Clarke-Hook's Ann Orem Recognized as Washington Business Journal's "40 Under 40"

Ann Orem was selected as one of Washington Business Journal’s outstanding young leaders in their annual “40 under 40” awards.

The 40 Under 40 program is the most competitive awards program in the Washington Business Journal's slate each year. This year was no different, with nearly 400 submissions from across Greater Washington.

A panel of outside judges, along with Washington Business Journal staff, sifted through those submitted names to determine this year's class of outstanding leaders. Among them are small business owners, award-winning chefs, attorneys, nonprofit leaders and more.

Ann and her fellow honorees will be celebrated at a special awards event July 18 at Central Place Tower in Rosslyn and in a special section of the Washington Business Journal set to publish July 19. Click on the link below to view the complete list of this year’s 40 Under 40.

DeAngelo Hall to open barbershop in Ashburn

As appeared in Washington Business Journal

Former NFL defensive back DeAngelo Hall is opening a barbershop in Ashburn’s University Commerce Center called Parlor Twenty Three.

The name is in honor of Hall’s jersey number during his 10-year run with Washington’s NFL team.

Parlor Twenty Three will offer “higher-end services” for men and women, including skin care, color services and hair replacement, according to a release. It is expected to open April 10.

Marques Blackmon is the shop’s manager and a co-owner and, according to a release, the licensed master barber is committed to a high level of service — all stylists will be required to have at least five years of experience.

The shop expects to eventually open a unisex salon area in the Ashburn shop to offer more services for women.

“We also plan to add a gaming area for kids and a lounge — we’d like our salons to be a family destination,” Blackmon said in a statement.

Hall and Blackmon also expect to open a location in Anne Arundel, Maryland, by the end of 2019.

Hall, a 2004 first-round pick out of Virginia Tech, made the Pro Bowl three times during his career. He announced his retirement prior to the 2018 season. He finished his career with 43 interceptions, 13 fumble recoveries and 10 defensive touchdowns. He holds the NFL record for all-time fumble return yards with 328. He tied an NFL record with four interceptions in one game in 2010.

Hall said in a statement the barbershop had a big influence on him growing up in Chesapeake, Virginia, and he was always welcome to hang out. Former NFL star Dre Bly owned the shop he frequented.   

“Marques began cutting my hair many years ago, and we became friends,” Hall said in a statement. “He always wanted to do his own barbershop, and I wanted to recreate the barbershop feel where I grew up – where everyone is welcome and the social aspect of it is an important component."

University Commerce Center, owned by Clarke-Hook Corp., is located at 44927 George Washington Blvd — about 3 miles from the training facility for Washington's NFL team.

Clarke-Hook's Brickyard Opens Prince William's First Coworking Space

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The shared-office company opened its first Northern Virginia co-working space in Ashburn in 2016. It will expand its original location and add new locations in Chantilly and Woodbridge.

WASHINGTON — Brickyard, which opened its first Northern Virginia co-working space in Ashburn in 2016, will expand its original location and add new shared-office locations in Chantilly and Woodbridge.

The Woodbridge location — in Neabsco Commons at 2700 Neabsco Common Place — is across from Freedom High School and adjacent to Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge campus. It will open this summer.

It will be the first coworking space to open in Prince William County and is the result of a $400,000 public-private partnership grant that Brickyard received from the county in October for office equipment and tenant improvements.

The 7,100-square-foot Woodbridge location will have 24 desks and 20 private offices.

Brickyard will also open a location this summer in Chantilly, in the West Fairfax Commerce Center at the intersection of U.S. Route 50 and Virginia Route 28. The 5,000-square-foot Chantilly location will have 20 desks and 10 offices.

Brickyard will also expand its existing 7,000-square-foot University Commerce location in Ashburn with a second 1,500-square-foot space.

Prince William lures Brickyard coworking space with $400K grant

As appeared in Prince William Times

Neabsco Commons, a new town center development in Dale City, will be the second location for Brickyard, a co-working space for teleworkers and “solopreneurs,” thanks in part to a $400,000 grant from Prince William County.

The Prince William Board of Supervisors voted Oct. 2 to award Brickyard a $400,000 “Economic Development Opportunity Fund” grant to use toward office equipment and tenant improvements. 

