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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Now hear this: Interested in exporting your product or service? Attend "Global Expansion through Exporting -- New Markets, New Opportunities," which will be presented April 30 by the FCEDA in Tysons Corner to help those interested in entering the export market or in expanding export activities. Get more information and register here.

Hot off the presses: Herndon-based software firm APX Labs landed $10 million in a new round of funding. The company, which now has raised $15.8 million since 2010, said the investment will allow it to serve more customers and continue to develop software for computerized eyewear such as Google Glass. Bulldog Bill Flook has the specs in this Washington Business Journal story.  

Serving up a solution: Chantilly-based SI Organization will acquire the Services and Solutions Group of Reston-based QinetiQ North America, which provides engineering and technology services to defense and homeland security clients. The combined operation will have 4,800 employees with an expected revenue of $1.3 billion (yep, with a b). You can SI more in this Defense News story.

Strategery: Reston-based recruiting firm HireStrategy was acquired by Chicago-based staffing firm Addison Group. Fourteen-year-old HireStrategy will maintain its offices in Reston and Washington with CEO Paul Villella continuing to lead the business. Don't be Chi -- check out this release picked up by Potomac Tech Wire.

Mission possible: California-based engineering giant Parsons acquired Reston-based Secure Mission Solutions, which provides asset protection and cybersecurity services to national security and defense clients. Secure Mission Solutions will be part of Parsons' government services business unit. The secretary will not disavow knowledge of this release picked up by Potomac Tech Wire.

Booking it: Accounting firm Matthews, Carter & Boyce, which was founded in 1947, will relocate to a larger location in Fairfax later this year. Credit Virginia Business for working up this blurb about it.

Let's get small: Capital Business this week includes a "Small Business Guide to Success," a nifty set of tips from scribe J.D. Harrison on topics from financing to marketing.

Money matters: The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors yesterday approved 7-3 a $3.7 billion (yep, with a B) fiscal 2015 spending plan that includes a half-cent increase in the real estate tax rate, raises for county employees, more money for schools, and higher sewer fees and fees for adopting pets. Budget some time to read this story by T. Rees Shapiro of the Washington Post.

FAIRFACT: Fairfax County is home to nearly 300 associations and professional societies, for industries ranging from health care to manufacturing, and with staff sizes from as small as one to more than 500 employees.

Notable contract wins:

  • Leidos won a $13 million contract with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to manage its fuel monitoring system. MarketWatch.
     
  • Acentia won a $2.5 million contract with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to provide software design and development services. Yahoo! News.

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