LEESBURG, Va., April 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Entrepreneur Leigh Macdonald joins the Loudoun Lemonhead Council (LLC) as its fifteenth member. The LLC is a volunteer council of local entrepreneurs and community leaders founded as a component of The Lemonhead Movement. The goal of the council is to support other business owners in building a successful business. Macdonald's first participating session will be at the Loudoun Small Business Development Center on April 12. She will use her experience as an attorney and law professor turned entrepreneur to benefit the council and its participants.
Macdonald joins founding council members: Brian Chavis of ARGroup, Miles Davis of Shenandoah University, Doug Fabbioli of Fabbioli Cellars, Shye Gillad of ProJet Aviation, Stilson Greene of Stilson Greene Graphic Design and Illustration, Scott Gustavson of Windward Commercial Real Estate Services, Katie Hammler of KSH Technology Solutions, Tony Howard of the Loudoun County Chamber, Mary Porter-Green of Curiosity Zone, Peter Vanderloo of AOL, John Walley of ClearPath and John Wood of Telos Corporation.
Founding council members, authors and entrepreneurs Ara Bagdasarian and Nick Gustavsson of Omnilert created the council as a cornerstone program to The Lemonhead Movement. The Lemonhead Movement and the Loudoun Lemonhead Council operate using business expertise from the 13 principles in the "The Lemonade Stand" book written by Bagdasarian and Gustavsson. The authors documented their business philosophies in the book after their company Omnilert became successful using these principles.
The LLC is the first in a nationwide network of volunteer councils for communities all over the United States. Each council member is selected based on their professional history embodying the lemonhead business philosophies.
Brian Chavis of the ARGroup stated, "It comes down to helping people avoid making mistakes in their business that are obvious to us but not to them. When you are risking your savings, any pot hole avoided is real money. Also, it is just plain fun to interact with other business people regarding their growth."
This type of entrepreneurial philosophy is in line with the LLC and its core mission. The council's mission comes at a time when many in the country are focused on entrepreneurship. At the time of the council launch in February 2011, Virginia Governor McDonnell had declared 2012 the Year of the Entrepreneur.
Other council members share the view that entrepreneurs can help each other, support innovation and improve the economy. Doug Fabbioli of Fabbioli Cellars said, "Working collaboratively is the best way to do business. The goal is to build a strong sustainable economy, and short-term greediness has no home in that goal. Business owners need to share what they know. Profitability comes with great collaboration."
Applications to participate in council sessions are located on the council web page. Entries are reviewed by a selection committee, and two businesses are selected to present at each council session. There are two categories for selection to provide a framework for council members to advise start-ups and more established businesses.
About The Lemonhead Movement:
The Lemonhead Movement started from two entrepreneurs' desire to encourage entrepreneurship and provide their personal expertise to aspiring entrepreneurs through the thirteen principles detailed in The Lemonade Stand book. The goal is simple: teach the principles of The Lemonade Stand to as many entrepreneurs as possible – and energize them to be successful. To achieve this, the Lemonhead Movement gives away one copy of The Lemonade Stand for every copy purchased. These LemonDrops are distributed at unemployment centers, graduations, job fairs, school business contests and other places where lemons need some serious squeezing. The Lemonhead Movement also provides free curriculum for high school and colleges to teach entrepreneurship. The Lemon Lessons program is another component of the mission of The Lemonhead Movement to "lower unemployment one entrepreneur at a time." Twitter: @lemonheadsrule
SOURCE The Lemonhead Movement