAS AND 9480 INNOVATION DRIVE, MANASSAS www.assettinc.com Owner/Chairman/CEO: Wayne

ASSETT Inc.

Jakubowski Established: January 2001

Number of employees: 58

systems and complex software through

Brief description of business: ASSETT Inc. is a small defense company with a 20-year legacy supporting our submarine fleet, which is the most capable force in the world. As thought leaders for the U.S. Navy, our heritage has been to make systems more intelligent. We modernize

technology integration, new engineering

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concepts and other enlightened solutions. Additional information: ASSETT completed an independent research and development project in 2020 titled “Cyber Threat Anomaly Detection,” to develop


TECH COMPANY OF THE YEAR: OTHER FINALISTS an unsupervised machine learning algorithm that detects anomalous activity from decrypted bi-directional perimeter network traffic using unsupervised machine learning approaches. ASSETT has also proven its ability to support the integration of AI/ML concepts into submarine combat systems. We are the first company to develop a battery management approach utilizing a real time operating system. What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? We are most proud of taking care of our employees in a very stressful business and health environment. Every employee remained gainfully employed, and many of these employees are residents of Prince William County. We are proud of our continuing legacy to introduce intelligent technologies and concepts to our key clients who strongly desire affordable innovation and intelligent solutions for our Navy and our sailors. What has been the biggest challenge of your business and how have you overcome it? We have overcome the pandemic by making the working environment safer with more remote work and stressing good relationships and trust between supervisors and employees. Our employees provide feedback through regular (virtual) coffee klatches with the president, an active employee advisory group, and general feedback by e-mail, telephone calls, and the use of Microsoft Teams.

Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company 9950 WAKEMAN DRIVE, MANASSAS, 20110 https://www.aurora.aero/ CEO: Per Beith Established: 1989 Brief description of business: Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company, specializes in creating advanced aircraft through the development of versatile and intuitive autonomous systems, in addition to advanced composite manufacturing. Operating at the intersection of technology and robotic aviation, Aurora leverages the power of autonomy to make manned and unmanned flight safer and more efficient. What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? Our proudest accomplishment last year was the continuation of operations throughout the pandemic. We continued to meet our customer commitments, ensured the wellbeing of our staff and innovated novel new aircraft platforms. What has been the biggest challenge of your business and how have you overcome it? Aurora’s biggest challenge was also our proudest accomplishment. For our

employees who are essential workers onsite supporting our defense customers who serve our country, we were challenged to effectively create a safe work environment without a precedent to follow. Our leaders and teammates rose to the occasion together and we remain resilient today through these dynamic times.

BAE Systems 9300 WELLINGTON RD, MANASSAS, 20110 www.baesystems.com/en-us/home Owner/Chairman/CEO: Tom Arseneault Established: 1973 (legacy in Manassas, originally IBM) Number of employees: 320 in Manassas, VA; 35,100 worldwide Brief description of business: BAE Systems in Manassas has been the premier provider of space electronics since 1995, beginning with NASA’s Cassini mission. We have been developing and building radiation-hardened spaceborne computers with more than 1,000 processors on three generations currently flying, representing 11,000-plus years of total flight hours. We provide space electronics for military, civil and commercial applications. These include missions that facilitate exploration of the universe (Mars rovers, Juno, Hubble telescope etc.), play a major role in protecting our nation through national

security missions, and enable capabilities touching peoples’ daily lives such as GPS, satellite TV/radio, weather prediction and secure banking.Additional information: We maintain a deep understanding of emerging and game-changing technologies so we can identify the areas of investment that will ensure we maintain global-leading military, aerospace and security capabilities. Partnering with academic and industrial leaders, we develop new technologies to support our future product strategies. What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? We, like most businesses, needed to overcome the many challenges resulting from the pandemic. The most significant of these was keeping our employees safe. We are proud to say we accomplished this, with a case rate of less than five times than the surrounding community. While doing this, we achieved our business goals – financial, product delivery, quality, and thereby continually satisfying our customers. What has been the biggest challenge of your business and how have you overcome it? Putting radiation-hardened electronics in space and having them perform to difficult mission parameters in the harshest known environment has continuously challenged our team. We need to protect our products from radiation hazards, extreme temperatures (both cold and hot), and against the stress of lift-off. HONORABLE MENTIONS, PAGE 17

BEACON for Adult Literacy

Honored to be nominated for the Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Award Serving the needs of adult English language learners in Prince William County since 1992. 

