• Local Business News

  • August 7, 2017

  • The unemployment rate in Fairfax County has a slight upward tick as do retail sales according to the July Economic Indicators from Fairfax County Department of Management and Budget. Find the latest on real estate news and sales in this report. Click here to read the entire report.


    To ensure that every child in the school district is prepared for school, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has launched Collect for Kids, www.collectforkids.org, a coordinated school supply drive to benefit needy FCPS students.  The drive will provide school supplies for the 2017-18 school year for students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals. 


    Are you a small business owner or aspiring entrepreneur interested in state and federal government contracting? Are you looking to obtain your SWaM certification  (Small, Women-owned, Minority-owned, Micro, Service Disabled Veteran-owned, and ESO businesses)? Join SFDC on Thursday, August 17, 8:30 -10:00 am at SpringHill Suites, 6065 Richmond Highway to learn from the experts at George Mason University on government contracting.


    Topgolf has received approval to open a new facility near National Harbor, which may mean the end of its Alexandria location on Van Dorn Street— the first Topgolf opened in the United States. Top Golf is not making a commitment to close the Van Dorn location saying, "A relocation is dependent upon many factors and is not guaranteed. If plans to relocate progress, the soonest a move could occur is at least a year and a half away and — more likely — longer. Topgolf has no intention of being in default of our existing lease.” Read the story in the Washington Business Journal.


    Optfinity Webinar  Designing and building your very own website has become easier and easier with many software platforms available for the novice business owner.  Optfinity’s August 25 webinar at 11 am will focus on tips and tricks that can make your website building and maintenance easier and more successful.  As usual, the event is on the fourth Friday of the month, so be sure to check out our calendar for next month's event and sign-up by going to our Eventbrite page.  If you have any questions, please contact us via email at info@optfinity.com or via phone 703-790-0400


    Sign up to get project information via email for the Richmond Highway Improvement Project. This is the VDOT project to widen Richmond Highway / US Route 1. Click here for the link to signup for email alerts and information.


    The Fairfax County Economic Indicators newsletter for July 2017 is now available on the County website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/economic/economic_indicators.htm.


    United Community Ministries, Inc. (UCM) is pleased to announce that Tonya Bailey has joined the agency as Deputy Executive Director, effective  July 10.  Bailey is responsible for overall strategy and administration of UCM’s program areas for engagement with key internal and external stakeholders, including Children, Youth, and Family Services; UCM Early Learning Center; Healthy Families Mount Vernon; Progreso Literacy and Citizenship Center; and Opportunity Neighborhood Mount Vernon. Bailey comes to UCM from Northern Virginia Family Service, where she served as Director of Research, Evaluation, and Quality Assurance.  She holds a B.A. degree in political science and international affairs from Bowling Green State University, where she also earned a Masters of Public Administration and International Affairs, specializing in economic development.


    Dash through history with George Washington’s Patriot Run, the area’s most unique 10K/5K on September 10, 8 am to noon! This course takes runners up and down the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway and traces Washington’s footsteps through the historic grounds at Mount Vernon. Cross the finish line with the Mansion in view and receive a t-shirt and medal. Children can join the fun during the free Kids Fun Run (registration required). Participants receive a medal and certification of participation. Register today at mountvernon.org/patriot run


    Fairfax County EDA presents Social Media Week independent conference on September 14  An exceptional lineup of acclaimed speakers will tackle leading-edge social media topics on Thursday, September 14, when the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) presents Social Media Week Independent (SMWiFairfax). This event, carrying the theme Language and the Machine, will be hosted at Capital One headquarters in Tysons Corner.  SMWiFairfax is a one-day event, acting under the guidance of Social Media Week and tailored to the community where it takes place. The goal of SMWiFairfax is to provoke discussion and debate on the changes in human connectivity through engaging, entertaining, educational and diverse content and experiences. 


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