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BizLaunch Feature Business: WAY Tipping
BizLaunch Feature Business: WAY Tipping
Since March, BizLaunch has been working with innovative startups who are developing solutions to help adjust to a new normal. With digital payments expected to continue to rise, WAY (We Appreciate you) Tipping creates a digital tip jar for businesses that is simple, fast, contactless and secure.

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#ShopARL Holiday Takeover
#ShopARL Holiday Takeover
This year, as part of our marketing efforts for Small Business Saturday (Nov. 28), we’re giving Arlington small businesses the opportunity to take over our Facebook and Instagram. What is a social media takeover? A social media takeover is your opportunity to highlight your small business on our Facebook and Instagram for an entire day! All through November and December, small businesses can submit video content to be included in our Facebook and Instagram stories

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Arlington Companies Named Some of the Fastest Growing in the Region
Arlington Companies Named Some of the Fastest Growing in the Region
The Washington Business Journal is out with its annual Fastest Growing Companies rankings, and Arlington companies are well represented as being some of the fastest growing in the region. Six Arlington companies made the list — with two in the top 10. The list is ranked by a company’s average percent change in revenue between 2017 – 2019. Companies of all sectors were included for consideration.

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The SWaMmy Honors – Celebrating Virginia's Small Businesses
The SWaMmy Honors – Celebrating Virginia's Small Businesses
The SWaMmy Honors was originally envisioned as an in-person awards celebration to be held in May in Richmond. However, like many of the small businesses we serve, we ourselves had to pivo t— check out the results! 

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Simple Sanitizer: A Local Coffee Roaster's Pivot During COVID-19
Simple Sanitizer: A Local Coffee Roaster's Pivot During COVID-19
As the country began to experience the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, Compass Coffee, a Shaw-based coffee roaster with two Arlington locations in Rosslyn and Ballston, scrambled to save their business. 

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BizLaunch Featured Business: Emerald Massage Center
BizLaunch Featured Business: Emerald Massage Center
Emerald Massage Center is a woman owned small business specializing in Deep Tissue, Swedish, Hot Stone and Sports Massage located in the Lyon Park neighborhood of Arlington. “We love being in Lyon Park because it’s so charming and close to the Clarendon Metro station,” says owner Amanda Silva. Having immigrated to the United States from Brazil at the age of 13, owning a small business has been a dream of a lifetime.

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Small Business Focus:  BizRefresh: Igniting the Spark in Your Business
BizRefresh: Igniting the Spark in Your Business is an eight-week, in-depth training program designed to support and build resiliency for Arlington small businesses. Designed initially for GRANT recipients, BizLaunch has just opened this exciting new program to everyone. 

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Small Business Focus: Five Things to Check Under Your Hood
Small Business Focus: Five Things to Check Under Your Hood
Just as we have been making our workspaces more productive – now is the time to look under the hood of your business to ensure the engine is running smoothly and continues to run smoothly as we move through the current health pandemic.

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31 Arlington Companies Named to the Inc. 5000
31 Arlington Companies Named to the Inc. 5000
Inc. magazine named 31 Arlington companies to its annual list of the nation’s 5,000 fastest-growing companies, the Inc. 5000, with five appearing in the exclusive Inc. 500. 34 Arlington companies were named to the list in 2018 and 2019, up from 21 companies in 2017.

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Q2 Talent Corner: Northern Virginia Jumps In Tech Rankings
Q2 Talent Corner: Northern Virginia Jumps In Tech Rankings
The Northern Virginia tech market continues piling up national recognition in the wake of CBRE's recent release of the 2020 Scoring Tech Talent report, which ranked the D.C.-area as the second best market for tech talent in North America, trailing only the San Francisco Bay Area.

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A Landmark 18 Months for Northern Virginia's Tech Hub
A Landmark 18 Months for Northern Virginia's Tech Hub
Over the preceding two decades, Northern Virginia has undergone a transformation from a suburb of Washington, D.C. reliant on the federal government's presence to a thriving destination in its own right that has emerged as one of the country’s top tech hubs. Even in the face of an unprecedented global pandemic, Northern Virginia is poised to become a globally recognized tech hub due to the region's strong existing talent pool and future pipeline, proximity to the federal government, and robust transportation network. Combined, these assets will continue to make Northern Virginia an attractive business environment for Fortune 100 companies and innovative startups alike.

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Arlington Celebrates National Nonprofit Day
Arlington Celebrates National Nonprofit Day
Founded on August 17, 2017, National Nonprofit Day’s goal is to educate, enlighten, and empower others to make a difference, as well as acknowledge the industry’s dedicated workforce. In honor of National Nonprofit Day, Arlington Economic Development highlights over two dozen nonprofits and connect the Arlington community with opportunities to get involved.

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Arlington's Innovative Past, Present, and Future
Arlington's Innovative Past, Present and Future
With its recent acquisition of Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum in Arlington, JBG SMITH is accelerating its ability to bring 5G and other technology infrastructure to the National Landing area. The investment is part of a broader public/private effort to create a premier destination for entrepreneurs and global tech companies to innovate and scale globally. The plans align with Arlington's innovative ethos, which is most notable for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's  (DARPA) work to build the technological foundations for the internet.

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Arlington Economic Development and Arlington Chamber of Commerce Partner on Return to the Workplace Toolkit
Arlington Economic Development and Arlington Chamber of Commerce Partner on Return to the Workplace Toolkit
As companies throughout Arlington begin to make plans for a return to the workplace, Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce have partnered to release the Return to the Workplace Toolkit. The toolkit is a resource designed to aid Arlington’s businesses in safely welcoming back employees and customers when they choose to do so.

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Small Business Focus: Latest Funding Resources for Small Businesses
Small Business Focus: Latest Funding Resources for Small Businesses
In BizLaunch, we are currently working on designing curriculum this summer for our small business community to help aide with challenges facing businesses as we work through this international health crisis. We are committed to introducing the latest round of funding sources offered by the Commonwealth of Virginia and organizations that support small businesses. Read Tara's blog to learn about potential grant opportunities for businesses impacted by COVID-19.

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New grant program for small businesses and nonprofits, Rebuild VA, opens 8/10
The Commonwealth of Virginia is launching a new grant program for small businesses and nonprofits called Rebuild VA. The program will provide grants of up to three-times the applicant’s average monthly eligible expenses up to a maximum award of $10,000. Applications become available on Aug. 10.

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A Look Back on Economic Development in FY20 
A Look Back on Economic Development in FY20 
It’s the end of Arlington County’s fiscal year, a time when we look back at our activities over the past twelve months to reflect on our collective wins, challenges and opportunities.

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Launching a Business During a Pandemic? Why Yes!
Launching a Business During a Pandemic? Why Yes!
A series on how businesses and organizations in the creative economy are managing, innovating, coping and strategizing during a pandemic.

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New Webinar Series Helps Arlington Businesses Reopen Safely
New Webinar Series Helps Arlington Businesses Reopen Safely
AED’s Business Investment Group began a series of webinars to help office tenants as they consider reopening their workplace amidst the pandemic. The initial webinar, “Reopening Safely: Your Guide to Managing the Workplace During COVID-19” focused on the physical safety of bringing employees back to the office with a panel of health and workplace strategy experts.

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Arlington theaters start spreading good news
Arlington theaters start spreading good news
A series on how businesses and organizations in the creative economy are managing, innovating, coping and strategizing during a pandemic.

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