What’s Working in Washington

  • Hispanic Heritage Month underway

    Immigrants are one of the biggest factors that help the D.C. region grow and that fact is being celebrated this month.

    “My mission in the office is to improve the quality [of life] for D.C.’s latino residents,” says Jackie Reyes, director of the Mayor’s office on Latino Affairs, to learn more about how immigration benefits the greater Washington area.

  • Finding your best skills through self-awareness

    What makes a great entrepreneur? It’s not always clear.

    To find out what exactly fits the bill of entrepreneur in today’s economy, What’s Working in Washington spoke to Gene Riechers, a D.C. tech executive, founder, investor and expert.

  • 5 musts to having a kick-ass personal brand

    First things first. Update your profile on professional social media sites, says Frances Reimers, a personal brand consultant and founder of brand consulting business Firestarter LLC.

  • EXTRA: DC social media experts talk 21st century journalism

    JJ Green, National Security correspondent; Brian Fanzo, founder/CEO of iSocialFanz and Judy Kurtz, In the Know columnist for The Hill join in this What’s Working in Washingon EXTRA.

  • Local firm disrupts patent industry with digital currency

    Inventors and small businesses must ensure their intellectual property isn’t stolen by larger companies. Creating currencies might be the solution.

    “Effectively, we have a do-it-yourself search tool,” said John Wise, founder of Loci. “It’s called InnVenn. It’s really simple to use, you can buy it right through your law firm, and it’s protected by attorney-client privilege.”

  • What makes us curious? Astrophysicist has the answer

    One of the biggest questions regarding the structure of the human mind is what, exactly, predisposes humans to be curious.

    “What I found, to my surprise — the number of researchers who focus specifically on curiosity is relatively small,” said Mario Livio, author of Why? What Makes Us Curious.

  • Open letter advocates apprenticeships and diversity

    To help steer the greater Washington region towards a more innovative future for entrepreneurs, local business owners penned an open letter to future area politicians. James Quigley, founder of coworking space Canvas and one of more 40 co-signers wants talent growth to be boosted.

  • Strengthening your personal brand

    Making sure the person you present matches up with the person you really are is pivotal for success.

    “I like to say a brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room,” said Elizabeth Shea, founder of SpeakerBox Communications. “If you don’t think about your own brand, or your company’s brand, somebody else will do it for you.”

  • How networking in DC differs from NYC

    Networking in New York City is distinctly different from networking in the D.C. region, according to Rachel Adler, digital media business development manager for the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority.

    “I’m a research junkie. A lot of my research comes from working for New York State. I used to do a lot of vetting for political candidates,” said Adler. “I try to find touch points I could talk about… I look through their social platforms if they have them,” including Twitter and LinkedIn. By finding touchstones of common interest, it’s easy to build rapport.

  • Gym boss makes pivot from advisor to owner

    Making the pivot from an advisory role to doing things yourself can cause whiplash for a rising entrepreneur, but AJ Mushtaq, CFO and founder of health services franchise Fitness Connection built up a sweat as he moved to a principal position.

  • Protecting the ‘internet of things’

    One of the weakest links in any cybersecurity network is passwords, and if even one is uncovered, an entire system can fall apart. New technology developed in South Korea to prevent and minimize possible damage is currently taking hold in the D.C. region.

  • Former DC Chamber head pushes city businesses to grow

    The former president and CEO of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, Barbara Lang, is encouraging leaders to keep reaching out for new opportunities.

  • Breaking down mentorship walls for entrepreneurs

    Unique challenges face female entrepreneurs and Julie Kantor, founder of training firm Twomentor, is an expert in solving some of these issues.

    “I think that there’s a key word here that we don’t talk about enough. The issue is sponsorship,” said Kantor.

  • DC snack puts a twist on Philly tradition

    In order to succeed in the competitive entrepreneurial space of the D.C. area, businesses have to corner a market that’s not covered.

    In founding The Pretzel Bakery, local entrepreneur Sean Haney instantly found his market.

    “As any good Philly boy knows, you grow up eating pretzels, with every event, every trip… when I moved to D.C. in ‘98, I just kept thinking to myself, man, D.C. needs a good pretzel spot,” Haney said.