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Washington, DC, is famous for its monuments, its museums and--let's face it--scandals in the mayor's office. None of those are reasons why Rebecca Shambaugh, CEO of Shambaugh Leadership Group, located her 30-person consulting company in nearby McLean, Virginia.

"This area has access to multiple businesses: defense, government, nonprofit," says the 46-year-old entrepreneur. "It's also an extraordinary place for technology. And, quite frankly, there's a lot of power here. So you attract a lot of people who are very accomplished and goal-oriented."

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