Issue 6: June 2020

Providing guidance that will turn your ideas into an enterprise
A changed world and the summer of 2020

The world around is changing. As we embrace a new sense of normal, we witness adaptability & greatness marshaled even in the meekest among us.

Mason Small Business Development Center (Mason SBDC) sincerely thanks our network of friends, sponsors, partners and the business community at large, for the faith placed in us, the resilience and above all, the tireless collaboration that continues to this day. We remain indebted to those at the the front lines, that continue to keep lives and lights on.

SBDCs, EDAs, Chambers and partners nationwide remain committed and available to small businesses during this challenging time. Support is available for matters related to critical disaster funding & recovery strategies.
In addition to regular services, the Mason SBDC currently offers customized, step-by-step counseling on Recovery efforts.
To get started on recovery planning, visit the Virginia SBDC's Recovery Resource Center .

To work with a counselor on recovery guidance, email us today - [email protected].
Mason SBDC Operations Note

Mason SBDC has moved to virtual operations. Counseling sessions and workshops are currently being held virtually until further notice.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Update.
The SBA has announced on June 15, 2020 that it has resumed the EIDL application process for qualifying small businesses, non profits and agricultural business. See details here

Client Showcase - June, 2020

But you can call us CCI!
 CCI is a small, minority business located in Springfield, VA. The company was started almost 40 years ago by our founder and president, Chetan Bhimani (but you can call him Chet!) Chet brings to the table countless years of experience in the IT industry and his expertise has transformed the company into a Custom Web-Based Database Development and Staffing business. 

Whether you are looking to improve your company’s business management process efficiency, or find the perfect short-term or long-term staff person, CCI can provide you with an affordable solution.

Core Team at CCI
Chet Bhimani
  Aashish Bhimani
 Director of Business Development
Susan Lepley
 Business Manager
" ... our staff has been working diligently during the current crisis to keep the business running smoothly, and to keep us growing. "
Mason SBDC welcomes new SME Team!
Mason SBDC is proud to have Namrata Maguire and Hussain Shah join the program as Subject-matter experts. Our new SME-Team will support the organization's efforts to assist business owners with their solid expertise in the Finance and Digital Marketing fields respectively. A little more about them:
Namrata Maguire

Namarata McGuire has joined Mason SBDC as SME - Finance and Accounting. Namrata is a CPA and has 25+ years of experience supporting small businesses. An experienced educator delivering on site and online training to the Department of Commerce, she also serves as Adjunct Faculty at the Schools of Business at both George Mason University and Catholic University. 
Read More about Namratha Maguire
Hussain Shah

Hussain Shah has joined the Mason SBDC as SME- Digital Marketing. Hussain brings 17 years of leadership in marketing teams within startups and major Publicly traded companies. His expertise ranges from strategy to tactical execution of marketing programs for product and service offerings.
Read more about Hussain Shah
Director's Engagements
As lead presenter/key panelist at several virtual events focused on the financial aids available to businesses impacted by COVID-19, Mason SBDC Director, Timm Johnson has been assisting regional partners and clients alike with his financial expertise and guidance.
Some of the events director was part of include:-
  • PPP your Q/A Answered by Prince William Chamber of Commerce - April 15 & April 20

Upcoming Webinars
June 18 | Online Workshop | Register
July 23 | Online Workshop | Register
Aug 20 | Online Workshop | Register
Sep 17 | Online Workshop | Register

June 24 | Online Workshop | Register

Start a Business (Legal and Administrative Steps)
July 9 | Online Workshop | Register
Aug 6 | Online Workshop | Register
Sep 3 | Online Workshop | Register

Preparing Your Pitch *New*
July 29 | Online Workshop | Register

Financing Your Small Business
Aug 26 | Online workshop | Register

Client Testimonial
" My counseling sessions with Mr. T.J. Master began in October 2019. At the onset, Mr. Master listened intently to the “as-is” state of my business while masterfully calculating the most successful path forward. During our first meeting, he reviewed my documentation to ensure that the proper procedures for registering the business in Prince William County were followed plus provided a listing of resources to assist me during this unfamiliar and frightening journey. At one point, I mentioned that I was seeking a licensing agreement with Tuskegee Airman Incorporated ® (TAI). Much to my surprise, when I arrived at our meeting, T.J. was making himself more familiar with TAI and presented new information to me regarding some of the Tuskegee Airmen.. Since COVID-19, he’s provided several platforms that are offering assistance to small businesses, programs, that I would not have known about otherwise. Our sessions are both engaging and enjoyable and I look forward to each meeting. T.J. is trustworthy and has gone above and beyond to show that he cares about me, my family, and my business."

-Cheryl Sellers
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