January 2020 | GoStaffordVa.com
Our economic development efforts include seeking ways to foster and encourage entrepreneurship. Together with public and private partners, we hope to cultivate innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, and attract business investment across all industry sectors - from Cybersecurity to Distribution Centers.  As the new decade begins, our partners in business and education are laser focused on cyber education, training, workforce, and entrepreneurship. Some programs and initiatives we want to share with you and highlight include:

Germanna's Cybersecurity program consists of several components:  Career Studies Certificate for those who already have a degree and are seeking specialization, an AAS Program for incoming freshmen seeking a career in Cybersecurity, and Industry Certifications for those currently in the industry. Their AAS degrees include Cybersecurity, Networking, and Information Systems Technology. Each of these degrees has a cyber defense focus and transferable to many four-year institutions. 
UMW launched a new cybersecurity certification program - the only one of its kind in the Fredericksburg region. It will enable UMW to offer a 12-week, 40-hour noncredit program to prepare  Certified Information Systems Security Professionals (CISSP) for successful exam completion. The initiative represents a collaborative effort between UMW, community colleges, Fredericksburg and Stafford County Economic Development Authorities, King George County and regional businesses.

The Quantico Cyber Hub, located in the Quantico Corporate Center just outside the back gate of Marine Corps Base Quantico, opened its doors on October 26th, 2019. The Hub was built to house the Cyber Bytes Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, the Cyber Bytes Academy (CBA) and their membership organization, the American Cyber League (ACL). The Foundation hosts monthly "Cyber Bytes" to share ideas and provide networking-the next Cyber Bytes is January 23rd.

Coursework in the cybersecurity technology master's degree program features emerging topics and projects that develop the skills and knowledge employers are seeking. It also provides the opportunity to interact with employers through conferences and recruitment and networking events.
GCubed is a veteran-owned 8(a) business with defense, civilian, and commercial past performance. Areas of expertise include network engineering, cybersecurity, and program management. Headquartered in Stafford, Virginia, GCubed's portfolio includes 10 prime contracts and two subcontracts across the greater National Capital Region. 
GCubed CEO & Founder Vernon Green Jr. conducts frequent  business roundtables focused on business and leadership consultation sessions for rising entrepreneurs and small business owners. These meetings emphasize learning "the next level" of business strategy to strengthen and expand their businesses. Opportunities to network at each roundtable add additional value to gain other business owner's insights and experiences.

Stafford Led-Regional Cyber & Smart  IoT Technology:
Stafford County EDA, in partnership with our regional economic development partners and private businesses, are developing a regional initiative focused on entrepreneurship using the Internet of Things (IoT). This initiative is focused on Cyber and Smart IoT Technologies that will foster entrepreneurship development in all sectors across the region. In Stafford, we believe, this initiative will build upon the above programs and focuses on our competitive location as the center of cyber and our plans for a Smart Downtown Stafford. We are seeking regional input, support, and a GoVirginia grant to launch this initiative.

What's Next Showcase of ACES

View our full list of articles
Warehouse For Lease 
39 Sage Lane
Stafford, VA 22405
- 17,400 SF warehouse and 5,400 SF office
- Potential for both expansion and multiple tenants
-   Zoned M-1 Light Industrial
-  400 Amp electrical  power, water and sewer on site
- Adjacent to both Interstate 95 and Route 1
- Signage opportunity on Interstate 95
Business Training Opportunities 
Germanna Community College 
Start Date: February 4   
Having a presence on social media is an integral part of marketing your business.  Your customers are already on Facebook and your business should be there too!  However, simply having a Facebook presence is only the beginning.  In this class, you will learn how to create and customize your business Facebook page, build your valuable readership, sell your "likeability," leverage your business, and engage readers.  
Germanna Community College
Start date: February 11

As the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world, the U.S. Government has created numerous compliance obligations.  This course will provide students with a foundational understanding of federal contracting, False Claims Act violations, risks, opportunities, and 10 best compliance practices.  Students will gain a unique understanding of what makes federal contracting compliance successful, how to recognize and mitigate conflicts of interests, and how to use various contracting compliance tools.  
University of Mary Washington Continuing & Professional Studies 
Tuesday, February 11, 9am-4pm 
This course introduces participants to this key attributes of the generations currently in the workforce and provides strategies for managing and communicating across such divides, whether real or perceived. 
Business & Professional Writing I and Default
G ermanna Community College
Start Date:  February 13 
Participants in the class will reinforce how to write effective sentences and to make their writing vigorous, direct, and to the point. This class provides the student with resources and skills that can be immediately applied in the business or government environment.    
Stafford County Economic Development & Tourism | 540-658-8681 [email protected] | 1300 Courthouse Road
P.O. Box 339
Stafford, VA 22555