Business

Business News & Notes: January 12th -18th

Little City Gift Cards a Success

Falls Church City launched the Little City Gift Card utilizing ARPA funds to further support local businesses.  The program was launched on Small Business Saturday with a bonus amount added to up to three gift card purchases.  Over 70 city businesses are participating and to date, $164,626 has been redeemed, including the bonus amount.  Gift cards are still available, and the bonus card program will end on January 31.  Bonus cards must be redeemed within 90 days after their purchase date so please make sure you use those before they expire.

Public Listening Session with the Planning Commission

The Planning Commission will be hosting a Public Listening Session for the East End Small Area Plan on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. This is open to the public and anyone interested is welcomed to attend. There will be a presentation from Staff, a public comment period (3 minutes per speaker), and a Planning Commission work session that follows the presentation and comment period. Please see the this flyer  on the city website for further time and location details. (http://www.fallschurchva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/17415/Public-Listening-Session-011823-Flyer)

Government Contracting 101

Timm Johnson, director of the Mason SBDC, is hosting a webinar for those interested in government contracting.  Topics covered include readiness to be a government contractor, marketing to the customer, government jargon, steps to get started, small business set-asides, targeting the government customer, and the capability statement.  The webinar is free and runs Thursday, January 19, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  The link to the webinar will be sent upon registration at https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=110430002.

Lynk Launches 2 Cell Towers in Space

Falls Church-based Lynk has announced the launching and deployment of two more satellites in the company’s commercial cell-towers-in-space.  They are the world’s first and only commercial satellite-direct-to-standard-phone licensed by the FCC.  The technology was patented in 2017 with testing in space in 2019.  This brings the total commercial satellite-cell-towers-in-space to three.  Lynk currently has commercial agreements with 25 MNOs covering 41 countries to expand access and enable access to emergency aid and services globally.  It is actively testing connections in 17 countries on all seven continents.

Kastle Names Chief Technology Officer

Kastle announced that Al Valvano has joined the executive team as Chief Technology Officer.  He brings over 25 years of business and technology innovation including leadership roles at Amazon, Apple, Google, IKEA, and most recently Sonos. Mohammed Soleimani previously held the position for fourteen years and has been named as Kastle’s first Chief Innovation Officer.  Kastle is a leader in property technology and a cloud-based smart access security technology provider nation-wide.