August 14, 2012
The staff of Helios HR in Herndon, one of Fairfax County’s thriving women-owned businesses: (Back row, from left) Stephanie Eberhart, Andrea Parker, Sarah Smith, Ellyn Krause, Judy-Ann McKenzie, Kathy Albarado, Stephanie Kotch, Stacey Holst (Front Row, from left) Natalie Oddenino, Michele Wooding, Dean Klein, Amy Levin-Murchie.
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Companies generate more than $1 billion in revenue and provide more than 1,000 jobs.
Businesses owned by Hispanics, African-Americans and women shine in Fairfax County, according to the latest national rankings for largest or fastest-growing companies. "Fairfax County is proud to be a community in which companies of all descriptions can and do succeed to a greater extent than in the rest of the region, the state or the country," said Gerald L. Gordon, president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, which supports and monitors the growth of local businesses. Eleven Fairfax County-based companies are among the 500 largest Hispanic-owned businesses in the nation based on revenue — more than the total in 40 states, according to a recent report by HispanicBusiness.com. The Fairfax County companies are among 22 from Virginia on the 2012 Hispanic Business 500 list.