Issue 5: March 2020

Mason Small Business Development Center
Providing guidance that will turn your ideas into an enterprise
Mason SBDC Newsletter
March, 2020
Welcome to Spring of 2020

National SBDC Day was on March 18, 2020 celebrating 40 years of mentoring entrepreneurs via one-on-one counseling and training services. To learn more about how Small Business Development Centers have been making a difference nationwide, v isit Americas SBDC.

The 2019 Year-to-Date Mason SBDC report shows the following impacts:-

271 Jobs created, 829 Jobs retained, $ 11,966,056.00 in Capital Formation, 20 Business Starts & 670 Clients Counseled!

COVID -19 Notes and Resources

Mason SBDC Operations
With the widespread impact that the COVID-19 outbreak is expected to cause, Mason SBDC has moved to virtual operations. Counseling session are currently held via Zoom and training will resume as live webinars beginning March 25th on a case- by case basis.

Small Business Administration Assistance
In light of the economic injury the pandemic is expected to cause, the SBA has announced assistance in the form of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) to small businesses affected by the corona virus disease of 2019 (COVID-19).

Please find links on the EIDL loan and other useful information for businesses below. (May include information previously sent)

Client Showcase 
Intergalactic Education is a software company that teaches kids about science, math, and the future. We have a strong focus on getting more young girls and disadvantaged minorities interested in engineering and technology. Our team has developed over a dozen educational computer games that motivate students through the use of incentives and competition. Students compete across schools for high scores while new game content unlocks upon completion of the different educational modules. We improve test scores while simultaneously helping...

Our Team's Involvement
Prince William Chamber of Commerce - Government Contracting Matchmaker
The Prince William Chamber of Commerce held its first Government Contracting Matchmaker of the year on January 14th. Procurement officials from the State, Local and Federal agencies met with small businesses, exchanging strategies, forecasts, capabilities and requirements.

Counselors TJ Master and Tiffany Hosea represented Mason SBDC at the event.
Upcoming Webinars

Mar 25 | 10 AM -12 PM | Online Live Webinar

April 2 | 2 PM - 4:30 PM | Online

April 8 | 4PM - 6PM | Online

April 16 | 4PM - 6:30 PM | Online
Marketing 101 - Live Webinar

April 22 | 4PM - 6PM | Online
Marketing 101 - Live Webinar

April 29 | 10 AM - 12 PM | Online

Client Testimonial
"My Counselor Mr. Bernard Ferret is an extraordinary professional and incredibly gifted entrepreneur. His insights and recommendations - and especially his encouragement - on so many levels have put me on path to success and transformed the direction of launching my product and structuring my business vision down to creating the financial foundation as one of the key building blocks. Bernard's patience and genuine desire to see my business to launch and succeed comes through with every session. I've
worked for 8 years with many challenges in a vacuum - and to have discovered this Mason small business offering - and being paired with Bernard - has been nothing but a God send. I am deeply grateful for him."

Hayley Sterling - Owner, Soap Sleeve.
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