Day and evening virtual English language classes to accommodate working students’ schedules

U.S. Citizenship exam preparation, job readiness skills, resume coaching, one-on-one tutoring, technology skills, summer English conversation classes

Trained literacy volunteers

Safe and welcoming learning environment

Affordability

Join us! For a virtual Walkathon to benefit BEACON! Walk individually or as a team, sponsor the event, or donate to support our program at beaconliteracy.org

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Community Outreach

TECH COMPANY OF THE YEAR: HONORABLE MENTIONS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15

Excelerated Analytics LLC. 2769 JEFFERSON DAVIS HIGHWAY, SUITE 111-1046, STAFFORD, 22554

JTC Inc. See write-up, Excellence in Business (11+

most proud that our stores

employees) category, Page 9

remained open so we could meet

Offix

a clean, safe and comfortable

13525 WELLINGTON CENTER CIRCLE, SUITE 107,

www.excelerated-analytics.com

GAINESVILLE, 20155

Owner/Chairman/CEO: Elias Martinez

www.offix.com

Established: September 2017 Number of employees: 3

SysUSA Inc.

Brief description of business: Excelerated

8565 SUDLEY ROAD, SUITE C, MANASSAS, 20110

Analytics LLC is a data analytics company

www.sysusa.com

that provides a wide variety of data-related services to support rapid understanding and decision-making. We are a small, minority, service-disabled veteran owned

the needs of the community in

Winner

our 450-plus employees with job

14801 DINING WAY, WOODBRIDGE, 22191

how have you overcome it?At the

Top executives: CEO, Colleen Wegman; Chairman, Danny Wegman

2525 POINTE CENTER COURT, SUITE 201,

Established: 1916

experience in data analysis and developing

DUMFRIES, 22026

Number of employees: 52,000

data visualizations.

www.tsiva.com

and managed business. We have vast

company-wide; 470 at Potomac

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security and stability during this unprecedented time. What has been the biggest challenge of your business and beginning of the pandemic, the biggest challenge was figuring out the best way to get timely, credible information out to the community and reacting accordingly. Our incredible leadership helped us to overcome this barrier by providing regular updates, which flowed

Brief description of business:

seamlessly through all levels of our

Grocery/retail

company. We could in turn react

What are you most proud of

to this information to deliver on

having accomplished over the past year? 2020 presented many challenges, but we are

irginia

great deal of pride in providing

Wegmans Food Markets Inc. Woodbridge www.wegmans.com

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environment. We also take a

our promise to our customers of “Everyday You Get Our Best.” OTHER FINALISTS, PAGE 18

allet

www.virginianationalballet.org

Virginia National Ballet thanks the Prince William Chamber of Commerce for the nomination of Finalist in the Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Awards, Arts and Education Category in 2021!

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Contract Solutions Inc. Apple Federal Credit Union 4097 MONUMENT CORNER DRIVE FAIRFAX, 22030 www.AppleFCU.org Owner/Chairman/CEO: Andy Grimm Established: 1956 Number of employees: 470 Brief description of business: Apple Federal Credit Union offers competitive, full-service financial solutions for businesses and consumers. Additional information: Being a great community financial institution goes beyond meeting the banking needs of your members. It is imperative we help those most in need to make our community a better place for all· What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? Keeping our members and employees safe and remaining open as an essential service to make sure people had access to their money when they needed it most. What has been the biggest challenge of your business and how have you overcome it? The pandemic obviously created a challenge for everyone this year. We are proud to say that within 2 weeks we had technology deployed to all staff and a plan to give to those in our community that

needed it most through organizations like Northern Virginia Family Service.

