Formally the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. aka D.C. or Washington is the capital city of the United States of America. Located on the Potomac River bordering Maryland and Virginia, Washington, D.C. acts as the seat of government for the United States federal government and several international organizations, as an important political capital. One of the most visited cities in the United States, with more than 20 million visitors annually, Washington, D.C. also supports a diversified economy, with professional and business jobs growing at increasing percentages. Many non-government organizations, including law firms, civilian contractors, not-for-profit organizations, lobbying firms, industry trade groups, trade unions, professional associations, and others that are headquartered in D.C., due to their proximity to the federal government. Rosslyn, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from the capital city is home to several Fortune 500 companies and Amazon’s HQ 2 is on track to take up residency in nearby Arlington's Crystal City neighborhood.
Fortune 500 companies in the Washington Metro area include four of the top Fortune 500 companies: Walmart, Exxon Mobil, Apple, Berkshire Hathaway, and Amazon. Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University, in addition to Washington Hospital Center and Children’s National Medical Center make the list of the top five non-government related employers in the district. Tourism makes up Washington, D.C.’s second-largest industry, attracting some 18.9 million visitors annually, who come to see The National Mall, The Smithsonian Institute, The National Gallery of Art, among a multitude of private museums and art galleries. The district also hosts almost 200 foreign embassies and such prestigious international organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Pan American Health Organization, the Organization of American States, and the Inter-American Development Bank. Washington, D.C. hosts a plethora of small businesses that facilitate the government and non-governmental sectors. The possibilities for your small business to expand are endless in this business mecca.