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LifeSherpa app helps kids with developmental disabilities
The ADHD Resource Group of Northern Virginia, a 501(c )(3) nonprofit, located at the MEC-Fairfax, has provided insights and feedback  into the development of LifeSherpa, a community-powered app which automates learning critical tasks that lead to independence of children and teens with diagnosed disorders and learning disabilities. Life Sherpa will be featured as an "Innovative Solution" at the upcoming CHADD Conference in Atlanta this November.  Read more
VenioOne adds new partners
Venio Systems increased its leadership presence in the e-discovery industry. Brad Mixner joined as the Technical Sales/Training Manager and Hadeel Al-Tashi is the new Client Relationship Manager. Mixner, a 20-year veteran of the legal technology industry, comes from Yotta Data Technology, a firm he founded in 2013. Al-Tashi, who has strong cultural awareness and interpersonal skills, studied International Commerce & Policy at George Mason University. With their continued partner growth, including Epiq and REW Computing, Venio One can better deliver critical high-quality service and relationship management.
MEC-Fairfax welcomes Blue Ridge Dynamics
Founded in July 2016, Blue Ridge Dynamics is a fast growing software development and engineering services firm, committed to delivering agile solutions that ensure mission success for its clients. Kyle Miller, Danny Han, and Duane McClure, founders, possess decades of experience in software and web development. With customers in the public and private sectors, BRD provides them with IT solutions using data analysis and machine learning tools, specifically tailored to their needs in order to accelerate and enable individual and business goals.  "Blue Ridge Dynamics needed office space to help launch an exciting new business opportunities," Han explained.  "The MEC-Fairfax was an ideal choice for us, both the location and its ability to accommodate our need to collaborate with other small businesses."
MEC-Leesburg alumni awarded $1.6+M from U.S. Treasury 
Custom Software Systems was awarded three new task orders as part of its blanket purchase agreement with the U.S. Treasury. The three task orders total over $1.6 million and involve modernizing and streamlining payment processes. CSS provides technical WebFOCUS expertise and payment aftermath subject-matter expertise in support of planning, requirements, security architecture, testing, customer outreach, and for operations-and- maintenance (O&M) activities required for this implementation. 
Bridgecross awarded 8(a) Certification
Bridgecross became an 8(a) company, which allows more leeway for sole-source contracts, provides opportunities for teaming agreements, and fulfills one of the eligibility requirements for the Mentor-Protégé program. Bridgecross provides IT support and operation management services at MEC-Leesburg. Additional certifications include Woman Owned Small Business, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, and Small Women and Minority-Owned Business.
MEC-Leesburg alumni opens XCYTE co-working space 
Devin Henderson and the DH Technology team have branched out into the collaborative workspace field. "As an alumni of the MEC-Leesburg, we enjoy being involved with the community.  We gained a wealth of knowledge from the MEC and Town of Leesburg and from all the members," said Henderson.  "We are happy, or XCYTED, to continue working with the MEC.  We are appreciative of the positive feedback we got when we created XCYTE."  XCYTE specializes in short term leases for shared work environments in the HUBZone of Leesburg. 
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VBOC honored for Veteran Business Mentorship
The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) at CBP was honored with the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award for Veteran Business Mentorship. The award, presented at the annual Awards Luncheon, recognizes community stewardship and business leadership. This is a great honor for the VBOC team (Charles McCaffrey, Patti Senft, Bob Rogers, and Kathy Wheeler) and is a testament to their passion, dedication, experience, and client/community focus.  Read more
Retail Week 2017:  Another successful year! 
The SBDC at CBP completed its sixth and most successful Retail Week Workshop Series.  The workshops were located at five sites throughout Northern Virginia and included several new venues, such as the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria. Over all, the workshops attracted 175 confirmed attendees, up from 149 in 2016 and 100 in 2015. The events at the Torpedo Factory and at TechShop in Crystal City attracted a surprisingly varied audience with over 50 attendees each.   Read more
WBC reaches out in Cameroon 
Jessica Smith, business counselor at CBP's Women's Business Center, taught three business-development workshops to 200+ Cameroon students in Central Africa. She focused on simple strategies for starting their own businesses, and introduced the Business Model Canvas to them, plus the elements of a 1- page business plan. Smith used crowdfunding to raise 100% of the funds for her trip, and she partnered with R.G.E. Foundation, a New York City nonprofit, who provides full tuition scholarships for mentorship and leadership development opportunities to underprivileged women in Africa. Smith found it very rewarding and looks forward to more opportunities for international business-development projects.