10627 CRESTWOOD DRIVE, MANASSAS, 20109 www.contractsolutions-inc.com Owner/Chairman/CEO: Corliss Udoema Established: 2006 Number of employees: 50 Brief description of business: Contract Solutions Inc. provides administrative management support services to federal government clients, including the Department of Justice, Department of Treasury, Department of Agriculture and Department of Defense. We solve problems by working alongside our clients to bring together the expertise necessary to develop and implement cost effective solutions. Our goal is to offer sustainable long-term solutions that align with our client’s goals, objectives, and priorities. Additional information: In collaboration with our non-profit arm Agape Love in Action, founded and directed by Corliss Udoema, we continued to form new and deep relationships that shifted the trajectory of our outreach service to the community in ways like never before. Our new 2020 initiative was Hero Love Boxes for first responders at local hospitals. The beautifully decorated boxes were filled with individual snack bags and our signature cards with words of encouragement. Over 16,000 bags were delivered to hospitals in Prince William, Fauquier, Arlington and Fairfax counties. We also offered 144 socially distanced training classes for seniors with limited or no access to computers and

delivered 3,225 bags filled with snacks, hygiene items, socks, hats, gloves, and words of encouragement to homeless shelters.

traditional human services providers that aid

What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? Production of an annual calendar featuring veterans to raise money for coaching, mentoring and offering grants to veteran business owners and other veteran service organizations. Contributions and calendar sales provided resources to donate over $20,000 to veteran focused organizations.

alliance is the successor to the 30-year-old

What has been the biggest challenge of your business and how have you overcome it? Like many firms, the pandemic was our biggest challenge this year. Several employees were exposed to the virus while serving onsite at federal buildings. Thankfully, we have exceptional government clients that helped our firm work through these challenges. We also had to shift to a virtual format of our big annual fundraiser but it was still a huge success.

the Prince William Area Disaster Fund as

the residents of Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. The Prince William Human Services Coalition; its funding comes primarily from an operational grant from Prince William government, member dues and private sources. Additional information: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the alliance partnered with Prince William and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park to create a means for private citizens, faith-based organizations and businesses to combine their contributions and funnel them to the organizations helping those most in need. Funds raised are distributed to community groups in the form of grants. What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? The strategic community partnerships developed to advance COVID-19 disaster relief efforts for the Prince William area’s most underserved residents. The alliance partnered with Prince William government to administer $3 million of CARES Act funds by developing partnerships with 26 diverse

The Human Services Alliance of Greater Prince William 9073 CENTER STREET, MANASSAS, 20109 www.alliancegpw.org Board president: William Archer Established: 2019 Number of employees: 2

nonprofits. More than $60,000 of private funds have also been raised to further aid area residents through the Prince William Area Disaster Fund. What has been the biggest challenge to your organization and how have you overcome it? The alliance’s biggest challenge has been having to social distance and pivot program offerings just one week after the organization’s introductory kickoff event in March 2020. Reconfiguring how business would be done

Brief description of organization: The

was very trying, but it allowed the alliance

Human Services Alliance of Greater Prince

to be more flexible in meeting the needs of

William is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership-

human service providers and the individuals

based association of traditional and non-

it serves.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH: HONORABLE MENTIONS

Benedictine Sisters of Virginia See write-up, Agnes L. Colgan Award for Community Service: Arts & Education category, Page 22

Bingo T. Clown/ Newventur Entertainment Bookworm Central House of Mercy See Write-up, Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Award: Health & Human Services category, Page 24.

IKEA Imagine Inc. Keller Williams Realty/ KW Commercial - Lee Beaver and Associates Inc. 8100 ASHTON AVE., SUITE 103, MANASSAS, 20109 https://manassas.yourkwoffice.com/

residential and commercial and property management. In May of each year, we close down our office for “Red Day.” All volunteer associates and staff members wear the Keller Williams Red Day shirts and provide services to either an individual or charity. Last year we supported Birmingham Green Senior Center and provided them with Kindles, puzzles, books, snacks, drinks, and magazines, as well as a pizza party for the staff. We delivered the goodies in automobile parade style with our agents using their decorated cars and made it a special event for all.

