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After eight years of using social networks to introduce doctors and nurses to advanced medical technology, Sanchez realized he could do the same for other fields. He started Social Driver, formerly Wamwaw LLC, to build websites, apps and other tools to make technology more accessible to novices. Today, Sanchez, 31, has 20 employees, international clients and bigger offices in Chinatown.

The cash-and-stock deal announced late Tuesday joins Olney's Sandy Spring (Nasdaq: SASR), the largest bank headquartered in Maryland, with CommerceFirst (Nasdaq: CMFB), a smaller bank but one well known in the business community for its commercial lending.

Jose Perez is a co-owner of a several Frederick area restaurants, including Cacique, Mariachi and Mexicali Cantina. It was hard for most people to keep their wealth during the most recent recession, but it was especially tough for Hispanics.

BB&T is capitializing on current market success in growth and market environment in the Baltimore Washington region. BB&T states the Baltimore-Washington corridor is the fastest growing region for the bank. BB&T is expanding market presence in asymmetric strategies to traditional mergers and acquisition.

Longtime BB&T executive Luis G. Lobo has an opportunity to do what he has always been interested in doing: serving multicultural communities.  After 13 years in the Washington metropolitan area, the nine-year Urbana resident is moving to Winston-Salem, N.C.,  where he will serve as BB&T's executive vice president and manager of multicultural markets.

On Nov. 8, Fairfax voters will choose three candidates to fill countywide "at large'' seats on the school board. Seven people are running for those spots, and The Washington Post is publishing brief profiles of each of them. The school board race is technically nonpartisan, but political parties have historically played a role. Lolita Mancheno-Smoak is a Republican-backed candidate...

Wednesday, 31 August 2011 19:06

Marco Sies

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Marco Sies grew up on the streets of Chile, and at the age of 15 he decided his life goal was to become a World Champion Kickboxer; He did—seven times.  Sies came from a very humble family, so even in Chile he had to work many jobs to continue his training.  "I did everything from washing dishes to sweeping floors and cleaning toilets,  "he said.  "I would do anything I could get my hands on so that I could pay for my training. " But, when Sies arrived in the U.S.,  and he was unable to speak the language, people took advantage of him.

Twenty-six Fairfax County firms – most of them in technology and professional services fields – are on Inc. magazine's 2011 list of the 500 fastest-growing companies in the nation. That is up from 24 companies on the 2010 list.  Fairfax County has more firms on the 2011 list than any other county and all but the four most-populated states in the union: California, Florida, Texas and New York.

Thursday, 25 August 2011 09:43

MicroTech is the No. 1 Four-Time Inc. 500 Winner

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Leading Technology and Systems Integrator MicroTech has been recognized as the #1 fastest growing private company that has made the Inc. 500 four years in a row. Corporate America's most well known yardstick of increasing business success, this year's survey evaluates revenue growth from 2007 to 2010.

This year's Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America includes 59 businesses in D.C., Maryland and Virginia dominated by firms offering information technology and government services. Forty-eight of the 59 companies are located in the Washington area.

It was hard for most people to keep their wealth during the most recent recession, but it was especially tough for Hispanics. Jose Hernandez, an El Salvadoran immigrant who owns a restaurant in Frederick, said he regrets buying a house when the market was "crazy."

Each year Hispanic Business publishes a list of the top 500 Hispanic-owned businesses. In 2011, 10 Fairfax County firms were named to the list. Together, these companies generated more than $593 million in revenue and employed more than 2,600 workers in 2010.

More banks in the Washington area are expanding their portfolios of insurance products, in an attempt to boost revenue at a time when income from fees is declining and there is lukewarm demand for loans.

The number of students applying for tutoring at the Literacy Council of Frederick County is rising, but the number of tutors hasn't followed suit, according to acting President Caroline Gaver.  "We can't find enough tutors to meet the demand,"  she said.  Established in 1963, the council offers reading, writing and spelling classes for students over the age of 18. It has one full-time office manager, but everyone else involved is a volunteer.

Growing up in a working-class family, Jimenez, 53, enlisted in the Army at 18.  He left as a lieutenant colonel with two master's degrees under his belt and a readiness to jump into entrepreneurial waters.  Since he founded the company at his kitchen table in 2004,  MicroTech's name has landed on list after list of the fastest-growing companies in the region and North America.

A Herndon technology company will have to defend in court its marketing strategy — and product’s functionality — in response to a complaint filed by a competitor that alleged false advertising in a technical white paper distributed to their mutual federal customers.

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