Mason Enterprise Center 
Visionary Consulting Partners CEO wins top award
Eleanor Thornton, Visionary's CEO, was named a Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Award Winner.  The award recognizes those enterprising minority entrepreneurs that fuel the region's economy through their innovation, sacrifices and dedication. These incredible men and women achieved the American dream of business ownership despite the obstacles in their path. In addition, in 2018, Visionary won multiple contracts from the Dept. of Veteran Affairs and US Agency for International Development, and they became a mentor in the SBA's All Small Mentor-Protégé program with the QED Group (protégé).
MEC-Fairfax launches 2019 Workshop Series
The MEC launched its 2019 workshop series with a lively and inspiring Lunch & Learn on how to become a power connector.  "Many business owners think they know how to network," declares Chianti Lomax, Executive Coach and Leadership Development Trainer.  "But being a power connector is not the same as being a networker."  During this fun and interactive workshop, Lomax explained what it means to be truly good at networking, and how effective strategies can help business owners build better, stronger and more successful professional relationships.
MEC-Fairfax welcomes Blue Glacier Security & Intelligence
A veteran-owned company, Blue Glacier is probably the only security company comprised of former intelligence officers turned security practitioners with expertise in vulnerability analysis and target systems analysis.  They have provided recommendations on defeating adversary entities to the highest levels of the U.S. Government.  They chose MEC-Fairfax over other office spaces because of its counseling and business services. "Seeking federal and state government contracts for risk, threat, and vulnerability assessments; intelligence; counter-threat (illicit) finance; and business continuity/disaster preparedness planning," says K Campbell, CEO, "it is very convenient to have access to MEC's services that will enable us to pursue these types of contracts while we network with potential partners in the same building.
MEC-Fairfax welcomes Pattigene Long
"I am so excited to be a part of MEC-Fairfax because of the partnership between GMU, the business community, and the City of Fairfax," declares Pattigene Long, Independent Sales Director for Mary Kay.  "I am enjoying being in one place with like-minded people, who care about their passions and their businesses.  At this time being a Virtual Member, I still feel very welcomed by everyone and am looking forward to networking with many of you."  Read more
MEC-Fairfax welcomes ANET Services
ANET Services works with industry leaders, such as Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Red Hat, to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions for their customers.  They are also a supplier to General Dynamics, CACI, Deloitte, SAIC, and Liedos.  Services include management consulting, administrative support, staff augmentation, business analysis, business process improvements, and training. "The success of our business is dependent on the trust and confidence we earn from our employees, customers, and shareholders," explains Helen Zhou, CEO. "At ANET Services, we work hard together, enjoy together, and succeed together."
BREW 'n' Business, new workshops for small businesses
A kickoff breakfast and a showcase of local services, called BREW 'n' Business, was held for small business owners. Each business-assistance program gave a five-minute description of their services.  Coordinating the event were MEC-Fauquier, the Fauquier Enterprise Centers, Lord Fairfax SBDC, Town of Warrenton Dept. of Economic Development, Fauquier County Dept. of Economic Development, and property owners in Old Town Warrenton. After surveying the participants, an additional five workshops are planned: How to Grow Your Business with Video, Creating a Facebook Ad and Facebook Analytics, Writing a Press Release, Evaluate Your Instagram Presence, and Create Your 30-Second Elevator Speech.
Selling to the Commonwealth
MEC-Fauquier hosted a workshop, "Selling to the Commonwealth," with Chris Ley, business service manager of the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD).  Designed to educate small minority business owners about opportunities to sell goods and services to the Commonwealth and local governments, the 20 attendees learned about the Virginia procurement process (eVA) and the benefits of SWaM and Micro certifications from SBSD.
Virginia PTAP welcomes Lisa Wood
Lisa Wood, the new State Director of the Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP), is excited to join Mason and the vibrant government contracting community in Virginia.  She previously served as State Director of the PTAC in Connecticut, PTAC Director for Northwest Commission of Pennsylvania, and the State Director of Ohio's Department of Development. Before joining the PTAC community, Wood sat on the other side of the table, performing contract administration and negotiation duties, at companies such as Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc.  Wood holds an MBA from the University of New Haven, and she is currently pursuing her PhD in Instructional Management and Leadership (School of Education and Social Sciences) at Robert Morris University of Pittsburgh.