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The MIX praised as interdisciplinary, innovative 
Joining Associate VP of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Sean Mallon, at the grand opening of The Mix were Mason's President Ángel Cabrera and Virginia's Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson.  Cabrera talked about how, like other top collaboration hubs located near major research universities, The MIX will attract top talent and create an atmosphere conducive to multidisciplinary collaboration and experiential learning.  Jackson said, "This is about a community.  The MIX is just that:  it is a mix of all disciplines; it's a mix of all type of people; it's a mix of all kinds of imagination. This is a place that can stir all that together. The fun is seeing what you get."  Read more at: 
Stolz discloses plans at welcome reception
At the reception to welcome her, the new MEC Business Incubator Director, Gisele Stolz, disclosed her vision for the MEC.  She plans to build on the work of her predecessors to grow it into a top rate incubator while also ensuring profitability.  New classes, workshops, and programs will help small businesses reach new growth levels.  Lunch & Learns have been set up for the coming months, as well as other networking and social events.  Stolz welcomes the opportunity to meet the clients to exchange new ideas and see how the MEC can best help them. Read more
Solvitur Systems lands GSA contract 
MEC-Leesburg member Solvitur Systems has received a five-year U.S. General Services Administration schedule contract award, which makes them an approved vendor on GSA's IT Schedule 70. "This award broadens our ability to work with federal, state and local agencies, and offers easier and more streamlined access to our broad range of consulting services," Managing Director and CEO Ade Odutola said.  Solvitur Systems is also a designated HUBZone business. Read more at : 
Lynker Technologies makes Inc 5000 and Fast 50
Lynker Technologies, based at MEC-Leesburg, appeared on the Inc 5000 list of fastest growing companies in America. Their rank of 1237 lies just a few slots behind MEC alum B3 Group. Additionally, Washington Technology's Fast 50 ranked Lynker at number 47. Joe Linza, founder of Lynker Technologies, recently presented at "Contractor Chat," an MEC event, and spoke about their successes. Click link to see video: CenterLeesburgLoudoun/videos/?ref=page_internal
MEC-Leesburg welcomes new members
Two educational organizations have been added to MEC-Leesburg's client roster. Family Education and Media Services provides training for childcare providers and education and mediation services to separated/divorced families. Soulsana will utilize the MEC-Leesburg to help hospice providers learn to utilize Reiki as an end-of-life care option. Both companies will be using the unique conference spaces offered by the MEC-Leesburg.
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Jessica Smith receives Carol A. Coleman Award
Jessica Smith, business counselor at CBP Women's Business Center, recently received the Carol A. Coleman Award by Women Impact Now (WIN), a nonprofit organization that empowers economically challenged women to make dynamic changes in their communities. The Carol A. Coleman Award honors women that influence their community through service, economic development, mentoring, and education. In the video interview, Jessica discusses what inspires her work, the projects she has done at the WBC, and words of wisdom on achieving goals.
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First Business & Economic Summit announced
October 24 marks the first Greater Springfield Business & Economic Summit.  Business and community leaders will discuss the state of business in and the future economic power of southeast Fairfax County.  Robert Lusk, director of national marketing for the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, will talk about the economic landscape of the Greater Springfield area and Fairfax County,  several panels will follow, and Dr. Terry L. Clower, professor of public policy at George Mason University and director of GMU's Center for Regional Analysis, will be the lunch speaker.  Meaghan Kiefer, FC Business Experience Partner, will be available to answer questions related to planning and zoning, permitting, licenses, taxes, code administration, transportation, etc.  See more at
MEC-Fairfax welcomes Johnny Appleseed Association 
Johnny Appleseed Association's charter is to encourage their clients to strive for independence and to sustain themselves financially. "Working with the newly founded Job Skills Training Programs, Johnny Appleseed will assist unskilled workers secure careers in various fields which will lead them to a new beginning," explained John Chapman, president and founder.   "Johnny Appleseed decided to move to MEC-Fairfax, because of the great location and amazing resources they offer, yet they still keep it at a reasonable cost." 
MEC-Fauquier welcomes Hope in Home Care
Hope in Home Care recently hosted an open house after joining MEC-Fauquier. Administrator Mary Ellen Clark said, "We are pleased to have the opportunity to expand our business with the assistance of the MEC-Fauquier staff and facilities." Hope in Home Care delivers client-centered and result-driven continuity of care.  They provide personalized care to meet patients' unique needs, with the goal of improving the patients' independence while enhancing overall quality of life, dignity, and freedom.  The trained and licensed professionals of Hope in Home Care are passionate about delivering quality care.
LFSBDC holds quarterly meeting
Christine Kriz, director of the Virginia SBDC at Lord Fairfax Community College (LFSBDC), recently held her quarterly meeting at MEC-Fauquier. Her team assists people with starting, managing, and growing (or selling) their small businesses. Offering confidential consulting services, Kriz and her staff give objective feedback and advice, saving the entrepreneurs time and error. The LFSBDC offers clients networking resources and financial insights. Visit the website: