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Small Business Focus: Tara's Tips for a Successful Business in 2022
Small Business Focus: Tara's Tips for a Successful Business in 2022
Now that we’re in 2022, many small business owners may be wondering what they can do to make their business more prosperous in the new year. For our first Small Business Focus of 2022, we thought we’d have a Q&A with our BizLaunch Director, Tara Palacios who will share some tips from her 20+ years of experience in helping small businesses start, grow and scale.

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Small Business Focus: Santa Claus is Coming to Arlington
Small Business Focus: Santa Claus is Coming to Arlington
While Jolly Ole St. Nick gets all the credit for delivering gifts every holiday season, this year BizLaunch has pulled together its resources to bring together some awesome opportunities for small businesses this year and beyond.

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County, Neighboring Jurisdictions to Implement Plastic Bag Tax
Arlington County is joining neighbors Fairfax County and Cities of Falls Church and Alexandria in implementing a 5-cent tax on disposable plastic bags.

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TechConnect: Arlington Fintech Startup Doubled Employee Headcount and Raised $11M in 2021
TechConnect: Arlington Fintech Startup Doubled Employee Headcount and Raised $11M in 2021
This month’s TechConnect Profile will highlight Arlington-based Rize. Founded in 2015, Rize is a fintech infrastructure platform that provides new and established companies access to all of the tools they need to build, launch, and scale financial products and services.

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AED Fast Four Winners Announced
AED Fast Four Winners Announced
Earlier this month, Arlington Economic Development honored the winners of its fastest growing companies competition – known as the Arlington Fast Four.

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TechConnect: Low Code Software Drives Growth for Deft Consulting
TechConnect: Low-Code Software Drives Growth for Deft Consulting
This month’s TechConnect Profile will highlight Arlington-based Deft Consulting. Founded in 2016, Deft Consulting is a professional services firm specializing in low-code software implementations and committed to helping companies reach their peak efficiency, productivity, and profitability through effective business process design and automation.

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Zoning Changes Along Columbia Pike Pave Way for Expanded Retail
The County Board voted earlier this month to amend zoning ordinances to expand the retail possibilities along the Pike. Think things like a microbrewery. A pet boarding location. Perhaps an art gallery. Any of these could be possible as future Pike endeavors for entrepreneurs looking for the ideal spot for their next project. We could be seeing some expanded retail opportunities along Columbia Pike.

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TechConnect: AI Startup Fraym Raised $7M in Series B and Cut Employee Commute Time
TechConnect: AI Startup Fraym Raised $7M in Series B and Cut Employee Commute Time
This month, Arlington Economic Development is featuring Arlington-based Fraym for its TechConnect Profile. Founded in 2015, Fraym uses AI/ML powered software to generate hyperlocal insights on communities around the globe. The company’s location-based data about population characteristics and behaviors is employed by governments and organizations tackling some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

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Arlington Cybersecurity Startup Raises $20M in Series A Funding
Just in time for cybersecurity month, Arlington startup Shift5 announced that they raised $20 million in Series A financing. Shift5 defends military and commercial transportation systems from cyber attacks. The round was led by 645 Ventures, with participation from Squadra Ventures, General Advance and First In. The financing will allow the company to hire new talent in Arlington’s growing cybersecurity ecosystem.

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Call for Applications: Arlington's Fast Four Awards
Call for Applications: Arlington's Fast Four Awards
Arlington Economic Development is proud to announce the opening its seventh annual Fast Four Awards competition. The award program honors the fastest growing companies in the Arlington business community and recognizes their success, creativity, and in this year’s edition, resiliency in the face of the global pandemic.

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Small Business Focus: GRANT 2.0 Explained
Small Business Focus: GRANT 2.0 Explained
In our last Small Business Focus, we announced Arlington’s Small Business GRANT 2.0 and focused on eligibility. Now with applications underway through October 20, 2021, we thought we’d use this opportunity to explain how small businesses can leverage GRANT 2.0 funds.

 

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Accelerate 2022 Event, Showcasing Arlington's Innovation
Accelerate 2022 Event, Showcasing Arlington's Innovation
Accelerate 2022 is an investor conference and startup business competition to showcase Arlington and the Northern Virginia region as a national anchor for innovation and business opportunities. This event will take place at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus and provide a unique opportunity to showcase the community and its innovative companies to investors from all over the country to attract more outside capital to the region.

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Tech Connect: Fitness Startup SweatWorks One of Arlington's Fastest-Growing Companies
This month's TechConnect Profile highlights Arlington-based SweatWorks. Founded in 2012, SweatWorks is the leading technology company in the fitness industry, providing digital creative and hardware solutions. SweatWorks roster of clients includes notable national brands  Equinox, CityRow, SoulCycle, Spartan, Strava, Nike, Beachbody, Garmin, CLMBR, and many more.

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Small Business Focus: Arlington Small Business GRANT 2.0
Small Business Focus: Arlington Small Business GRANT 2.0
For many small business owners, the past 18 months have been incredibly challenging. Small business owners have been juggling a lot, from ensuring the safety of customers and employees to adjusting business models to comply with social distancing measures.

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Subsidio 2.0 para Pequeños Negocios de Arlington
Subsidio 2.0 para Pequeños Negocios de Arlington
Para muchos propietarios de pequeños negocios, los últimos 18 meses han sido increíblemente desafiantes. Los propietarios de pequeños negocios han estado enfrentando diversos desafíos, desde garantizar la seguridad de los clientes y empleados hasta ajustar los modelos de negocios para cumplir con las medidas de distanciamiento social. 

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Senior GMU Intern Looks at Entertainment Gaming Sector
Senior GMU Intern Looks at Entertainment Gaming Sector
GMU student Jordan Hull gives a first hand look at gaming as a new tech sector in Arlington.

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TechConnect: Shift5, Inc.
TechConnect: Shift5, Inc.
Founded in 2018, Shift5 is a computer software and cybersecurity company that offers interlocking products from hardware to SaaS that defend customers’ fleet assets through data capture, visualizations, analytics and alerts. In July 2021, We connected with Shift5’s CEO, Josh Lospinoso, to discuss cyber threats, the company’s rapid growth, the advantages of being based in Arlington and the future for the company.

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Virginia's "Return to Earn" Grant Program
Virginia's "Return to Earn" Grant Program
The Return to Earn grant program will match bonuses made by eligible small businesses up to $500 for new hires.

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Q2 Talent Corner: A Quarter of Accolades 
Q2 Talent Corner: A Quarter of Accolades 
Arlington and the surrounding D.C.-metro region are well-known for their high-caliber tech talent, but some awards stand above the rest. For example, Smart Asset named Arlington the Best City for Women in Tech, CBRE’s Scoring Tech Talent Report listed the D.C.-metro region as the third-best tech talent market in North America and Business Facilities ranked Virginia as the state with the best tech talent pipeline.  

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Biz Talk: A Look Back on Economic Development in FY21
Biz Talk: A Look Back on Economic Development in FY21
In this article written for ARLnow, Arlington Economic Development Director of Business Investment Marian Marquez looks back over the past twelve months and reflects on our successes, challenges and opportunities.

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