Thomas Heath

Washington, D.C.

Local business reporter and columnist, writing about entrepreneurs and companies in the Washington metropolitan area

Education: Fordham University

Thomas Heath is a local business reporter and columnist, writing about entrepreneurs and various companies big and small in the Washington metropolitan area. Previously, he wrote about the business of sports for The Washington Post’s sports section for most of a decade. He has also covered local news, including the Maryland General Assembly and investigative work in Fairfax County. He has served as a correspondent for Newsweek and The Post, participating in coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing, the Unabomber and the O.J. Simpson trial. Heath was born and raised in Syracuse, N.Y. He is a gradu
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Leap started as a hobby. Now, it’s a multimillion-dollar platform.

The app is used by contractors to manage projects such as roof replacements and kitchen remodels.

April 16, 2021

Custom T-shirt maker saves its business with early pivot to masks

Fairfax-based Custom Ink was forced to recalibrate and rethink its business after the pandemic sent sales tumbling in March.

March 4, 2021

Parkway Cleaners fuels growth through innovation and custom work

Jon Simon taps business and technical savvy to build a D.C. mainstay that has cleaned a first lady’s quilt and a flag from Ford’s Theatre.

January 30, 2021

Xometry uses AI and algorithms to match manufacturers with hard-to-find parts

The Maryland-based company is closing in on $150 million in sales and planning to go public in 2021.

December 24, 2020

After reimagining apartment storage, Bradyl bloomed

The Rockville company responded to the need for enclosed, secure places to put possessions.

November 21, 2020

A childhood friendship leads to a Potomac paddle boat partnership

Jack Walten and Jack Maher find a moneymaking niche with the Potomac Paddle Club.

October 2, 2020

How patience and partnership built a billion-dollar data center business

Byrne Murphy and Bill Conway brought DigiPlex back from the brink with their personal money, granular management and a long-term mindset.

September 11, 2020

Healthy Fresh Meals competes in growing meal delivery market

Healthy Fresh Meals brings heat-and-eat food to athletes, fitness buffs and others.

August 22, 2020

Sweat DC makes a hard pivot to outlast pandemic

Owner Gerard Burley remade his fitness studio by cutting costs and moving classes outdoors.

August 1, 2020

Shares by the slice: Fractional investing sparks a stock market stampede

The option to buy a partial share has resonated with millennials during Wall Street’s rebound, but skeptics say there are better ways to build wealth.

July 10, 2020