The Washington suburbs are home to eight of the fastest-growing small businesses in the country, and not surprisingly, most of them sell directly to the federal government.
Inc.’s inaugural Hire Power Awards, which rank the nation’s top 100 small businesses by job growth between 2008 and 2011, include six companies based in Northern Virginia and two in Maryland. Highest among them was FCi Federal (No. 19), based in Leesburg, Va., which provides human resources and outsourcing services to federal agencies. The company created 767 new jobs over that three-year period, bringing its worker total to 816.
The remaining three firms listed in the “Government Services” industry were Vienna, Va.-based A-T Solutions (No. 38, 500 jobs), a counter-terrorism and security services provider, Bethesda, Md.- based Digital Management (No. 46, 453 jobs), a strategic consulting firm, and North Bethesda, Md.-based LongView International Technology Solutions (No. 58, 400 jobs), an IT services company.
However, some of those listed in other industries have direct ties to the federal government. Herndon, Va.-based Deltek (No. 53), for instance, provides software and consulting – much of it going directly to government agencies or other government contractors. Valbin (No. 56), based in Arlington, Va., provides language and cultural services, selling to a host of private-sector clients as well as the Department of Defense, Department of State, and Department of Homeland Security.
The region’s only non-government-related businesses to make the list were JK Moving Services (No. 83), based in Sterling, Va., which provides moving and storage services, and Billy Casper Golf (No. 91), based in Vienna, Va., which manages more than 140 golf courses.
Virginia boasted the third-most companies on the list, behind only California and Illinois. Combined, the top 100 companies created a total of 73,032 new jobs between 2008 and 2011.
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