Fairfax County has 132 flourishing firms on Inc. 5000, a compilation of America’s fastest-growing companies

Alan Fogg or Seth Livingstone, afogg@fceda.org or slivingstone@fceda.org, 703-790-0600 (o)

Fairfax County has 132 flourishing firms on Inc. 5000, a compilation of America’s fastest-growing companies

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Fairfax County, Virginia — When it comes to starting and building a business, Fairfax County continues to be the leading choice in the Washington, D.C., area and one of the best places in the U.S. The proof is in the just released Inc. 5000 list. Produced by Inc. magazine, it spotlights America’s fastest-growing companies.

Fairfax County boasts 132 companies on among the top 5000, accounting for 46 percent of the Virginia-based companies. In fact, Fairfax County has more companies on the list than 39 states and more than the San Francisco (121), Seattle (94), Austin (91), Denver (76) and Portland, Ore., (62) metropolitan areas.

Fairfax County also has more than three times the number of firms as both Washington, D.C. (44) and Montgomery County, Md. (41). With 324 companies among the 5000, the Washington, D.C., metro area ranks second to New York City (355) and ahead of Los Angeles (296).

The 132 Fairfax County combined for nearly $6.5 billion in revenue -- or 64 percent of the combined revenues of the 290 Virginia-based businesses on the Inc. 5000.

For the second consecutive year, the county placed 14 firms in the top 500.

Fairfax County companies on the list include two government services firms in the top 40:  No. 20 DGC International, based in Tysons Corner, and No. 36 Interactive Government Holdings, based in Springfield.

Also highly ranked were No. 109 Inoventures, a government services company in Tysons Corner,

No. 159 DayBlink Consulting, which provides business products and services and is based in Tysons Corner, and No. 237 FEDSYNC, a government services firm from the Alexandria section of the county.

Crisis1, a Reston-based crisis- and risk-management consulting firm that has grown from three employees to nearly 40 in two years, checks in at No. 251 on the list.

“Proximity is important in relationships -- not only to be high tech but ‘high touch,’” says Crisis1 President and CEO Pat Philbin., who explains that being close to government clients as well as a talented workforce, has fostered close relationships that have enabled his company’s growth.

“We have terrific employees and we work very hard to invest in them,” Philbin said. “Our focus is on the federal government and, in terms of geographic location, there aren’t too many better places better to be than Fairfax County, close to Washington, D.C., and the suburbs of northern Virginia, where many of our clients are based. Many of our senior executives are retired Coast Guard folks, so we bring particular ethos and core value to the types of people we want to work with and the types of clients we want to support.”

Other Fairfax County companies in this year’s top 500 include No. 285 The Author Incubator.com (McLean); No. 304 TENICA and Associates (Chantilly); No. 315 Perfecta Federal (Springfield); No. 374 Dynamo Technologies (Tysons Corner); No. 386 Spear (Herndon); No. 439 Virginia Home Care Services Vienna); No. 495 Nuvitek (Tysons Corner); and No. 500 TalTeam (Herndon).

“The Inc. 500 list is a significant indicator of the kind of startup activity, and even innovation, in a community, and the number of companies on the Inc. 5000 from Fairfax County speaks volumes about the ability of businesses to start and grow here,” said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. “This is an environment that encourages startups, offers a supportive network, and helps them grow into the established employers of the future.”

Time magazine called Fairfax County “one of the great economic success stories of our time.” Fairfax County offers businesses state-of-the-art infrastructure, access to global markets through Washington Dulles International Airport and a highly skilled, well-educated workforce.

The award-winning Fairfax County Economic Development Authority promotes Fairfax County as a business and technology center. In addition to its headquarters in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County’s largest business district, the FCEDA maintains marketing offices in six important global business centers: Bangalore, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv. Follow the FCEDA on Facebook, TwitterLinkedIn.