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Technology Businesses Put Leesburg on the Map
Leesburg-based federal contracting, internet security and data analytics companies recognized by Washington Business Journal, Washington Technology and Inc. magazine.
Leesburg, VA (September 29, 2017) – Over the past several years, Leesburg’s technology business sector has been growing quietly but steadily. Now it appears that the sector has reached a tipping point, solidifying the Town’s reputation as a high-tech, entrepreneurial hub. Two factors in this growth are the Mason Enterprise Center Loudoun (MEC), located in downtown Leesburg, and the Leesburg HUBZone. The HUBZone program, part of the U.S. Small Business Administration, provides federal contract preference to businesses that locate within designated zones.
“The combination of the MEC and the HUBZone has been the catalyst Leesburg’s tech sector needed. Having a business incubator located right in downtown does more than provide services to certain businesses,” explains Marantha Edwards, the Town’s Economic Development Director. “It sends a signal to the larger business community that we are a place of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.”
That signal is certainly being amplified by the many successes of Leesburg-based technology businesses. Some examples include:
FedBiz IT (www.fedbizit.com), a HUBZone-certified business, ranked #1 in Washington Technology’s 2017 Fast 50 list of fastest-growing small business federal contractors for two consecutive years, thanks to a recent contract award from NASA. FedBiz IT ranked #50 in the Inc. 5000, which ranks the fastest-growing private companies in America.
Lynker Technologies (www.lynkertech.com) was recently recognized by Washington Business Journal as one of the area’s fastest growing companies. A member of the MEC incubator and also HUBZone certified, Lynker ranked #47 in Washington Technology’s Fast 50 and #1237 in the Inc. 5000.
InfiniSource Consulting Solutions (www.icsfederal.com), a graduate from the MEC incubator and HUBZone-certified business, ranked #730 in the Inc. 5000.
B3 Group (www.b3groupinc.com) graduated from the MEC incubator to offices in Leesburg after being awarded, with only 21 other companies, the $22.3 billion Veterans Affairs T4NG contract. B3 Group ranked #1233 in the Inc. 5000.
PhishMe (www.phishme.com), located at the Village at Leesburg, is a cybersecurity services firm that ranked #863 in the Inc. 5000 and was named a “Best Places to Work” by the Washington Business Journal two years in a row.
- SecuriGence (www.securigence.com), another cybersecurity services firm, was ranked #2370 in the Inc. 5000.
According to Lynker Technologies’ president Joe Linza, the company’s growth accelerated when they located their principal office in Leesburg at the MEC and became a HUBZone business.
“We really benefitted from the support from the Town economic development staff, the MEC, and the Small Business Development Center,” says Linza. “We are happy to be a part of this connected and innovative business community.”
“The companies that are growing rapidly in Leesburg have a direct correlation to the demographics, education level and skill sets in the area.” says Edwards. “It is exciting to see this sector grow and to see entrepreneurs realize their strengths and be successful.”
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