Fairfax County companies owned by African-Americans, Hispanics and women shine in national rankings

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Minority-owned firms in county employ more than similar companies in 25 states

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fairfax County, Virginia USA – Fairfax County companies owned by African-Americans, Hispanics and women shine in the latest national rankings for largest or fastest-growing companies in their respective groups.

Four Fairfax County-based companies are on the 2014 Black Enterprise (BE) magazine list of the 100 largest African American-owned companies in the U.S. The Fairfax County companies are among seven on the 2014 BE 100 Industrial/Service list from Virginia. Five on the list are from Maryland and two are from the District of Columbia.

Here are the Fairfax County companies, industry, and location in the county:

7. Thompson Hospitality, food services, Herndon

56. SoBran, workforce services, Fairfax

82. Metters Incorporated, information technology and engineering services, Tysons Corner

84. InScope International, information technology and workforce services, Reston

Together these companies generated $614 million in revenue and had more than 5,300 employees in 2013, according to Black Enterprise.

Three Fairfax County-based companies are on the 2014 HispanicBusiness 100 list of the largest Hispanic-owned businesses in the nation based on revenue, according to HispanicBusiness.com. Together, these companies generated $148 million in revenue and employed more than 1,300 workers in 2013, according to HispanicBusiness.com.

Here are the three Fairfax County companies on the Hispanic Business 100, and their locations:

79. GeoLogics Corporation, information technology services, Alexandria

94. KEMRON, environmental services, Tysons Corner

100. Priority One Services, Inc., scientific staffing services, Alexandria

They represent all the companies on the list from Virginia. One company on the list is from Maryland and one is from the District of Columbia.

The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), a peer-advisory group for multimillion-dollar women-owned businesses, released its 2014 list of the 50 fastest-growing women-owned/led companies around the globe. The WPO rankings include one Fairfax County-based company:

37. Ampcus Inc., information technology and staffing services, Chantilly

It is the only company from Virginia on the list. Two on the list are from Maryland and one is from the District of Columbia.

“It is gratifying that so many Fairfax County companies are part of these national and even international lists because it says a lot about them and about our community,” said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. “These companies illustrate two of Fairfax County’s greatest strengths: the diverse nature of our business community and the ability of anyone to be successful based on good ideas and hard work.”

Here are other facts about minority-owned businesses in Fairfax County:

  • Fairfax County has the largest portfolio of Virginia firms participating in the U.S. Small Business Administration 8(a) business development program for small and disadvantaged businesses.
  • Minority-owned firms in Fairfax County have more employees than the totals for firms in 25 states and the District of Columbia.
  • The sales and receipts generated by minority-owned firms in Fairfax County are greater than totals for firms in 20 states and the District of Columbia.

In August 2013, the FCEDA brought together the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce and the Asian American Chamber of Commerce to forge an agreement through which the organizations collaborate on programming and events.

The FCEDA’s Business Diversity Division supports the growth of these enterprises by organizing and hosting workshops that showcase local, state and federal resources available to entrepreneurs and small businesses and by hosting SCORE business counselors. Click here to learn more about these programs.

Time magazine called Fairfax County “one of the great economic success stories of our time.” Business growth and innovation helps Fairfax County fund the nation’s top-rated school system and other public services that contribute to the quality of life of residents. Fairfax County offers businesses a state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure, access to global markets through Washington Dulles International Airport, a vibrant investment capital community and a highly skilled, well-educated workforce.

The award-winning Fairfax County Economic Development Authority promotes Fairfax County as a business and technology center. The FCEDA offers site location and business development assistance, and connections with county and state government agencies, to help companies locate and expand in Fairfax County. In addition to its headquarters in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County’s largest business district, the FCEDA maintains marketing offices in seven important global business centers: Bangalore, Boston, Munich, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv.