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TOL PR 2016-10-18 HUBZone quarterly meeting Town of Leesburg News Release For Immediate Release Media Contact: Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer barnett@leesburgva.gov  703-771-2734 Town of Leesburg Hosts HUBZone Business Meeting at Mason Enterprise Center on October 27, 2016 Small businesses interested in federal contracting or HUBZone certification are invited to attend this no-cost informational meeting. Leesburg, VA (October 18, 2016) – The Town of Leesburg’s Economic Development Office will hold its next quarterly HUBZone Business Meeting on Thursday, October 27, 2016, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Mason Enterprise Center in downtown Leesburg (202 Church Street SE ). The meeting is no-cost and open to all small businesses. The guest speaker for this quarter’s meeting will be Shirley Bailey. Mrs. Bailey is the co-owner and Vice President of Operations for GCC Technologies, LLC. GCC Technologies is a service- disabled veteran-owned and Small Business Association (SBA) certified HUBZone small business. In 2000, GCC Technologies became the first company in Allegany County, Maryland, to become an SBA-certified HUBZone contractor. As a very strong advocate for the HUBZone program, Bailey and her team have taken a very active role in promoting the benefits and contributions of the HUBZone program to the economic development of communities throughout our nation and to the small business companies it supports. Bailey currently serves as the Chair & President of the HUBZone Contractor's National Council, a national non -profit, non-partisan trade association supporting the HUBZone program established to strengthen, improve and promote the HUBZone program. Since 2007, Bailey has functioned as the Program Manager for a major contract with the SBA to provide help desk and program management support services to the HUBZone Program Office. She has participated as a key advisor to the HUBZone Program Office management team as they have reengineered the processes and procedures necessary to implement and enforce this important federal contracting program. A program of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the HUBZone program helps small businesses gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities while increasing employment opportunities in economically distressed areas. In an effort to assist local businesses with navigating the HUBZone certification process, the Leesburg Economic Development Office partners with local business owners who have completed the process successfully to present quarterly information sharing meetings. Please visit www.leesburgva.gov/hubzone to RSVP for this meeting. For more information about the Leesburg HUBZone, contact Kindra Harvey, Business Development Manager with the Leesburg Economic Development Office, at kharvey@leesburgva.gov or 703-737-6530. # # #