Former Disruption Corporation founder Paul Singh launched the first Brickyard in Ashburn in early 2016 along with Ann Orem, a director at Clarke-Hook Real Estate. The company aims to provide working space for “solopreneurs” needing offices, teleworkers needing to get out of their homes and small-business owners who want space to grow. 

Brickyard’s Ashburn location offers monthly plans for space, ranging from $149 for first-come, first-served workspace access, to $299 for a desk with a lockable cabinet to $1,199 for a private, lockable office, according to the company’s website.

At Neabsco Commons, Brickyard plans a 7,110-square-foot coworking space that will include 14 flex desks, 10 dedicated desks and 20 private offices.

Under the deal, Brickyard will also provide a dedicated desk for a small-business coach from the Flory Business Center at no cost to the county “as part of the shared goal to grow and foster new and existing small businesses and entrepreneurial ventures within the community and county at-large,” according to a press release issued by the county’s economic development department.

The vote to award the grant was unanimous among the five supervisors who remained at the Oct. 2 meeting after closed session, including Supervisors Ruth Anderson, R-Occoquan; Pete Candland, R-Gainesville; John Jenkins, D-Neabsco; Jeanine Lawson, R-Brentsville; and Vice Chairman Marty Nohe, R-Coles.

Board Chairman Corey Stewart, R-At Large, did not attend the meeting. Supervisors Maureen Caddigan, R-Potomac; and Frank Principi, D-Woodbridge, left prior to the vote.

Neabsco Commons is on Neabsco Mills Road in Dale City next to Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge campus and across the street from Freedom High School. 

The town center’s retail spots are located at the base of a new apartment building. The area is already home to two Hilton hotels and a Tropical Smoothie Café.

Jenkins, whose district includes Neabsco Commons, said he welcomes the agreement with Brickyard as a way to help build small businesses and eastern Prince William. 

“We … are delighted to usher in a new collaborative agreement dedicated to helping generate greater entrepreneurial opportunities in the community for both residents and businesses,” Jenkins said in the press release.  “Brickyard is a great addition to our District and Prince William County.”

The Brickyard grant marks the county’s third agreement in recent years to help boost business-incubator space, according to the economic development department.

The county’s first public-private partnership-based business incubator was launched in December 2012 as the Prince William Science Accelerator.  In 2013, the county opened the doors to the second business incubator, the Virginia Serious Game Institute, through a public-private partnership with George Mason University, the press release said.

Prince William County subsidizing Brickyard's expansion to Woodbridge

As appeared in Washington Business Journal

Prince William County has awarded co-working space provider Brickyard $400,000 to open a new location, only its second, at Neabsco Commons in Woodbridge.

The Board of County Supervisors has approved an agreement between Brickyard and the county's Industrial Development Authority that will deliver a grant to be used for office equipment and tenant improvements. Brickyard, the brainchild of Ann Orem and venture capitalist Paul Singh, opened its first location in Ashburn in 2016.

Singh is no longer affiliated with Brickyard.

Orem, Brickyard's managing director, said in a release that Prince William was chosen for its talented workforce, educational institutions, large veteran population, robust infrastructure, strategic location and "supportive business climate." Its specific location, 2700 Neabsco Common Place, is adjacent to the Northern Virginia Community College Woodbridge campus and the Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training.

The 7,110-square-foot space will include 14 flex desks, 10 dedicated desks and 20 private offices. Brickyard will also provide dedicated desk space, at no cost, for a county employee and an employee of the Flory Small Business Development Center.

Memberships at Brickyard start at $149 a month for access to a workspace and conference rooms during normal business hours, while $299 a month nets you a dedicated desk and all-day access. The top membership of $1,199 a month gets you a private office.

Brickyard Woodbridge is expected to open next summer.

Clarke-Hook's Ann Orem Recognized as Loudoun Times-Mirror's "40 Under 40"

Congratulations to our Managing Director, Ann Orem, for being recognized as one of Loudoun's top "40 Under 40" by the Loudoun Times-Mirror. Ann was honored at a banquet at Stone Tower Winery on September 6, and profiled in a special section of the newspaper published the same day.

In its sixth year, Loudoun Times-Mirror's “40 Under 40” awards recognize Loudoun's rising business and community leaders, honoring 40 bright stars under the age of 40 annually. This year’s honorees were selected from a nominee pool of over 150 individuals based on their professional accomplishments, community involvement, and leadership skills. This year’s honorees were selected from a nominee pool of over 150 individuals.