Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards

Small Business Awards- Home Based Business

What an incredible honor! 

Several months ago, we were notified that SCS Safety Health and Security Associates LLC had been nominated for the Small Business Awards through the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce.  We had never been nominated for anything before, so we weren’t really sure what to expect. 

After having been nominated, we submitted an application, and based on the information provided and the recommendation letters, we were chosen to be one of the finalist for the Home Base Business of the Year. 

There were a total of 250 businesses and entrepreneurs nominated.  Of those nominated, 125 applied for eight different categories, and the coveted Small Business of the Year award.  The categories included Tourism & Entertainment, Independent Retailer, Service, Rural Business, Home Based Business, Nonprofit Organization, Technology, and Entrepreneur of the Year.  Each category had approximately five nominated businesses.  

We may not have won our category…..But we are so honored to have been nominated, and a finalist.

Small Business Awards

November 6, 2015 we headed out to the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia.  The masters of ceremony were two wonderful people – Carolyn Howell of Fun Company Events, and the Honorable Gary Clemens, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Loudoun County. 

Small Business Awards


The evening was just delightful, and I was so honored to enjoy it with both my husband Douglas Skinner, and daughter Kiley.

And the winners are:  

            Retail Business of the Year – Brew LoCo LLC

            Non-Profit of the Year – Boulder Crest Retreat for Military & Veterans Wellness

            Service Business of the Year – Commonwealth Vault & Safe Deposit Company

            Rural Business of the Year – Spring House Farm

            Tourism & Entertainment – The Zone

            Technology Business of the Year – Solebrity, Inc.

            Home Based Business of the Year – DeHenzel Training Systems

            Entrepreneur of the Year – Justin Dobson of Comfenergy


So who was the winner of the coveted Small Business of the Year?  Boulder Crest Retreat For Military & Veteran Wellness.  Boulder Crest Retreat is the first private wellness center in the country serving active-duty, reserve and National Guard personnel, veterans, and their family members. In its first 20 months of operation, The Boulder Crest Retreat has hosted more than 1000 guests for a combination of structured therapeutic retreat programs and family rest and reconnection (R&R) stays. These family stays and retreat programs facilitate delivery of combat-related stress recovery programs to the population(s) they serve, free of charge.

2015 – We have come a long way!

We have come a long way this year.  We have really grown, both professionally, and with the business.  But we really couldn’t have done it all by ourselves, there are many people to thank.  First we would like to thank Marc Chinoy of the Regis Group.  Marc worked with us to develop a strategic plan for the business.  We then turned to several prominent  business owners to serve as mentors, and advisors.  Prescott Engle with the Engle Paxson Hawthorne Insurance Agency, and Carolyn Berrigan of Radiance Salon & Medi Spa and Medi-Weightloss.  

We thank everyone for their support and business this year.  Thank you for making this an incredible year!