2020 iNC. 5000

Each year, Inc. publishes an exclusive guide to America’s most inspiring entrepreneurs – the Inc. 5000. According to Inc, “These are the stories of the fastest-growing privately-held companies in the U.S.” This year, we are proud to highlight eleven businesses from around the City of Alexandria who are proving that ALX is a premiere location for businesses to grow and thrive.

SNA International

Industry Sector: Government Services

SNA International provides superior forensic consulting services to the government and commercial sectors. Founded in 2002, SNA International empowers organizations to achieve public confidence through optimal performance in their human identification and forensic initiatives.

By utilizing a team of highly knowledgeable experts, SNA International creates innovative, cost-effective and reliable solutions guaranteed to work in the real world. Their professionals have responded to more than 50 mass fatality, aviation fatality, and other incidents, and their forensic scientists have supported forensic operations at the local, state, and federal level.


3-Year Growth Rate: 2,544%

Invictus International Consulting

Industry Sector: Government Services

At Invictus, they help their clients adapt and respond to the rapidly evolving threat environment of an increasingly unpredictable world. Invictus was founded by United States military veterans with a desire to continue to serve our nation.  Almost 70% of their workforce is comprised of veterans who have heard the trumpet of freedom and continue to answer the call.  They offer their clients tailored solutions in enterprise IT, cyber, intelligence analysis and software engineering.


3-Year Growth Rate: 1,629%

Aptive Resources

Industry Sector: Business Products & Services

Aptive Resources is a modern consulting firm that is focused on human experience, digital services, and business transformation. They harness creativity, technology, and culture to connect people and systems to impact the world. They consider themselves to be advisors, strategists, and engineers focused on people, above all else.

At Aptive, they believe in generating success collaboratively, leaving their clients’ organizations stronger after every engagement and building trust for the next big challenge.


3-Year Growth Rate: 1,189%


Industry Sector: Government Services

Dignari is a forward-thinking, human-centered, emerging technology, and analytics company that builds solutions to transform their client’s businesses. Dignari is a company where diversity is applauded and success is celebrated. They Specialize in biometrics, identity management, and data analytics for national security and defense clients.

They celebrate people who leave a mark through hard work and perseverance. As a woman-owned business, Dignari named each of the service methodologies they offer after a woman they admire for her ability to deliver on a vision and change the course of history.


3-Year Growth Rate: 345%

Intellect solutions llc

Industry Sector: Government Services

Founded in 2002, Intellect Solutions LLC (Intellect) is an Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) and a HUBZone certified firm.  

Intellect provides a full suite of system design, development, integration, information assurance, and program management support services to federal Department of Defense and civilian agencies including the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), the National Guard Bureau, the Department of State, the Department of Treasury, and the Department of Commerce.


3-Year Growth Rate: 149%

Culmen International

Industry Sector: Government Services

Established in 2004, Culmen International is committed to enhancing international security, strengthening homeland defense, and optimizing government operations. They provide technical and management expertise, develop innovative technology solutions, and deliver logistics, training and language services worldwide.  With experience in over 100 countries, Culmen International supports its clients to accomplish critical missions in challenging environments.


3-Year Growth Rate: 116%


Industry Sector: Advertising & Marketing

At Yes&, they have an approach which enables them to hear every voice, understand every angle, explore every idea with open minds and unmatched enthusiasm, and navigate their clients’ internal and external changes when they inevitably pop up.

They are a firm which believes success comes from new ideas, which may be scary at first! Yes& provides branding, digital, event production, marketing and public relations, and creative services with specific expertise in healthcare, financial services, energy, transportation, real estate, and homeland security.


3-Year Growth Rate: 108%

“Our growth is all about attracting and retaining the best people, and our Alexandria location has been a distinct advantage.  People like to work here, they like to live here, and Alexandria offers a creative vibe that is highly appealing to the uniquely talented individuals that we need.”

Robert W. Sprague, President & CEO of Yes&

TorchLight Hire

Industry Sector: Human Resources

As the area’s top marketing recruitment agency, TorchLight Hire has the connections, experience and service-centered mission to offer both employer and job candidates an exceptional hiring experience with a goal of peak performance for both. Today, TorchLight is one of the Washington, D.C. region’s leading marketing and communications recruiters, matching some of the area’s most exciting companies with full-time, part-time and contract (freelance) marketing and communications professionals.

TorchLight Hire works very closely with their clients and engage in a proactive, systematic process to find and recruit the best possible candidate for the position.


3-Year Growth Rate: 103%

Information Technology Coalition

Industry Sector: Government Services

Information Technology Coalitionis a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). With a mission to deliver exceptional IT and business solutions to civilian, intelligence, and defense customers. The firm has a great team of passionate and highly skilled individuals who guide the organization into the future. From day-to-day operations to big picture planning, these people are a huge part of what makes ITC successful. Their team has experience in both government and commercial contracting and has been able to help dozens of organizations reach their full potential.


3-Year Growth Rate: 99%

VIPdesk Connect

Industry Sector: Business Products & Services

VIPdesk Connect offerselevated remote-based customer care for iconic brands. They have a mission to be passionate collaborators with the world’s most iconic brands and to those aspiring to become one. VIPdesk Connect helps do this by listening, innovating and exceeding their client’s expectations. They believe in a “more human” approach to the customer experience.

VIPdesk Connect has remote employees in 40 American states that offer services including phone, chat, email, SMS, AI and Backoffice work.


3-Year Growth Rate: 76%

Tribal Tech, LLC

Industry Sector: Government Services

Tribal Tech, LLC is an American Indian, Small Business Administration certified 8(m) woman-owned small business. That provides a diverse range of management and technical consulting services in the health/wellness, energy, and education realm to federal agencies, state governments, American Indian/Alaska Native tribes, and private businesses. Their staff operates with the highest standards and principles that support legal and ethical business practices.

Tribal Tech, LLC has guiding principles of “People, Performance and Partnership” embody an environment where employees are empowered and can flourish, and their clients may fully benefit from their specialized capabilities.


3-Year Growth Rate: 72%