McClure interviewed on Cox Connections
On Cox Connections (NOVA channel 74/77), Kathryn Falk, VP of Public and Government Affairs, talked with featured guest Carter McClure, Regional Manager of MEC-Fairfax. McClure shared insight on the advantages of business incubation, service partners, and program offerings at MEC-Fairfax and the role it plays in the area's economic regional ecosystem.  
Video Marketing 101 at Lunch & Learn
Did you know that using video on your website landing page can increase your conversion rate by 80%?  Chris Paolucci, Director of Strategy with Mediavolution, offered the MEC-Fairfax community of entrepreneurs help in how to create a competitive advantage by using video marketing to solicit new customers.  Chris Paolucci shared, "Video is a onetime investment for endless use and ongoing leverage for your company and communications."  Read more

MEC-Leesburg inspires local businesses to ride Pokémon Go craze
Shortly after the cell phone app Pokémon Go was released, Melissa Isaacs from MEC-Leesburg published a guide to help local businesses capitalize on increased foot traffic. This strategy includes using in-game items to encourage foot traffic at dining and retail locations, as well as offering deals and discounts to attract passersby. Read the full article here:
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CBP debuts "Lean for Makers" workshop series

New for 2016! CBP is offering an intensive 15-week pilot workshop series for "makers" (including food makers) to learn and apply lean methodologies to their businesses.  A cohort of up to 30 entrepreneurs will be taught by business experts using lectures, in-class exercises, prototyping, and real world engagements. Part I will focus on lean methodologies and customer discovery, and Part II will focus on business execution.  Read more 
CAIRD Sextant awarded Prime Navy Seaport E Contract
Rafael Olivieri, PhD, owner of CAIRD Sextant, just returned to dry land after taking part in shock testing for the USS JACKSON (LCS 6). As the Environmental Chief Scientist, he and his team of marine observers were ensuring that marine mammals and sea turtles are not harmed by the shell testing.  As a result of their excellent work and the contacts they made to comply with DCAA audit requirements, they have been awarded a Prime Navy Seaport E Contract.  Read more
Successful debut of Ignite Fauquier
Ignite Fauquier successfully set alight the local business community with its initial program to help interested individuals brainstorm solutions to various challenges. A large crowd gathered to hear a presentation by Scott Harlan, president of the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce and owner of talk19 media. Harlan shared the challenges of spending time on the behalf of a client which was not designated as billable. The crowd gave a litany of solutions from time-tracking software to retainers.  Read more
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Mentor Protégé team, PTAP win Nunn-Perry Award
Booz Allen Hamilton (Mentor) and their small business partner The MASY Group (Protégé) were the recipients of the Nunn-Perry Award from the Defense Department's Office of Small Business Programs. This team, supported by their PTAP partner at George Mason University, received the Award in recognition of the team's technical developments and contributions to business opportunity growth efforts for small disadvantaged firms.  Read more 
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Miller elected Vice Chair of Virginia/DC DEC
District Export Councils (DECs) are organizations of business leaders from local communities, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.  These leaders have knowledge of and expertise in international business, and they support their region's export efforts. "It is an honor to be elected as Vice Chair of the Virginia/DC DEC," said Aaron S. Miller, International Trade Manager at the Virginia SBDC Network. "DECs' work with exporting goods and services strengthens individual companies, stimulates the US economy, and creates jobs." Read more
MEC New Clients MECNewClients
Inceptima Management Solutions
Inceptima Management Solutions supports organizations in managing their programs and projects.  They stand out, because they have the ability to leverage custom management techniques to a wide range of projects. We help organizations improve their organizational design, business processes, and management of internal operations.  "The MEC incubator program is a great platform for small businesses who are looking for guidance, resources and opportunities to achieve their business goals," said Asmaa Idrisu.  "We are very happy to have joined . . . and know we will excel here."   Read more  
MEC-Leesburg welcomes Quortum, an industry-leader in insider-threat analysis and a licensed partner of the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI). CEO Joey Alonso explained, "I joined MEC-Leesburg, because I wanted to set up my company in a collaborative environment, where I could interact with fellow entrepreneurs who are facing the same challenges with their startups."  Read more