The best way to hear about who has the corner on the best employer status is to survey employees. The Washington Post recently surveyed the D.C. area for the eighth year in a row in its Top Workplaces survey, conducted in partnership with Energage, LLC.  Over 65,500 employees in the area responded, representing 413 companies. While there are many organizations in the D.C. area, government contractors provide a broad range of work and support to the federal government.

The Small Contractor Life

Small businesses play a vital role in national security, and whether you’re actively or passively job searching, understanding the full landscape can make a difference in landing at the right company. Smaller contractors are agile in the bidding and recruiting process, and they often have unique benefits to offer employees. One local defense contractor offered its employees a budgeted amount of takeout through companies like DoorDash every month throughout the pandemic. The organization saw an opportunity to help its employees get food during a strange time, and they met that everyday need in a way that also supported local restaurants. The small contractor life isn’t for everyone, but it helps to know which organizations support their employees and do meaningful work. The ClearanceJobs editorial team sat down to discuss the top 10 small businesses in the D.C. area.

Top Small Businesses in the Washington D.C. Area

Our future discussions will focus on mid-sized and large businesses, but this time, we discussed the small contractor life and which organizations made the top 10.

1. Intelligenesis

Intelligenesis is a small, veteran-owned and woman-owned business in the D.C. area. While they have multiple open positions in Maryland, they also have openings in other states. They have been supporting the DoD and the IC with cyber services, machine learning, data science, all-source analysis, and mission application development for the past 12 years. This is the fifth time Intelligenesis has made it on the Washington Post’s top list.

2. Changeis

The company name, Changeis, descibes what this 8(a) certified, woman-owned small business does – they do change. Changeis provides management and consulting services, supporting government and private industry customers in strategy and transformation management.

3. Qmulos

More than just a cool name, Qmulos provides IT compliance and risk management. One employee, Suneel T., said that he joined Qmulous as a Splunk engineer, and he appreciated, “the chance to perfect [his] skills before jumping into client projects. Having the opportunity to learn on the job is a privilege that doesn’t come often….”

4. Basic Commerce and Industries

Basic Commerce and Industries – Dahlgren (BCI) opened in 1995, and the organization supports the U.S. navy future ship and combat systems programs. BCI Corporate dates back even farther to 1981, with a beginning as a 8 (a) certified organization and has grown since then supporting DoD, government and industry customers.

5. New Editions Consulting

New Editions Consulting is a small, woman-owned organization that focuses on Section 508 and Accessibility Information Communication Technology and technical assistant and training, as well as program management support.

Who Should Work at a Small Business?

For the rest of the list, listen to the episode for other D.C. small businesses, and find out where defense contractor Summit2Sea Consulting lands on the top 10 list. Whether you’re just starting out in your career in national security or you consider yourself a veteran in the industry, small businesses play a vital role and often provide employees with find innovative ways to attract and retain talent. Getting a job at a small business can also provide a front row seat to the overall concepts on running an organization, the proposal process, and staffing needs. For the generalists out there, a small business could offer you the next dream job.


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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.