Fairfax County Economic Development Authority Business News – August 25

Fairfax County mother/son duo launch activewear brand

Inspiring Triumph Over Obstacles: Victor Wear, a sportswear brand, was recently launched by Tiffany Hamilton of Lorton. The company, which sells t-shirts and hoodies emblazoned with a flame logo and slogans that “inspire triumph over obstacles”, was inspired by her 16-year-old son Isaiah, who has autism from high level. Ten percent of proceeds from each product sold are donated to Special Olympics.

Tiffany worked with the nonprofit SCORE to develop a business plan, took out two loans, invested some $40,000, applied for grants, hired a PR firm, partnered with a drop shipping and held a private logo design contest to get Victor Wear off the ground. floor. The company was launched in April. Although only a few months old, Isaiah has already received accolades for his work, landing the DC Chamber of Commerce’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2022 award. Tiffany wants to grow Victor Wear “to be as big as possible”, certainly to the point where it can provide opportunities for people with autism and “become a major employer of people with disabilities”. The Washington Business Journal has more in an article for subscribers.

Q&A with Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce President Samuel Wiggins

In recognition of National Black Business Month, the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) interviewed Samuel Wiggins, President of the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce (NVBCC). Located in the same office suite as FCEDA in Tysons, NVBCC is a partner organization of FCEDA and a member of the Multi-Cultural Chambers Alliance, along with the Asian American Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Virginia.

The Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to the growth and development of its member partners and the businesses that wish to partner with them. The Chamber’s goal is to facilitate the economic empowerment of Black-owned businesses in Northern Virginia and to promote growth and development in the region.

Click here to read the questions and answers.

Enable transparent communication

Tysons-based SpaceLink will work with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop protocols for how commercial communications constellations will connect to defense and military systems, SpaceNews reported. DARPA launched a new project earlier this month called Space BACN (Space Adaptive Communications Node) to develop low-cost optical links to connect commercial and government constellations. The agency wants to create an Internet of satellites in low Earth orbit that allows seamless communication between military, civilian and private satellite networks that are not currently interoperable. SpaceLink, a company that builds a data relay constellation of medium Earth orbit satellites connected by laser links, is one of 11 organizations selected for the first phase of the Space BACN project. SpaceLink partners with Centerville-based Parsons. CACI, based in Reston, is also among the 11 companies selected. The payload has more.

Leidos partners with the HOPE project

The Fortune 500 defense contractor based in Reston, Leidos, announced a partnership with Project HOPE, a global health and humanitarian relief organization based in Washington, D.C., establishing an ongoing relationship to support the medical relief efforts of the organization in Ukraine, which is still in conflict with Russia. . “The numbers are horrendous: tens of millions displaced, 12,000 civilian casualties,” Leidos CEO Roger Krone said in an exclusive interview with Virginia Business from his Reston office this week. “We just thought it was about getting the money where it was needed when it was needed, and providing the right training and supplies.”

Hawk Flight Change

Northrop Grumman, based in the Falls Church area, is reconfiguring the Department of Defense’s RQ-4B Global Hawk unmanned aircraft systems into RQ-4 RangeHawk surveillance drones to support hypersonic missile flight testing, said reported ExecutiveBiz. The company said Wednesday that the previously designated drones will be installed with sensors to support data collection from hypersonic missile tests. “Our RQ-4 RangeHawks will support the emerging class of hypersonic weapons and provide a combination of range, endurance and payload capacity,” said Jane Bishop, vice president and general manager of global surveillance at Northrop Grumman.

guide the way

Tysons-based Guidehouse, a privately held local consulting firm, is bolstering its government services practice by acquiring Grant Thornton’s public sector advisory group, the Washington Business Journal reported. Guidehouse said the deal, announced Monday, would add a roster of professionals in DC and other U.S. cities with extensive experience advising federal, state and local government agencies in areas including finance, technology information, data analysis and performance management. The acquisition would be the third for Guidehouse since it was formed from the 2018 spin-off of the public sector practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers and acquired by New York-based private equity group Veritas Capital.

Smooth transition

Reston’s Transaction Network Services has acquired AGNITY Global, a Silicon Valley-based telecommunications technology company, in a deal the Washington Business Journal says will help it ease customers’ transition to 5G. While TNS, which serves large and small telecommunications companies, has worked with AGNITY Global in the past, the acquisition was prompted by the challenges that many small telecommunications operators face when updating their networks. to support 5G services, said Bill Versen, president of TNS’ communications market. Company.

Shuttle service

Boston Properties and other property owners in Reston Town Center are contributing to a new shuttle service that will launch in time for the launch of a new Silver Line subway station slated for late fall. The Reston Town Center Association, the governing body of the growing retail, office and restaurant hub, is launching the linkRTC service. The free shuttle will open when the new Reston Town Center tube station begins accepting passengers. The shuttle adds another option for accessing one of six new Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority subway stations planned with the 11-mile Silver Line expansion, the Washington Business Journal reported.

Fight against counterfeiting

Amazon.com is sponsoring a hackathon at Fairfax-based George Mason University to address a problem the e-commerce giant itself could use to address: counterfeiting in the online marketplace. The company has partnered with Mason’s Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center, a research center at Fairfax University’s Schar School of Policy and Government, to host the 2022 Bring Down Counterfeiting Public Policy Hackathon. Blue Clarity, a Tysons-based information technology consultant, is managing the event, which will launch virtually on August 27. Counterfeit and pirated goods account for 2.5% of global trade, or about $464 billion a year, according to a 2021 study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The Washington Business Journal has more.

Calculated risks

Anthony “Tony” Jimenez, president and CEO of Tysons-based MicroTech, graced the cover of Hispanic Executive magazine this month in an article titled, “Tony Jimenez finds success through calculated risk.” The Hispanic Executive article follows Jimenez’s journey from childhood through his years of distinguished service in the U.S. military leading a half-billion-dollar technology integrator that serves top government agencies. and the biggest names in the business world. WVNews picked up the statement.

From sleepy suburbs to economic colossus

Gerald Gordon, former president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, is the author of a new book: “J’s Journey: The Life, Leadership, and Legacy of J Hamilton Lambert”. Commissioned by late developer Sidney Dewberry and several others, the book details how former Fairfax County Executive Lambert and a few other local notables transformed Northern Virginia from sleepy suburbs into an economic colossus. Lambert began his government career in Fairfax County in 1959. He served in over twenty positions in Fairfax County government and spent over 14 years as an acting or permanent county executive. Sun Gazette has more.

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