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CBP Business Incubation Center welcomes Irving C. Best
Irving C. Best, Jr., CEO of TruBest Enterprise Solutions, is a U.S. Marine with over 25 years of security engineering experience. TruBest provides services to  support best practices in cybersecurity, intelligence, and technical solutions for its customers; and they are an 8(a) certified firm and a verified SDVOSB. The company's overall goal is to assist companies, agencies, and departments to bridge security gaps with people, technology, and organizational business operations. Read more
Access to Capital Advisor hired
Access to Capital Advisor, Sarah Price, will provide targeted assistance to small businesses to help them access capital for growth. She has 15 years of experience working in economic development practices and project management. Sarah founded a small business, SL Price Consulting, where she focused on financial and program analysis, identification of business and program needs, capital resources, strategic planning, and business development. The SBDC at CBP is excited to have her.  Read more 
Blake Wilson Group enters new Mentor-Protégé Program
Blake Willson Group, LLC, a public accounting firm based out of DC, entered into an SBA-approved All Small Mentor Protégé relationship with Morgan Franklin Consulting (MFC) to pursue set-aside opportunities in the National Capital Region. The All Small Mentor Protégé Program was established to develop strong protégé firms through mentor-provided business-development assistance and to help protégés successfully compete for government contracts.  Read more
Initiatives encourage support of veteran entrepreneurs
Governor Terry McAuliffe submitted a legislative package to the 2017 General Assembly designed to ensure Veterans and military families are provided every opportunity for success. The package includes initiatives encouraging entrepreneurship among former service members. The Veteran Business Outreach Center at CBP, working in conjunction with the GMU Office of Government and Community Relations and Virginia's Veterans and Defense Affairs, addressed the Joint House-Senate Military and Veterans Caucus and participated in an Open House for the Virginia General AssemblyRead more
WorthPoint succeeds with low-cost IPO
In 2007, Will Seippel, CEO/Founder of WorthPoint and a GMU alumnus, joined MEC-Fairfax to grow his online antique auction business. Today, WorthPoint is one of the pioneers of small businesses in the US to conduct a low-cost IPO. The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act allowed smaller companies to go public at a relatively low cost and to use public advertising and solicitation online. To celebrate, Seippel returned to MEC-Fairfax on February 23 to talk with MEC clients, local entrepreneurs, and small business owners about his experience with low-cost IPO's.
Provato joins MEC-Fauquier
MEC-Fauquier member, Provato, needed an office to train new employees and to help launch an exciting new business spinoff.  Called Wombuz, it will help small companies utilize digital marketing strategies to attract top talent. Provato augments the internal recruiting departments of the fastest-growing federal contractors in the industry. "Some days we may need space for just one person, while other days we may need space for 15. The MEC has been tremendously accommodating to our needs while providing an energetic, entrepreneurial environment," said CEO Aaron McElroy.
Mark My World featured in Huffington Post recently featured Mark My World, a travel technology company based at MEC-Leesburg. HuffPost author, Arnal Dayaratna, wrote: "By facilitating the delivery of personalized travel-related content, the application represents a disruptive solution to the problem of obtaining reliable information about travel locations." To expand adoption among small businesses and enterprises, Mark My World will be rolling out further B2B functionality in the coming year.  Read more
Solvitur Systems receives HUBZone certification
Solvitur Systems, a member of MEC-Leesburg, was recently awarded their HUBZone certification. The HUBZone program is designed to promote job growth, capital investment, and economic development to historically underutilized geographic areas, like the one MEC-Leesburg is located within. Solvitur Systems, also MEC-Leesburg's 2016 "Rookie of the Year," will use this certification to increase their competitive edge when doing business with the federal government.  Read more
DAR Partners and MT Newswires join forces
DAR Partners, a "one-stop shop" for specialized financial, trade, and economic information services and an MEC-Leesburg member, has recently partnered with MT Newswires, a leading source of original forward-looking business and financial news. This partnership will provide DAR Partners with flexible feed formats and delivery options, allowing quick and easy integration into any desktop or mobile platform. Brooks McFeely, Founder and CEO of MT Newswires, said, "We believe this partnership is a perfect fit for federal agencies seeking a real-time digital news-feed delivery service."  Read more