Archive: August 17, 2008 - August 23, 2008

TechPost: Nine Tips for Building a Brand Online

Here's Zach Goldfarb's weekly update on the local technology scene. In a world of blogs, social networks, feeds, interactive media and so much more, how can a company build and nurture its Web presence? I asked three local well-known Web strategy firms -- r2i.ntegrated, iStrategy Labs and Viget Labs --...

By Zachary Goldfarb | August 22, 2008; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (4)

Early Briefing: The Four-Day Workweek

Like long weekends? House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) is pushing a work week of four, 10-hour days for federal employees, according to Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson. In a letter, released this week, to the Office of Personnel Management, he asked the agency to "undertake comprehensive analysis of...

By Dan Beyers | August 22, 2008; 6:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

La Plaza: Adjusting To Changes On 14th St. NW

Welcome to Alejandro Lazo's occasional blog-within-a-blog on the region's Latino business community; we're calling it "La Plaza." By Alejandro Lazo One of the Washington area's oldest Central American commercial strips consists of about a dozen blocks of storefront pupusarías, beauty salons, check cashing depots and Latin variety stores along 14th...

By Dan Beyers | August 21, 2008; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (3)

Early Briefing: 50 Years of Ben's

*It was 1996, and Nizam Ali had just gotten his law degree. Instead of heading to the courtroom, he had another idea: He wanted to help run the family business. (Jacquelyn Martin-AP) Ali told his father, Ben, that if he couldn't double the revenue at Ben's Chili Bowl within a...

By Terri Rupar | August 21, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Local Firm Tries to Block Wii in U.S.

By Zachary A. Goldfarb A small local technology company, citing patent infringement, yesterday asked a U.S. trade panel to stop Japan-based video game giant Nintendo from importing its Wii system into the United States and filed suit in federal court for unspecified damages. The Wii video game system, released in...

By Zachary Goldfarb | August 20, 2008; 2:10 PM ET | Comments (2)

Early Briefing: Circuit City Still Seeking A Buyer

* Circuit City, the struggling Richmond electronics retailer, said it was still considering a sale of the company four months after the electronics retailer announced it was reviewing its options to improve shareholder value. The company remains committed to its turnaround plan but "the board continues to pursue strategic alternatives,"...

By Dan Beyers | August 20, 2008; 8:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Value Added: Loving What You Sell

Here's Tom Heath's latest column on Washington's entrepreneurial set: Housing and financial services may be wheezing, but business is strong at Avitecture Inc., which installs and services audio-visual equipment for big names like Lockheed Martin, the National Gallery of Art, George Mason University and top secret government agencies. Avitecture's revenue...

By Dan Beyers | August 19, 2008; 5:00 PM ET | Comments (10)

Gerstner Steps Down As Carlyle's Chairman

The Carlyle Group said Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. is retiring as chairman, a post the former IBM chairman held since January 2003. A successor was not named. Gerstner will become a senior advisor to Carlyle's Asia, Europe, Japan and U.S. buyouts funds, effective Sept. 30. "Initially, I committed to be...

By Dan Beyers | August 19, 2008; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (9)

GD buys Jet Aviation for $2.23 billon

By Dana Hedgpeth Washington Post Staff Writer General Dynamics, the major defense contractor based in Falls Church, said today that it will buy Jet Aviation, a Switzerland-based air service provider for about $2.23 billion in cash. Jet Aviation, which has 5,600 employees, provides maintenance, repair and other services on aircraft...

By Sara Goo | August 19, 2008; 9:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Early Briefing: Fannie's Pursuit of Subprime

In January 2007, as years of loose mortgage lending were about to send the nation's housing market into devastating decline, Fannie Mae chief executive Daniel H. Mudd wrote a confidential memo to his board. Discussing the company's successes, Mudd said one of Fannie Mae's achievements in 2006 was expanding its...

By Dan Beyers | August 19, 2008; 7:24 AM ET | Comments (1)

Early Briefing: Marketing Michael's Olympic Gold

On Monday's we turn the business section over to news exclusively about local companies: * It's a great time to be an Olympic winner. And not just if you're the athlete. Swimmer Michael Phelps's haul of eight gold medals brought him a lot more attention from advertisers. It is also...

By Dan Beyers | August 18, 2008; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

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