Falls Church may be compact, but don't call it a small town. Local leaders are branding it "The Little City," to capture its urban vibe and intimate scale. SmithGifford, the ad agency that coined the phrase, is one of its thriving local businesses. The firm has added jobs as its client list has grown.
An independent city operating outside any county, Falls Church is growing jobs one at a time. Take, for example, Technology Catalysts International -- the small consulting firm has fewer than 20 employees but it says it's looking for a few good research analysts.
Viget Labs also captures the city's Small Giant ethos of quality over quantity. The 59-person business with three offices is in hiring mode. It's seeking copywriters, developers, designers and project managers.Subscribe to Money Magazine
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