Early Briefing 08.27.07

We mix a little business with pleasure in our local business section today, looking at how some companies deliberately blur the line between work and play.

Jen Reck, front, and rowing partner Ruth Stiver on the Potomac after a day of work at FortiusOne, an Arlington firm with six world-class rowers on staff. (By Bill O'Leary -- Washington Post)

* FortiusOne, an Internet mapping company in Arlington, has six world-class rowers on its staff of 19, some with their sights set on the Beijing Olympics. See story.

* Prince George's Vocus, a firm that makes public relations software, has grown quickly in recent years. Co-founder Rick Rudman says the breakneck pace can be challenging so the company has outfitted its offices with an indoor basketball court, ping pong and pool tables and other playthings to let people blow off some steam. See story.

* Some folks find the best way to court a client is to take them to the ballpark. See story.

Now on to the news:

* The local real estate industry, already pinched by a slowdown in residential construction, is bracing for further retrenchment after last week's meltdown in the mortgage market. See story.

* Developers have been buying shopping centers, office buildings, and vacant land in anticipation of the Army's move to Springfield and nearby Fort Belvoir. See story.

* Maxjet, the low-cost business class carrier out of Dulles, has hired about 100 workers over the past year and raised $95 million in an initial public offering. See story.

By Dan Beyers  |  August 27, 2007; 8:00 AM ET
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