Friday, January 11, 2013
Ballston BID launches initiative, competition to help startups.
Ballston rolled out the orange carpet for area entrepreneurs and investors Thursday night. The Ballston Business Improvement District, or BID, formally kicked off its new marketing campaign to brand the community "where minds meet," as the new slogan goes. "Truer words have never been spoken," Arlington County Board Chairman Walter Tejada said. "Ballston is Arlington's hub of science and technology." About 150 people showed up to the exclusive event at what was once the Chevy's Fresh Mex space at Ballston Common Mall — but now has been transformed into a place where the BID can host programming for its new entrepreneurship initiative, LaunchPad. Even the margaritas were orange, a nod to the nearby Metro line. [PHOTOS: LaunchPad Takes Off …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Officials from Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford counties met in Arlington to discuss six potential sites Thursday.
Local, state and congressional leaders met Thursday in Arlington to discuss six potential sites for a new FBI headquarters and to present a unified front in their commitment to landing the new federal complex somewhere in Northern Virginia. Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, who called the meeting, said leaders from Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford counties had a "singular focus" in bringing the FBI headquarters to the Old Dominion. "We're all committed to finding a home for the FBI in the commonwealth of Virginia," Moran said during a news conference following the meeting. "We are all going to promote Virginia as the best place for this relocation." Arlington's role was simply as host. It has not put forth any potential sites …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Properties at the Hoffman Center, Carlyle Plaza will submit bids to bring agency headquarters to Alexandria.
Update (2:29 p.m. Thursday): The office of U.S. Jim Moran sent Patch this statement on the congressman's behalf regarding the National Science Foundation: "NSF has a good home in Ballston and I am committed to keeping the agency there. Separating the NSF from its collaborative partners along the technology corridor in Arlington would harm the Foundation's ability to complete its objectives." Original story: At least two locations in Alexandria want to become the new home of the National Science Foundation, or NSF. The NSF is currently located in Ballston, which has some of the most expensive office space in Arlington. Local officials are working hard to keep it there. "The synergy that exists in our technology hub in Ballston is what makes…
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
New office-sharing venture located near Clarendon Metro.
Link Locale, a new coworking space, opened Monday in the heart of Clarendon. The business, which occupies two-thirds of the upper-floor of the Wells Fargo building at 3140 N. Washington Blvd., can house up to 20 entrepreneurs, freelancers, teleworkers and the like in its main area. Another 11 desks can be found to one side and at least two enclosed offices will be on the market. Four standing desks are soon to be installed. "By all indications, we're getting a very positive response," said company founder Mark Mooney. "We've had a lot of people stopping by, just by leaking the word out. It's been a very warm response from the community." Monthly rates for space at Link Locale range from $375 to $575. Daily membership, if space permits, is …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
McLean-based TroopID wins Friday's contest at Arlington Economic Development.
The music blasting Friday inside the Glebe Road offices of Arlington Economic Development set the tone for a high-energy, two-hour event that gave 20 area entrepreneurs a chance to pitch their ideas to some of the top names in the greater Washington startup scene. Startup Virginia's Pitch for Charity event gave each entrepreneur one minute to sell their idea to a panel of startup leaders and investors. They got immediate feedback — and judgment — on their ideas and delivery. "We really have the opportunity to take this energy and this excitement … and create the future of this country," Donna Harris, managing director of the Startup America Partnership, told the crowd. She cited the importance of small, fast-growth companies to the overall…
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Liberty Tavern, Northside Social among winners in 16 other categories.
Winners of the 2012 People's Choice ABBIE Awards were announced Tuesday at the Arlington County Board's recessed meeting for November. Arlington Economic Development received more than 1,100 nominations for businesses in 17 "best of" categories, spokeswoman Cara O'Donnell told the board. More than 5,000 people cast ballots. Many of the categories were hotly contested, O'Donnell said. One big winner was the partnership that owns the trio of Clarendon eateries that includes Northside Social, Liberty Tavern and Lyon Hall. Mark Fedorchak, on the partnership's behalf, accepted two awards for Liberty Tavern and the coveted Best Coffee award for Northside Social. "They got that Facebook thing down, eh?" board member Jay Fisette said, referring to…
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Twenty businesses will have a chance to give a 1-minute pitch for cash, space and mentoring.
Startup Virginia will give 20 entrepreneurs an opportunity to make a 1-minute pitch later this month for a chance to bolster their business and to win a cash donation to the charity of their choice. It's part of a weeklong series of events at entrepreneurial "hot spots" across Virginia, said Jennifer Ives, director of business investment at Arlington Economic Development. Events will be held in Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Richmond, Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia. Arlington Economic Development will host the Northern Virginia event on Nov. 30 at its office on North Glebe Road. "It's a huge deal in the startup world to be able to say you won a pitch event. It's a really big deal," Ives told Patch. "It gives them validity. It also gives…
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Alan Wurtzel was the featured speaker at the second fall Venture Camp discussion at George Mason University's Founders Hall.
Former Circuit City CEO Alan Wurtzel shared a 60-year case study of the success — and ultimate failure — of the one-time multi-billion dollar consumer electronics store at George Mason University's Arlington campus this week. Wurtzel discussed his new book, "Good to Great to Gone: The 60-Year Rise and Fall of Circuit City," with Washington Business Journal Publisher Alex Orfinger on Thursday in front of a crowd of more than 100 students and area entrepreneurs as part of Amplifier Ventures and Arlington Economic Development's Venture Camp. Wurtzel talked about the importance of strategic planning — with particular emphasis on taking into account changes in demographics, products and competition — and "habits of mind" he developed while …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Alan Wurtzel will discuss navigating a fast-paced environment and lessons learned.
Arlington Economic Development's Venture Camp series continues tonight with former Circuit City CEO Alan Wurtzel, author of "Good to Great to Gone - The 60 Year Rise and Fall of Circuit City." The free event starts at 6 p.m. at George Mason University's Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Drive. From Arlington Economic Development: "In 2001, Circuit City was featured in Jim Collin's business classic, Good to Great. Less than 10 years later, the firm had entered bankruptcy. Join former Circuit City CEO Alan Wurtzel in conversation about his new book. In our second VentureCamp session Wurtzel will explore the experiences, lessons, and implications of his firms incredible rise and fall and takeways for innovators and leaders navigating rapidly …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Online voting now open.
Arlingtonians can cast their vote for their favorite local businesses starting now. The 2012 People’s Choice ABBIE Awards, presented by Arlington Economic Development, give awards in 17 categories, including best restaurant, best boutique and best nonprofit. Voting is open through Nov. 9. Voting is tracked via IP address; only one vote per IP address will be counted. Nominations for businesses were culled online, with more then 1,100 votes cast for companies up for consideration. Read the full list of nominees and categories here. The Arlington County Board will announce the winners at its Nov. 27 meeting. To cast a vote in the ABBIE awards, visit this online survey. For more information, visit the ABBIE's website.