Leesburg’s business community was celebrated Wednesday night during the town’s annual Business Appreciation Awards.
Local leaders in both government, community organizations and businesses gathered at one of the town’s many new businesses, ChefScape in the Village at Leesburg, to dole out awards in seven categories.
The evening’s top prize went to Ara Bagdasarian, who was awarded the prestigious George C. Marshall Award in recognition of his numerous community contributions. In addition to his work as CEO of Omnilert Bagdasarian is involved in a slew of community efforts, from entrepreneurial education endeavors like the Small Business Development Center and the Lemonhead Council, to philanthropic efforts such as running and organizing the annual BENEFIT concert.
Cartwheels was recognized with the New Business Award. The golf cart transport service, which shuttles visitors around the downtown area, has quickly taken off with the many visitors to the downtown area since its launch in the fall.
Other winners included Clegg Chiropractic, which was recognized with the Heritage Award for its 40-plus years in business. Cucinamore , was recognized with the Innovations Award for its unique Italian cooking party business. FedBiz, a HUBZone-located business in town, picked up the Community Ambassador Award. Finally, two community organizations picked up the prizes for the Public Art Award and the Veteran’s Affairs Award—the Loudoun Ballet Performing Arts Company and the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, respectively.