Established: 1995

Northwest Federal Credit Union

Number of employees: 8 staff and 200 independent contractors

200 SPRING STREET, HERNDON www.nwfcu.org

Brief description of business: Real estate office that handles sales and leasing,

Owner/Chairman/CEO: Jeff Bentley

Owner/Chairman/CEO: Lee Beaver

Established: 1947

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Number of employees: 550 Brief description of business: Northwest Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial institution ranking among the largest credit unions in Virginia and in the top 60 credit unions in the nation. Northwest Federal’s employees are active volunteers who work with the credit union’s community partners to support 501(c)3s that benefit the arts, animal rescues, nature preservation and individuals with disabilities or lack of resources. Employees are provided 24 hours of paid volunteer time each year, and in 2019, employees volunteered more than 9,000 hours with organizations of their choice.

Uptown Alley 8300 SUDLEY ROAD, SUITE A06, MANASSAS, 20109 (MANASSAS MALL) www.uptownalleymanassas.com


In the midst of this pandemic, ACTS continues to meet the needs of those in crisis in Prince William county. Now, more than ever, is your suppon crucial to making a difference in delivering hope. ACTION in Community Through Service

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to both Steven G. Liga, Chief Executive Officer and Aaron Tolson, Director, Prince William Food Rescue. Both ACTS executives are nominated for the 2021 Charles J. Colgan Visionary Award.

Aaron Tolson

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Innovative Practice or Partnership of the Year

Winner ELEVATE: Building Business and Careers Partnership between Manassas, Manassas Park and Prince William County

Description of project: ELEVATE is a unique workforce development solution demonstrating local governments’ commitment to helping residents and businesses in Manassas, Manassas Park, and Prince William County. ELEVATE helps residents by providing training programs, support services, and career assistance so they can get and keep today’s in-demand jobs. ELEVATE helps businesses train incumbent workers and identify the best new hires. And ELEVATE is a valuable network of workforce development and education partners to strengthen our communities today and prepare them for the future.

INNOVATIVE PRACTICE OR PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR: OTHER FINALISTS

City of Manassas Economic Development WWW.CHOOSEMANASSAS.ORG Description of project: When the pandemic struck, the Manassas Economic Development team did a great job advocating for city businesses, securing and identifying resources, and keeping in touch with city businesses in general. They leveraged a partnership with George Mason University’s Small Business Development Center to produce a panel of business owners who shared stories about how they are getting through the pandemic. They also brought in a professional video team, and some businesses had professionally filmed ads to use for promotion, in addition to featuring local businesses masked up to promote shopping and dining in the city.

What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? Despite all of the challenges faced, we were able to release our first super-premium whiskey: Distiller’s Reserve Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon. Handcrafted with 100% Virginia-grown grains, this bourbon pays homage to the 400th anniversary of distilled spirits in Virginia and is our first whiskey that meets the Bottled-in-Bond criteria.

Huntington Learning Center of Lake Ridge

What has been the biggest challenge of your business and how have you overcome it? Through all the ups and downs of 2020, one thing has been constant: the endless support from our community. We can’t thank all of you enough for your support.

Rotary club president: George Kerr

10381 CENTRAL PARK DRIVE, SUITE 105, MANASSAS, 20110 https://kodistilling.com

Brief description of organization: Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Number of Employees: 14 Brief description of business: Former U.S. Merchant Marines and Navy Reservists Bill Karlson and John O’Mara weren’t content with sitting idle after their retirements, so in 2013 they began their journey to create craft spirits with local ingredients and high-quality methods. Bill and John’s backgrounds in engineering inspire their distilling processes, and their passion for great spirits drives their attention to quality and detail. KO’s award-winning Distiller’s Reserve Bottled-inBond Bourbon, Bare Knuckle Whiskeys and Battle Standard 142 Gins are all certified Craft Distilled, Kosher, and Virginia’s Finest. Additional information: We re-tooled our distillery to produce about 11,000 gallons of much-needed hand sanitizer in the spring of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

