Innovation Starts in the Classroom

by Andrea Winey

Written by Vanessa Wagner, Loudoun County Economic DevelopmentTo see other articles by Vanessa, click here For the past several years, one of the greatest challenges faced by organizations in the DMV has been acquiring talent. While Virginia boasts the second highest concentration of technology workers in the country, the fast growth of our firms and influx of new […]

Are smart cities walking a tightrope between utopia and chaos?

by Andrea Winey

Written by Vanessa Wagner, Loudoun County Economic DevelopmentTo see other articles by Vanessa, click here The Loudoun Technology Coalition received a great response from the community regarding last month’s event, “How Smart Cities Will Make Your Business Smarter”. Over 60 attendees met for a discussion featuring speakers from Amazon Web Services and 22 Capital Partners. The topic focused on […]

WannaCry? How to Prevent Your Data

by Andrea Winey

Carlo Espiritu, Principal, Triple Point Security Regardless of which circles you run in, cybersecurity and cloud security events permeate our lives.  In May, the WannaCry ransomware infected over 200,000 computers across the globe, disrupting healthcare, telecommunications, transportation, among other industries.  There are ongoing investigations for alleged state-sponsored cyber attacks designed to meddle with last year’s […]

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Women Seeing More Entrepreneurial Success

by Andrea Winey

By: Vanessa Wagner, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Manager, Loudoun County Department of Economic DevelopmentTo see other articles by Vanessa, click here The gender gap is closing in entrepreneurship. According to the 2016 State of Women-Owned Business report, between 2007 and 2016, the number of women-owned firms increased by 45 percent, a rate that is 5 times the […]

What Is a Smart City, and Why You Should Care

by Andrea Winey

By Vanessa Wagner, Loudoun County Economic DevelopmentTo see other articles by Vanessa, click here If you work or live in Loudoun, by now you’ve probably heard rumblings about the upcoming development Gramercy District. You may have also heard the mixed-use community surrounding Gramercy described as a “smart city.” What’s all the fuss about, and why should you […]

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Location, Location, Location

by Andrea Winey

By Vanessa Wagner, Loudoun County Economic DevelopmentTo see other articles by Vanessa, click here Last week I attended the Startup Grind Global Conference in Redwood City, CA. I was thrilled to learn from the community that’s known as “the Mecca for startups,” and bring back new ideas and programs to help grow Loudoun County. I’ve […]

Think “Startup” to Stay Big

by Andrea Winey

Blog series by Vanessa Wagner, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Manager, Loudoun County, Va Department of Economic Development Small businesses can “fail fast” and pivot quickly to respond to current market demands. This is one reason that more large firms are embracing startups, or creating their own niche project teams to spur innovation. In Loudoun County, large technology firms […]

Start the New Year With a Cocktail of Millennial Data

by Andrea Winey

Blog series by Vanessa Wagner, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Manager, Loudoun County, Va Department of Economic Development The term “millennial” is not new for 2017 but that doesn’t mean your business should discount the importance of this population. Last year the Pew Research Center reported Millennials, defined as those aged 18-34 in 2015, surpassed baby boomers as the […]

This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Intelligence: Artificial Intelligence

by Andrea Winey

Blog series by Vanessa Wagner, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Manager, Loudoun County, Va Department of Economic Development Welcome to the future happening right now. For many, artificial intelligence may sound like a theme from a science fiction novel; however, implementing A.I. technologies is an increasingly important strategy when designing new and improved products. So what exactly is […]

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Worry About Trolls After You Cross the Bridge

by Andrea Winey

Blog post by Vanessa Wagner, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Manager, Loudoun County, Va Department of Economic Development Many organizations worry about the process, costs or probability of receiving protection from the United State Patent and Trademark Office.  While there are factors to consider before pursing intellectual property protection, the USPTO still remains a leader in protecting inventors in […]