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Northern Neck Popcorn Bag wins 2017 Made in Virginia, City Award
Featuring products created in the Commonwealth, the 2017 Made in Virginia awards celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship, and craft in food, drink, design, and gear.  From hundreds of submissions, Virginia Living editors selected this year's 16 winners. Northern Neck Popcorn Bag, (a CBP client) based in Kilmarnock, VA, won for its salted dark-caramel popcorn.
Contract awards soar to new heights
MEC-CBP incubator client MirLogic continued its highly successful year! April, May, June, and September brought MirLogic four government contracts totaling millions of dollars. CEO Anthony Richardson's hard work and dedication have been recognized and rewarded.  Read more
WBC hosted conference for social entrepreneurs
The Women's Business Center at MEC-CBP (Springfield) hosted its first conference focusing on social entrepreneurship, including a comprehensive overview of the components of social enterprises.  Practitioners and theorists alike joined award-winning social entrepreneur and GMU professor Bethany Rubin Henderson, Executive Director of Dog Tag Bakery Meghan Ogilvie, Founder of the Black upStart Kezia Williams, and Howard University's Dr. Leelannee Malin. Karlene Sinclair-Robinson kicked off the morning with a keynote speech, "It's Not about You: How to Overcome Barriers that Hinder Personal Success." Read more 
CBP (Springfield) hosted "Growing Pains... Finding the Right Balance"
Getting the talent equation right has never been easy for businesses. The CBP Business Incubation Center hosted a Human Resource Roundtable Lunch & Learn to assist their clients with current human resource issues. Attendees talked with two HR experts in a roundtable format.  Fern Hernberg, from Eagle HR, and Jeremy Schneider, an Associate from Jackson Lewis P.C., fielded questions and provided valuable advice.  In addition, attendees were offered a free counseling session.  Read more 
CBP (Springfield) welcomes Enterprise e-Support, Inc
Shikha Dixit, president and CEO of Enterprise e-Support, Inc. (EeS), an IT consulting firm, has provided outstanding leadership and vision to EeS for 15 years.  To accelerate its growth, she moved the company into the CBP business incubator to take advantage of the support and advice from CBP business professionals and ongoing learning opportunities. EeS will be better prepared to pitch its business capabilities to the government. Ms. Dixit also has a passion to mentor youth by engaging them in learning business and technology. She has advocated for STEM programs and served on the board of nonprofit organizations.  Read more
New "Lunch & Learn" series produced with EDA and Chamber
The first in a series of refreshed "Lunch and Learn" programs launched this month at the MEC-Fairfax in conjunction with the Fairfax City Economic Development Authority and the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.  "Pitching to Investors - What Every Small Business Needs to Know" attracted a full house of entrepreneurs and small business owners from around the region. Entrepreneur, inventor, strategic connector, and investor Wayne Lifshitz shared his vast experience as a serial entrepreneur seeking funds and as an investor working with early-stage entrepreneurs. The video summary of the event is now on the MEC YouTube channel.  Read more
MEC-Fairfax welcomes ITinfra
ITfrastructure, Inc. (aka ITinfra), an 8(a) company, is primarily a government contractor specializing in IT infrastructure optimization, with expertise in most current IT infrastructure technologies.  Their core competencies are enterprise network, data center, and cyber security.   "We chose the MEC-Fairfax because of its support services, including counseling and sharing the office space with like-minded fast-growing companies," explained founder Jay Xie.
Meet Your Neighbor at MEC-Fauquier
MEC-Fauquier held a "Meet Your Neighbor" social event, where clients had the opportunity to meet one another and the new MEC Business Incubator Director Gisele Stolz. Jody Keenan, State Director of Virginia SBDC Network; Miles Friedman, Director of Fauquier County Economic Development; and Thomas Wisemiller, Manager of Economic Development for the Town of Warrenton also attended. The group was quite diverse.
TRAXyL receives Washington Business Journal Innovation Award
Daniel Turner and Stephen Carter of TRAXyL, an MEC-Fauquier virtual client, received the Washington Business Journal Innovation Award for their new use of optical fiber. They developed tiny optical fiber strands that can be placed directly on road surfaces. Carter said, "We've developed a new way of installing optical fiber that is essentially faster, safer, and less expensive than the traditional methods." This innovative technology will extend high-speed internet to hard-to-reach and underserved areas.