12193 LIVINGSTON ROAD, MANASSAS, 20109 www.bookwormcentral.com

12379 DILLINGHAM SQUARE, LAKE RIDGE, 22192

IKEA 2901 POTOMAC MILLS CIRCLE, WOODBRIDGE, 22192

The Junkluggers of Gainesville VA 6632 ELECTRIC AVENUE, WARRENTON, 20187 www.junkluggersofgainesville.com Owner/Chairman/CEO: Mark Harrington Established: January 2019 Number of employees: 7

Club established: Oct. 13, 1965

Established: 2015

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Bookworm Central

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Owner/Chairman/CEO: Bill Karlson

Additional information: More than 230 jobseekers have been enrolled in critical training programs, and 15 have been placed in employment. About $450,000 has been expended in training and wrap-around services support. Over 40 businesses have participated in targeted job fairs, and 18 employers and 613 employees have been served through the Incumbent Worker Training program.

We have donated over $20,000 of hand sanitizer to those in need, and we will continue to supply our community as long as we have inventory. Bare Knuckle Hand Sanitizer is dedicated to the men and women on the front lines fighting COVID-19.

Woodbridge Rotary, PWC Parks, Pitkins Ace Hardware and A2Z Music Factory KO Distilling

Participants are offered a complete range of services from obtaining free education and certification, to support services such as transportation and stipends, and job placement services. Some programs include a guaranteed interview with a local employer.

Number of members: 35

What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? In an environment that made it nearly impossible for nonprofits to raise funds Woodbridge Rotary not only found a way to raise funds so that we could continue to support the various organizations with which we are involved but we brought the community together in a safe, fun, family friendly, engaging event. What has been the biggest challenge of your business and how have you overcome it? Our biggest challenge has definitely been raising funds so that we can continue to do good in our community. Movies at the Pfitz was our main fundraiser for 2020. It served to both raise funds as well as bring the community together.

Brief description of business: The Junkluggers is an eco-friendly junk removal company committed to the environment and the communities we serve. We provide sustainable disposal services for homes and offices large and small – as well as unwanted items of all kinds. Our team removes your junk and donates it to local nonprofits and charities. The Junkluggers opened Remix Market in Warrenton based on a need to support our mission of ecofriendly junk removal.

Micron with Year Up www.yearup.org

for customers and returning clean water to the environment. Our virtual outreach program, H2Go Kids, was the recipient of the Virginia American Water Works Association 2020 Public Information Award and has reached over 6,200 students during the 20202021 school year to date.

R.W. Murray Co. 10440 BALLS FORD ROAD, NO. 100, MANASSAS, 20109 www.rwmurray.com

SPARK and Walmart P.O. BOX 389, MANASSAS, 20108 (SPARK, THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION FOR PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS) https://poweredbyspark.org/ SPARK Executive Director: Dawn Davis Established: 1989 Number of employees: 5

Brief Description of organization: SPARK, which stands for Supporting Partnerships and Resources for Kids, aims to engage community partners to fund and promote initiatives that enhance educational excellence.

Whitlock Wealth Management with Woodbridge and Lake Ridge Rotary and Pitkins ACE Hardware www.Whitlockwealth.com

Prince William County Service Authority

Owner/Chairman/CEO: Bennett C. Whitlock III

4 COUNTY COMPLEX COURT, WOODBRIDGE, 22192 www.Pwcsa.org

Number of employees: 20

General manager: Dean Dickey Established: 1983 Number of employees: 326 Brief description of organization: The service authority provides drinking water and wastewater service for about 350,000 people in Prince William County. Our utility is dedicated to excellence in providing safe, reliable water service

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Established: September 1994 Brief description of business: We are full-service comprehensive wealth management practice with Ameriprise Financial. We love to partner with nonprofits and organizations that support the community.

ZEMZ Events and More LLC See write-up, Emerging Business of the Year category, Page 10.


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Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Award: Arts & Education Philanthropy.

