The 2011 Inc. 5000: Top Ten States

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4. Virginia, 299 companies

When bewigged men struck a backroom deal to move the nation’s capital to the east bank of the Potomac, they laid the foundation for a booming government services industry on the other side. Indeed, Integrity Management Consulting, in McLean, which provides acquisition and program management support to the Department of Defense, among other government bodies, is the state’s highest-ranked Inc. 5000 company this year, at No. 44. Virginia also functions as a shipment and transportation hub: About 55 percent of American consumers and manufacturing establishments are within 750 miles of the state's capital.