Mason Enterprise Center 
January 2020  Newsletter  
MEC Fairfax Client HarmonyTech Wins Multiple IT Service Contracts
HarmonyTech - a leading-edge IT professional services provider specializing in Agile/DevOps Delivery, App Dev, Cloud Migration, Cyber Security, and Enterprise IT services - recently received several IT service contracts.  Under a contract at Health and Human Services (HHS) for Cybersecurity Services and Solutions, HarmonyTech provides full spectrum Cybersecurity Program Office for HHS consisting of the following services and solutions; Cybersecurity Program Management, ISSO Support, Risk Management, Policy Vulnerability Management and Penetration Testing, Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM), Security Architecture and Engineering Support and Threat Mitigation and Incident Response.
Harmony Tech also received a contract from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to assist in development of a comprehensive Information Technology (IT) Life-Cycle for the FDIC's Chief Information Officer (CIO) Program Management Office (CPMO). This work will result in Agile transformation and enhance the FDIC's IT Lifecycle process and phases for identifying, selecting, controlling and monitoring IT work.
Further, HarmonyTech was awarded a 5-year contract at the Department of the Treasury/Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) as a key team member to maintain and support the agency's mission critical applications.  This includes the full systems development lifecycle (SDLC) (project management, research, architecture, analysis, design, development, testing, integration, deployment, sustainment, and/or decommissioning) for OCC's platform management supervision system (PMSS) applications, their infrastructure, and all supported components.  Visit for more information.

MEC-Fairfax Director Gisele Stolz Provides Keynote at Women's Entrepreneurship Conference
Mason Enterprise Center Business Incubator Director Gisele Stolz recently served as a keynote speaker at the Women's Entrepreneurship Conference in New York City. The conference encouraged women of all ages and backgrounds to get inspired, get motivated, and get the help they need to finally start or grow their own business. Ms. Stolz focused her remarks on dispelling the fallacy that entrepreneurs need to have a completed business plan before they launch their business. She also introduced the business-model canvas and stressed the need to focus first and foremost on customer discovery and understanding your value proposition. Ms. Stolz's talk was voted the most inspiring and memorable at the conference. 
First Lunch & Learn of 2020 a Success!
The MEC launched its 2020 Lunch & Learn series on January 29 with The 2% CEO Habits of Profitability,™ Led by Kirk W. McLaren, CEO of Foresight CFO, the workshop covered how to use the numbers to win more customers, keep the customers you have, have the people and capacity to perform, and earn top percentile financial results.

MEC-Fairfax Welcomes Arena
Arena is a NextGen Business Bank Platform that helps you manage your business today and grow tomorrow. It is a seed-stage financial technology [fintech] startup reinventing a $28b underserved small business banking market with an experienced fintech & banking team.  For more information, visit
Avoiding Death by PowerPoint: 10 Tips to Make Your Presentations More Effective
Wednesday, February 26, 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Most of you have probably endured a terrible PowerPoint presentation. At best, you have experienced boredom, followed by frustration, then anger that you have just been made to waste an hour or more of your time and did not come away with any meaningful information you could remember. What can you do to jazz up your presentations and leave your audiences feeling a little less like zombies? This workshop will teach some simple techniques to make your presentations more effective, easy to follow, and memorable. Presenter Gisele Stolz is the Director of the Mason Enterprise Center, the Business Accelerator supported by George Mason University and the City of Fairfax EDA. Before joining the MEC, Gisele was the SBDC Director at the Community Business Partnership/MEC in Springfield where counseled over 400 clients, providing advice on growth, financing, marketing and making their businesses more efficient.