Winner The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia/ BEACON for Adult Literacy 9535 LINTON HALL ROAD BRISTOW, 20136 www.osbva.org Prioress: Sister Joanna Burley Chief Operating Officer: Mary Finnigan Established: 1868 Number of employees: 24

Brief description of organization: The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia have served and enriched Virginia for more than 150 years through their many ministries to benefit homeless families, immigrants, and vulnerable Virginians. They have established and taught at schools throughout Virginia, including Linton Hall School in Bristow, and founded BEACON for Adult Literacy, a program providing English-language instruction and services for adult immigrants. BEACON was recently recognized as “one of the best” local nonprofits in the Washington region by the Greater Washington Catalogue for

Additional information: Even with COVID restrictions, we remain active in the community, embracing new ways of connecting with friends and those in need, to reassure and serve. Our monastery grounds have remained open, providing a peaceful, natural space for visitors to come for quiet reflection, exercise, and spiritual renewal. What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? Starting construction on our safe, new monastery home that provides gathering spaces for our ministry work and community life, sustaining our BEACON program through the

pandemic, boosting our social media activity, and hosting a successful toy drive to benefit House of Mercy. What has been the biggest challenge of your business and how have you overcome it? This past year, the sisters were challenged to uphold our touchstones of hospitality and community. With the monastery building closed, and all events postponed, we had to create new ways of reaching out to friends and neighbors in our community. We learned how to use Zoom. We posted frequently on social media. We wrote “old school” letters and called. We provided extra support and resources to our BEACON students to help them through this crisis.

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Arts Council

9419 BATTLE ST, MANASSAS, 20110 www.virginiaartfactory.org

Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas/Prince William County (ARTfactory)

www.pwcartscouncil.org Chair: Susan Landess History: In existence for over 15 years in various iterations under various parks and recreation entities.

Prince William County

Staff: All-volunteer organization with over 60 members Brief description of organization:

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Prince William County Arts Council is an advisory council to the Prince William County Department of Parks Recreation and Tourism. We are an allvolunteer organization whose purpose is to educate and advocate for the Arts in Greater Prince William.

Additional information: The Arts Council along with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism and the Hylton Performing Arts Center annually

JTC, Inc. is proud to be nominated for Prince William Chamber 2021 Tech Company of the Year and Excellence in Business 11+ Employees

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AGNES L. COLGAN COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: ARTS & EDUCATION: OTHER FINALISTS sponsors a free Arts Festival in the fall with over 30 acts on five stages plus hands on art for kids and other interactive activities. The Arts Council also sponsors the annual Kathleen Seefeldt Awards honoring artists, supporters and organizations in various categories.

What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? Knowing how the arts can provide help and solace in trying times, we are very proud that in the time of COVID many of our members have continued to rehearse and perform both virtually and in person in various outdoor venues. Internally, we provide education for members and the community on topics of interest such as grant writing, finances and marketing.

What has been the biggest challenge of your business and how have you overcome it? To assist our members in their response to COVID, we created “Get Your Art On” a link on our website to short videos by members that help them with broader exposure.

Virginia National Ballet 8104 FLANNERY COURT, MANASSAS, 20109 www.virginianationalballet.org

Owner/Chairman/CEO: Elysabeth Muscat Established: 2013 Number of employees: 10 Brief description of business: Professional ballet company Additional information: Virginia National Ballet has strived to improve the quality of life in Prince William County and beyond by producing engaging and unique dance performances with outstanding choreography, dancers, and production quality, all at a very reasonable cost. Additionally the ballet gives back to the community by giving free outreach performances and donating free tickets to various charitable organizations.

What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? We were able to present a beautiful production of the ballet “Cinderella” in February just before the pandemic hit. We are glad that the company has been able to remain solvent even without the ability to perform in theaters during the pandemic. What has been the biggest challenge of your business and how have you overcome it? The biggest challenge has certainly been the pandemic. The ballet was having its best year yet in 2019-20 with more performances, tours and outreach activities. We have been on hiatus but are gearing up for an exciting new season in 2021-22.

