Diversity: Meet the New Melting Pot

An inclusive and solutions-oriented atmosphere

Fairfax County has one of the world’s strongest economies. It also has one of the most diverse business communities, taking advantage of proximity to the opportunities of Washington, D.C., transformational companies and industries that prize talent and hard work.

The diversity of our business owners, executives and workforce is as wide-ranging as the industries in which they work. In fact, Fairfax County is home to the largest number of minority-, woman- and veteran-owned employer firms in Virginia and the Washington, D.C,. region.

Learn more about our robust minority business community by downloading our fact sheets about business diversity and the services offered by the FCEDA’s Business Diversity Division.

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Karen Smaw

Karen Smaw

Director, Diversity Business Investment and Entrepreneurship


Rankings & Facts


of all county payroll businesses are minority-owned


of all county payroll businesses are woman-owned


of all county payroll businesses are veteran-owned