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Business News & Notes: October 6 – October 12

Business Flexibilities Extended

Falls Church City Council has decided to allow the COVID-19 emergency declaration to end on Oct. 1, while allowing some business flexibilities under the pandemic to continue through an ordinance. The zoning regulations eased includes signage for drive-up and carry out food, accepting food orders outside of restaurants and use of parking spaces for tents, outdoor dining, and carryout. During the six-month extension, beginning October 1, city staff will evaluate the practice and submit recommendations to the zoning ordinance.

Local McDonalds Renovation Considered

The second-oldest McDonald’s in Virginia may receive renovations that include a drive-through. Located at 6729 Arlington Boulevard, the size of the building would be increased slightly and the exterior modernized, keeping the golden arches on either side since it was built in 1958. Proposals for safety on the busy section of road are also under consideration. The Fairfax County Planning Commission deferred the zoning exception until October 12 in order to address safety concerns.

Amazon Raises Wages

Amazon.com Inc. has announced a pay increase for hourly workers in the US. Among the changes, front-line employees in transportation and warehousing will receive an increase in the average starting wage to more than $19 an hour. The minimum level of $15 an hour will not change. It is reported that this will increase company spending by nearly $1 billion over the next year. Amazon is also expanding access to a program allowing more frequent payroll options than twice a month.

Careviso Raises Funds for Diagnostic Testing Platform

Careviso, a healthcare technology company and market leader in molecular diagnostic patient access technology (the “Company”) announced that it raised over $17 million in Series B funding led by Ballast Point Ventures with participation from existing investors Mercury and Lytical Ventures. The new funding will enable Careviso to expand its existing technology platform into the diagnostic space delivering real-time cost estimates, administrative requirements, and approvals, all of which will support providers, payors, labs, and patients alike.

Irving Burton Associates, Inc. Awarded Contract

Falls Church-based Irving Burton Associates, Inc. was awarded a one-year contract under a Blanket Purchase Master Agreement which represents one of two BPAs awarded under a Contractor Team Arrangement (CTA) represented by both Irving Burton Associates, Inc. (IBA) and Deloitte Consulting LLP (Deloitte-IBA Team) working together to perform the requirements for Solution Delivery Division (SDD) Program Management Support. This entails performing a variety of functions that includes configuration management, requirements management, assist with acquisition planning processes and services, financial services, deployment activities and other business, technical and administration activities, all supporting SDD product-lines.

Spin Systems AWS Status

Spin Systems, Inc. (SpinSys), has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Government Competency status which acknowledges their experience working with government customers on mission-critical workloads and applications on AWS. In order to receive the designation, AWS Partners must have AWS expertise and deliver solutions seamlessly on AWS. SpinSys is an Advanced Tier Consulting Partner with AWS certified professionals. The company provides a comprehensive range of cloud services including stabilizing, modernizing, and migrating legacy and complex enterprise applications, developing migration plans and roadmaps, creating solutions for Big Data problems, refactoring applications, and developing new cloud-based systems.