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B&W Associates

media arm, WUPW.news, supports the

2603 HANCO CENTER DRIVE, WOODBRIDGE 22191

community by providing free coverage

www.hometowneautorepairandtireofwoodbridge. com

Owner/Chairman/CEO: ST Billingsley

company’s mission to give back to the and promotion for non-profits. Since the coronavirus pandemic began, its auto repair shops have provided free oil

Established: 2005

changes, state inspections and flat repair

Number of employees: 25

to essential workers, including medical

Brief description of business: B&W Associates is an automotive repair company with two shops in Woodbridge – Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire and HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire. Its

staff, law enforcement and grocery store employees. WUPW.news promoted local businesses that remained open and provided more than $46,000 worth of coverage for at least 20 nonprofits in 2020.

District 29 Toastmasters Manassas Symphony Orchestra Inc. 8665 SUDLEY ROAD, #107, MANASSAS, 20110 Established: 1992 Brief description of organization: The symphony is a nonprofit organization of volunteer musicians who perform classical and pops concerts for the greater Prince William community. MSO's biggest

challenge was to transition to virtual formats to entertain our audiences. MSO's performances can be found on Facebook and Youtube. Members of the orchestra have volunteered to play at local nursing homes. However, COVID-19 restrictions meant performing outside in the cold with residents watching from the windows.

Stemtree of Lake Ridge (Kingdom Kids LLC) See write-up, Emerging Business of the Year category, Page 10

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10 local branch locations including Manassas and Gainesville

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Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Award: Health & Human Services

Winner Prince William County Community Foundation P.O. BOX 5148, WOODBRIDGE, 22194 www.pwccfoundation.org President/CEO: Dr. Vanessa M. Gattis Established: Feb. 8, 2018; nonprofit status, Nov. 28, 2018 Number of employees: 3

Brief description of organization: The Prince William County Community Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization committed to building philanthropic resources that will sustain healthy and vital Prince William communities now and into the future. By helping to improve the quality of life of the residents in our community, we are promoting community solutions through research and actions that will advance the common good. Through a number of initiatives that focus on food insecurity, healthcare and education, the foundation ensures that social, environmental and economic health is our utmost priority. Additional information: Our Combating Hunger on Wheels (C.H.O.W.) initiative, which began in 2019 to help eradicate childhood and family hunger in Prince William, has been at the forefront since the beginning of the pandemic. The C.H.O.W. Wagon distributes nutritious food resources to community members who lack the food resources or

transportation. As of the end of 2020, PWCCF has distributed over 42,000 meals to more than 6,500 families all across the county. What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? Despite the challenges and restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were able to continue servicing and meeting the needs of our community. Our volunteers are the backbone of the community foundation. Without them, we would not have been able to serve our community. What has been the biggest challenge of your business and how have you overcome it? Of course, as a nonprofit, one of our biggest challenges is funding. We have submitted hundreds of grant and donation requests so that we can continue to serve our community. Through partnerships with other organizations in our community, we were able to secure in-kind donations so that we can continue to feed our most vulnerable populations.

AGNES L. COLGAN COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES: OTHER FINALISTS Number of employees: 8

House of Mercy 8170 FLANNERY COURT MANASSAS, 20109 www.houseofmercyva.org Executive director: Jessica Root Established: 2006

Brief description of organization: House of Mercy provides food, clothing, education and prayer for those in need. Additional information: We are serving 50 to 70 or more families a day with free food and clothing, plus additional assistance according to each family’s needs. We do this through our food

pantry, thrift store and donation center. Our thrift store and donation center are open to the public, and everything donated or purchased helps to feed a family in need. We also partner with over 50 organizations annually to help in other ways in our community. What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? We were

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the only food pantry that stayed open during the COVID quarantine on the west end of the county that was serving clients five days a week, twice per month. Our client need increased by over 800% this year because of the pandemic, but our community stepped up to support us and we didn't have to turn away anyone. What has been the biggest challenge


AGNES L. COLGAN COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES: OTHER FINALISTS of your business and how have you overcome it? This year, definitely the pandemic. One of our largest challenges was having to send all of our volunteers home during the quarantine and only have five staff serving 80-plus families per day out of the food pantry (while trying to get other work done as well!). After re-opening, only 30% of our volunteers came back, so staffing was again, and has continued to be, a challenge, but through some additional funds and getting the word out, we have been able to increase our staff and volunteer base.

Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc P. O. BOX 1099, WOODBRIDGE, 22195 www.pwcacdst.org President: Sharon M. Andrews Established: Dec. 1, 1984.

Number of members: 239 Brief description of organization: The Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is a private, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park through our programs that address scholarships, youth initiatives, economic growth, and service. Additional information: In the past 35 years, our chapter has awarded over $105,825 in scholarships and donated over $40,000 to other nonprofit organizations. In addition, the chapter offers workshops for high school girls about preparing for college and getting hired and for middle school girls about health, reading and etiquette. Our annual Day of Service project collects coats and non-perishable food items to donate to other nonprofit organizations. In January 2020, we collected 1,043 winter wear items and 1,056 nonperishable items. What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? We are extremely proud of being able to continue our dedication and service to the community through our programs despite the limitations caused by COVID-19. For example, we hosted our first virtual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Oratorical Contest and Program, showcasing youth oratorical skills.

What has been the biggest challenge and how have you overcome it? This year the overarching challenge has been how do we continue to provide funds for scholarships to our youth in the virtual environment. We found ways such as popcorn sales, 36th anniversary donations, and celebrity chef cooking classes, etc. It has been challenging and requires some out-of-thebox thinking and inspiration

Serve Our Willing Warriors (d/b/a Willing Warriors) 16013 WATERFALL ROAD, HAYMARKET, 20169 www.willingwarriors.org President and co-founder: Shirley Dominick Established: 2012 Number of employees: 6 Brief description of organization: Willing Warriors operates the Warrior Retreat at Bull Run to provide cost-free respite stays to wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans. The 37acre property has two ADA-compliant homes, which each can house a warrior along with nine other family members or

battle buddies. Our goal is to strengthen the family unit by providing them a place to reconnect and relax in the serene setting of the Bull Run Mountains. Additional information: During their stay, the warriors choose three from a list of 20 off or on-site activities provided free of charge by partnering community members. Also, each stay is treated to a Visiting Chef Night where they get to experience a meal of a lifetime prepared by a local visiting chef team or the White House Presidential Food Services Team. What are you most proud of having accomplished over the past year? The Warrior Retreat was able to keep the doors open to our warrior families when they needed us most during the pandemic. We were able to continue to provide fivenight stays to warrior families and make a positive impact in their lives. What has been the biggest challenge of your business and how have you overcome it? The pandemic greatly affected our ability to run our operations with volunteers. Our small staff and core group of volunteers pulled together and revised practices based on CDC and government guidelines to keep our warriors as well as each other safe. We applied for and received grant funding for enhanced cleaning of each home between warrior family stays. HONORABLE MENTIONS, PAGE 26

FOUNDED: 2018 | OWNER: CHRIS PEDEN, CPA, CMA, CFM

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The Arc of Greater Prince William/INSIGHT INC. The Fourth Wish Foundation Girls on the Run of NOVA Novant Health UVA Health System See Write-up, Excellence in Business (11+ employees) Category, Page 8

The Human Services Alliance of Greater Prince William See Writeup, Community Outreach category, Page 18

Project Mend-A-House Inc. Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center 2300 OPITZ BLVD., WOODBRIDGE, 22191 www.sentara.com Top local executive: Kathie Johnson, Ph.D., RN, president, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Established: Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center began serving the eastern Prince William County community on Nov. 7, 1972, and merged with Sentara Healthcare in December 2009. Number of employees: 1,100 in Northern Virginia; 30,000 across the health system. Brief description of business: Sentara Healthcare is an integrated, not-forprofit system focused on clinical quality and safety, innovation and creating an extraordinary experience for our patients and community. Sentara Healthcare comprises 12 acute-care hospitals with more than 300 sites of care all throughout Virginia and northeastern North Carolina and beyond. In response to COVID-19, members of our medical community responded to our surge staffing requests, we privately chartered international planes to obtain necessary PPE to keep our teams safe, and we continue to provide 1,000 COVID-19 test kits and lab services each week in support of Prince William County Community COVID-19 testing sites.

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