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BIC@CBP's Junior Achievement team headed to national competition
Debbie Dever, CBP's Business Incubation Center Director, mentored the Junior Achievement of Greater Washington's entrepreneur team, Pick-Me-Up, in a 17-week lean start-up program. Teams had to solve a problem in their community, create a company, develop and launch a minimum viable product, make sales, develop an accounting system, and finally liquidate it. The Pick-Me-Up team is a top 10 finalist, out of 700 competitors, and will compete at the JA National Student Leadership Summit on Capitol Hill in June.  Read more
Musik at Home wins InnovateHER business plan competition
The Women's Business Center at CBP held its annual InnovateHER business plan competition.  Seven competitors created a plan for a business that impacts women and families and is financially viable.  In addition, they had to present a compelling pitch. Businesses ranged from a cybersecurity firm to a wine bar. The finalist was Musik at Home, an online company providing science-based, music education for children. They will advance to the next round of InnovateHER at SBA's competition. Hopefully they will win the $40,000 first place prize!

Mom, who helps women return to work, interviewed
on Today Show
Sheila Murphy, a busy mom of three, was juggling her family and her demanding job when her husband unexpectedly died from a cardiac arrhythmia. After taking two years off, she wanted to help other parents find part-time work that fit their lifestyle and eased them back into the workforce. Through her new company, FlexProfessionals, she is accomplishing her goal.
GMU Professor enjoys Co-Working at MEC-Fauquier
"Being a working mom and living in the country presents a host of interesting challenges," said GMU Professor Stacia Stribling. "As an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education, I have the luxury of doing work at home. The thrill of not commuting to Fairfax quickly evaporated, since commuting from Markham to Warrenton meant similar miles on the car. Then I found the Co-Working space at MEC-Fauquier; I can stay in town, work in a comfortable space, have reliable internet access, support local business, and work alongside a diverse group of people."