Fairfax County is home to 128 firms that made the just-released annual Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies, with five firms placing in the top 500. An additional 85 companies that are located elsewhere in the Northern Virginia Economic Development Alliance made the 2021 list, which is widely recognized as a barometer of the vitality of a business community and especially its ecosystem for entrepreneurs, startups and high-growth firms.
These 213 companies account for 69 percent of Virginia’s 310 companies on this year’s Inc. 500 and 64 percent of the 331 companies on the list from around the Washington, D.C. area.
Annandale-based PingWind is ranked highest in Fairfax County, at no. 75 on the list. It also is the third fastest-growing company in government services, and the third-fastest growing company in Virginia, with 5,118 percent three-year growth.
“Moving our corporate headquarters to Fairfax County in 2019 has put us in a fantastic ecosystem to support growth including access to tremendous employees and resources, such as the Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Center at George Mason University,” said Aaron Moak, CEO and co-founder of PingWind. “We look forward to expanding our footprint in the county and leveraging our connections here to fuel future growth.”
Four additional Fairfax County companies are in the top 500 of the list: Centurion Consulting Group; Black Bear Technology Solutions; Kreative Technologies; and Old Dominion Strategies. “The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority congratulates all the Fairfax County and Northern Virginia firms on the Inc. 5000 list this year,” said Victor Hoskins, president and CEO of the FCEDA. “These companies represent a wide array of industry sectors and are excellent examples of the kind of success that businesses of all kinds and sizes can achieve in our region.”
The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority promotes Fairfax County as a business and technology center. In addition to its headquarters in Tysons, Fairfax County’s largest business district, the FCEDA maintains business investment offices in six important global business centers: Bangalore/Mumbai, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv. Follow the FCEDA on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.
The FCEDA is a member of the Northern Virginia Economic Development Alliance, which promotes and markets Northern Virginia outside the region and conducts activities and events to build the regional business community. Other members of NOVA EDA are the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, Arlington County, City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church, Fauquier County, Loudoun County, City of Manassas, City of Manassas Park and the Prince William County Department of Economic Development.