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Olivia Castaldy, new intern at MEC-Fauquier 
Olivia Castaldy will join MEC-Fauquier for the spring semester as a student intern. She will be splitting her time between the Fauquier's Department of Economic Development and MEC-Fauquier. Currently the president of DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) at Liberty High School, she recently won first place in the district in human resources management. She will compete on the state level in March. Olivia is participating in the internship program to learn about small businesses and how the County operates. The honor roll student is looking forward to a career in digital marketing.
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CBP welcomes two new members to the team!
Community Business Partnership is honored and excited to introduce two new members of the CBP team. Welcome aboard, Cachet and Maribel!  Read more
Cachet Prescott is the new Director of the Small Business Development Center. This proud military spouse is a small business owner of 6+ years, a former SBDC Business Consultant, and former Director of Business Development for a five-star Chamber of Commerce. A double-certified HR professional, she brings expertise in organizational, career, leadership, and professional development, learning and development, and training and development.
Maribel Feliciano is the new Assistant Director of the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC).  In 1996, she earned a degree in Finance and International Business from Illinois State University.  She relocated to Querétaro, Mexico, to experience the vibrant culture and the economic changes occurring. Her passion for cultures, languages, and economic development led her to earn an MBA from Thunderbird, AGSIM, in 2000.  Afterwards, she joined a small consultancy firm in London, England. Having spent several years raising her family, she is focusing her efforts on helping Veterans start their businesses. 
CBP Holiday Mixer 2017
Each year, the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and CBP co-host a Holiday Mixer to say "thank you" to the small businesses, sponsors, volunteers, and the community that support them. On December 7, CBP celebrated another successful year! They featured favors from several local food makers: The Organic Grill Master, NNK Popcorn Bag, Doorstep Rasoi, Honeycakes Desserts, Petite Sweets by Ms. Jo, Sweet Twist of Ecuador, Quilla's Quinoa Desserts, Sinplicity Catering, and more! Over 200 guests attended, surpassing previous years' turnouts. Thanks to everyone that came out and helped CBP end 2017 on such a positive note. Read more
Turkish Coffee Lady grand opening
The grand opening of Turkish Coffee Lady, a gourmet coffee shop in Tyson's Corner Mall, was a highly anticipated event. Gizem Salcigil White and her support staff welcomed a turnout of visitors to the open-area café outside of Lord & Taylor. Mrs. White, a Turkish American mompreneur, gained the title of 'Turkish Coffee Lady' after founding the Turkish Coffee Truck project in 2012. She used the project as an opportunity to share her heritage and culture with a wide audience. Her open-air café serves traditional Turkish coffee, herbal tea, Turkish delights, sweet and salty treats, chocolate assortments, gourmet baklava, and Mediterranean ice-cream delights.  Read more
MEC-Fairfax welcomes i3, LLC
i3, LLC, provides technology services to law enforcement and national security agencies.  Their core capabilities are in application development and support, big data analytics, IT infrastructure maintenance, and mission IT support.  They deliver high-quality, cost-effective, high "Return on Investment" (ROI) solutions to help their customers achieve mission success. Customers include prestigious agencies such as the Department of State, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Defense Intelligence Agency, and other intelligence community agencies.  As a facility with a top-secret rating, 95% of their employees hold specialized certificates or advanced degrees.  They chose MEC-Fairfax for its location and networking opportunities with other businesses.
MEC-Fairfax welcome Lystiom
Lystiom, a management and information technology consulting firm, specializes in financial management systems.  Their team of skilled consultants possesses extensive project management experience and in-depth knowledge of the financial services industry, focusing on risk management, treasury, operations, regulations, accounting, financial reporting, and analytical functions. They provide their customers with customized IT solutions such as enterprise software solutions, enterprise performance management, custom software development, and more.  The key to their success includes premium quality, accuracy, and on-time delivery. "MEC-Fairfax is a great place to get free one-on-one mentor sessions and other valuable advice to help run our business smoothly and successfully. Special thanks to Timm Johnson, Bernard Ferret, Bob Gahagan, and Aziza Noory for their help setting setup this new venture," says Khaja Samiuddin, CEO.