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Native American Tribe Bets On Olive Oil
Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 6:21am

Once impoverished, California's Yocha Dehe tribe found success with a casino complex. Now the tribe is using its newfound wealth to grow, bottle and sell premium olive oil.

As Americans Increasingly Bypass Malls, What's To Become Of Black Friday?
Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 5:00pm

Is Black Friday no longer a thing? Bloomberg retail columnist Shelly Banjo talks about Black Friday results and how shopping trends are changing.

Barbershop: Black Friday, Black Lives Matter And Social 'Cuffing'
Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 5:00pm

The talk in the Barbershop this week is about Black Friday, Black Lives Matter and social "cuffing." Wesley Lowery, national reporter at The Washington Post, Katie Notopoulos, a senior editor at Buzzfeed, and Jozen Cummings, an editorial associate at Twitter, join the conversation.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Now hear this: The E-Bird will not fly Thursday because the FCEDA will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. Ye Olde Editor thanks all loyal E-Bird readers for their interest in Fairfax County and wishes one and all a bountiful holiday.

Hot off the presses: Tysons Corner-based digital and management consulting firm Celerity will be bought by AUSY North America, a subsidiary of France-based IT consulting and engineering firm AUSY SA. AUSY said it is acquiring Celerity to further its growth in North America. Pass the crème brûlée and read this Virginia Business story.

The eyes have it: Herndon-based Euclid Systems Corporation, which makes specialty contact lenses for those with myopia (nearsightedness), won the 2015 Commonwealth of Virginia Governor's Award for Excellence in International Trade. Euclid Systems said it has increased sales six-fold and more than tripled its staffing since it began participating in Virginia Economic Development Partnership international trade programs in 2010. For more on this far-sighted company, look at this release picked up by VirginiaBIO News.

Circling back to basics: Fortune reported that CircleBack, a Tysons Corner startup focused on keeping contact information updated, is ending a strategy to appeal to businesses and returning to its original mission of ensuring consumers that their personal business contact lists are accurate. Barb Darrow says on the Fortune site that the company cut 19 jobs because of the strategic shift.

On second thought: The General Services Administration Office of Inspector General is questioning whether the federal government should swap the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover Building in downtown Washington for a new headquarters elsewhere, or if it could get a better deal keeping the projects separate. Loyal E-Bird readers know the GSA warehouse complex in central Springfield is a finalist for a new FBI HQ. Daniel Sernovitz worked up this arresting Washington Business Journal story.

Getting to mach speed: MACH37, the Herndon-based cybersecurity accelerator located at the Center for Innovative Technology, said it is accepting applications from information security startups and security entrepreneurs for its spring 2016 cohort. Potential participants are highly encouraged to apply by December 4. The Potomac Tech Wire linked to a MACH37 application.

Keep looking up: Anyone who works, shops or lives in Tysons Corner, or just travels through, know about all the construction cranes that have popped up since Metro's Silver Line opened in July 2015. The Washington Post briefed readers on the work, focusing on five projects (four residential and one with a mix of uses) that are on tap to start in 2016. No neck-craning necessary to read Jonathan O'Connell's story.