Mason Enterprise Center 
December 2018 /January 2019
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Jazmine Kionna ends high heel hell
Women's Business Center client, Jazmine Davis, launched her high-heel shoe brand, "Jasmine Kionna" with debut parties in DC, LA, and soon in NYC.  The 25-year-old founder designs vegan high-heel shoes that use insole technology to achieve ultimate comfort.  Finally, beauty and pain no longer have to go hand-in-hand.  These shoes are contemporary, cruelty-free, and comfortable.  Their built-in insoles mold to the pressure points over time, creating a custom fit.  They are also odor free and beautiful, inside and out. Read more
Boots to Business celebrates 7 years
Boots to Business, an entrepreneurial education and training program, is taught on military installations around the world. The two-day "Introduction to Entrepreneurship" course introduces participants to key elements of small-business ownership to help determine if entrepreneurship is a feasible and practical occupation after leaving the military. The curriculum leads participants through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and providing foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan.  Read more
ADHD Resource Group wins GuideStar transparency award
ADHD Resource Group of Northern Virginia has been recognized with a 2018 Gold Seal on its GuideStar Nonprofit Profile.  GuideStar, is the world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a network of 200+ partners use GuideStar data to grow support for nonprofits.  In order to get the 2018 Gold Seal, the ADHD Resource Group of Northern Virginia shared important information with the public using its profile on Now community members and potential donors can find in-depth information about the ADHD Resource Group's goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.
Stolz presents keynote address at Women's Entrepreneur Conference
MEC-Fairfax Director Gisele Stolz presented a keynote address at the Women's Entrepreneurship Conference at George Mason University's Founders Hall in Arlington.  In Be Smart. Know your Customer Before Building your Product, based on Lean Startup and Customer Discovery, she discussed ways to test the market, identify the customer base, and understand their needs.  Freedom Start Foundation and 30 Second Pitch, sponsors of the conference along with George Mason University School of Business, are passionate about creating an environment of encouragement, support, knowledge, and funding opportunities for those who are looking to take the next steps in their career, regardless of age, education, or demographic.   They inspired and empowered 300+ present and future female entrepreneurs.
MEC-Fauquier hosts Board of Supervisors
During its monthly luncheon meeting at MEC-Fauquier, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors was introduced to a variety of MEC-Fauquier clients -- residents, virtuals, and co-workers. Everyone viewed the newly launched video that featured all of the county's incubator centers. In an open forum and round table, MEC-Fauquier clients shared their experiences as small business entrepreneurs, their beneficial interactions with MEC-Fauquier, and various expressions of appreciation for the county's support.
MEC-Fauquier Co-Worker nominated for Small Business of the Year
Judy Olsen, owner of Judy Olsen Design, was one of three business owners nominated for "Small Business of the Year" at the annual Fauquier Chamber of Commerce gala.  Olsen has been a co-worker at the MEC-Fauquier since opening day and instrumental in the formation of its "co-working" space.  Olsen was nominated because of her participation in the chamber, the county, and her endless volunteer hours, sharing her creativity with so many companies in the development and growth of their businesses.