Issue 7: September 2020

Providing guidance that will turn your ideas into an enterprise
September 2020
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
— Henry Ford, American businessman

Change has been the only constant since March of this year, compelling business owners to navigate difficult decisions and/or charting new plans. For many, working with a business resource partner or a mentor has proven to be the soundest approach to mitigate risks while addressing changes. This has been the course SBDCs have taken nationwide, as they help clients and each other! Collaboratively consulting with resource partners and fellow centers has helped centers as we operate in a new business climate.

Are you in the process of making a change?
If you are applying for the SBA's Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness application or are simply seeking recovery directions, the SBDC network is trained and equipped to counsel you!

Connect with a counselor/SME today to work out an ideal plan in this new normal. For recovery guidance a great place to start is the Virginia SBDC's Recovery Resource Center page, which has vital, sector-based tips and guidance for businesses.

To work with a counselor on recovery guidance, loan forgiveness applications, or any business matter, email the Mason Small Business Development Center (Mason SBDC) at today!
Client Showcase - September 2020
Amy Peltier Interior Design & Home offers family-friendly residential interiors with a unique design perspective. They assist clients with a variety of projects, ranging from furnishings to entire remodels, additions, and new construction.

With almost 20 years of interior design experience and offices located on both the East and West Coast, Peltier Interiors is comfortable, and family focused while still displaying style and refinement. Known for her preppy style infused with a dose of California casual, Amy Peltier procures interiors that are a little classic, a little modern and always fresh.
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Mason SBDC welcomes new Subject Matter Expert
Mason SBDC is pleased to have Subodh Nayar join the program as SME - Sales, Marketing and Product Development!

Subodh brings decades of successful consultative sales experience covering business needs analysis; systems integration and product design to help entrepreneurs form, grow and re-imagine their companies’ revenue and cost model. Read More about Subodh Nayar
Director's activities and Team Highlights
Program Director, Timm Johnson has been collaborating on several initiatives with regional partners. His financial expertise and counsel has been instrumental to stakeholders, regional business groups and the small business community as business resurgence efforts have picked up in the area. Timm was a key panelist and participant on several virtual events.

Some events from this quarter include:

  • How to Navigate PPP Loan Forgiveness (Atlantic Union Bank)- Aug 17
  • Let’s Talk About PPP (Goochland County Chamber of Commerce)- Jul 16
  • Veterans Council (Prince William Chamber of Commerce)- Jun 11

Timm is the lead presenter of the Mason SBDC workshops: Financing Your Small Business & Local SEO & Social Media Marketing. To attend, see information below.
George Siragusa, Senior Business Counselor was presenter at the 1 Millions Cups - Prince William Chapter's meet on July 8.

He was also the presenter of Mason SBDC's new workshop, Preparing Your Pitch* on July 29th, which was well received.

*The next offering of this workshop will be on Oct 21st. See details below.
Senior Counselor, TJ Master successfully cleared NASBITE's Certified Global Business Professional Certification exam earlier this summer. The Mason SBDC is thrilled and excited at Counselor TJ's success as he joins the ranks of other CGBP Certified Counselors within the State Network.


Catch Counselor TJ's Government Contracting 101 workshop on Oct 28th. (Link below)
Upcoming Webinars

SEP 17 | Register

SEP 23 | Register


Start a Business (Legal and Administrative Steps)
OCT 15 | Register

Preparing Your Pitch
OCT 21 | Register

Government Contracting 101
OCT 28 | | Register

NOV 5 | Register

Financing Your Small Business
NOV 12 | Register


Start a Business (Legal and Administrative Steps)
DEC 3 | Register

DEC 9| Register
Client Testimonial
"I was assigned to Gary Alfano and from our 1st session I knew he was the one to assist me with my business needs! Mr. Alfano was very professional, patient, and knowledgeable regarding the possibility of becoming a vendor for the Federal Government, as well as becoming certified with other agencies that could help my business. Throughout our counseling sessions, there was never a dull moment! His method of teaching/counseling style is OUTSTANDING! He listens to all of my "many" questions, assigns homework, and ends the session with... "It's been a pleasure to assist you. If you any questions, please know that I'm available." THANK YOU FOR CONNECTING ME WITH AN AWESOME COUNSELOR! What a wonderful experience!!!"

Deone McWilliams
Flavor News LLC
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