Making it in Arlington

It doesn’t take much to connect the influence of creativity and design to powerhouse companies. Yet many creatives, whether you’re an architect, graphic designer, media producer or artist, don’t see themselves embedded in the business world.

Those, like John Maeda, who have fused design with technology and investing, are still pioneers. When we think about who we might meet at a business event, it’s pretty easy to imagine we’ll bump into a tech startup over hors d’oeurves, trade business cards with a banker or get inspired by a strategic planner. But a puzzle maker, pie baker or textile designer? “Hey, I met a cool entrepreneur from Techshop” is probably not what you’ll be expecting to say. But connecting creatives and traditional business is often what turns accident into advantage.

At Arlington Premiere leaders of all sizes of businesses come together to celebrate startups and successes. This month, an introduction to Arlington’s Creative Economy hosted by the Rosslyn BID at Eastern Foundry was another way that the County supports diverse sector development. 

Setting the stage for innovation is part purposeful and part serendipity. So the next time you come to a business event in Arlington, you might take home an award and maybe you’ll go home with a raffle basket filled with Arlington-made sweets from Kingsbury Chocolates, a hand printed wine bag from Mira Jean Designs or a 3D printed puzzle from Can You Solve Me. It turns out there are lots of ways to make it in Arlington.

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Topic: Creative Economy