UMW VOBER Member Recognized as Virginia Small Business Veteran of the Year

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Mr. Fred Wellman, (LTC-ret.) CEO and Founder of ScoutComms B-Corp, was recognized for the Virginia Small Business Veteran of the Year achievement at the 2016 Veterans in Business Conference. A graduate of West Point and the Kennedy School at Harvard University, Fred launched ScoutComms as a premier communications, advocacy and philanthropic strategy firm focused entirely on supporting veterans, military families and the organizations that empower them. He noted,"I wanted to make a difference. The way we approach advocacy for our veterans is made more real by our Benefit Corporation status. It represents a transparency and accountability that inspires how we do business. It is how we can influence a movement." During his over twenty years in the Army, Wellman served as an officer in aviation and public affairs. He founded ScoutComms in November 2010 upon recognizing the lack of military veterans in the public relations agency sector. His professional clients have included, and include, … [Read more...]

Brian Baker Elected to Fredericksburg Regional Chamber Board

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Brian Baker, Executive Director of the Center for Economic Development, was elected to the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for a three-year term that began on January 1, 2016. He has been an active member at the Chamber since 2002. During that time he has served roles on the Strategic Planning Committee, facilitated Board strategic planning, Finance Committee, the strategic visioning committee, the small business planning committee, the Leadership Fredericksburg Advisory Board, Mentor Cabinet Chair, and served as a Leadership Fredericksburg mentor since 2008 . In 2011 he was recognized as an honorary fellow of Leadership Fredericksburg. Learn more about the UMW Center for Economic Development at economicdevelopment.umw.edu/ . … [Read more...]

Lisa Hull, Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator at the Northern Neck Planning District Commission, Applauds New Northern Neck Enterprise Center

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The new Northern Neck Enterprise Center is a multi-use business incubation facility. Clients benefit from private office and conference space as well as technical assistance and training through the University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center-Warsaw Office. Lisa Hull shared at a recent partnership meeting with staff from the Center for Economic Development, "The Northern Neck Enterprise Center is part of an overall strategy of the Northern Neck Chesapeake Bay Region Partnership to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Northern Neck. It supports businesses in the early stages of organization to maximize chances of business success." For more information on the Warsaw SBDC visit economicdevelopment.umw.edu/sbdc/ . … [Read more...]

Warsaw SBDC Director Joy Corprew Elected Board Member of the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce

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Warsaw SBDC Director Joy Corprew was elected as a Board Member of the Warsaw-Richmond County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber serves as the voice of the business community to the government, town council, supervisors and state legislature. Joy has been a regular speaker at Chamber meetings through the years and has been an active member since 2003. She has conducted several presentations at the Chamber on services provided by the UMW SBDC, available business classes, and the HP LIFE Entrepreneurial Curriculum. Joy states " I find it an honor to have been elected a board member of the Warsaw-Richmond County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has a lot planned for 2016 and I am looking forward to working with them in order to support our small businesses." For more information on the Warsaw SBDC please visit economicdevelopment.umw.edu/sbdc/ . … [Read more...]

Professional Services Providers Appreciation Breakfast at the UMW Center for Economic Development

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The University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has hosted a program utilizing volunteer business professionals since May of 2011.  Known as the Professional Services Center, it provided area business owners with an opportunity to get valuable information from a field expert.  These professionals have donated their time to giving advice on procurement, financing, legal issues, real estate, and marketing.  Professional Services volunteers were recognized recently at a "Program Future" event at the UMW Center for Economic Development.  Brian Baker, CED executive director,  remarked, "We are proud to recognize your generosity and contributions to the region's small businesses.  The giving of your knowledge helped many companies grow and prosper."  242 area businesses benefited from the service from 2011-2015.     Honorees included (pictured above) Terri Tosti (SONA Bank), Debby Girvan (Flair Communications), Lamont Brown (Infinex Investments), Geary Rogers … [Read more...]

Bill McAvinney presents at the January Veteran Owned Small Business Executive Roundtable

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Bill McAvinney met with VOBER members at the January meeting to discuss how employee retention, business continuity and estate strategies can assure business valuation and succession potential. There was particular attention to topics relevant for Federal contracting firms. McAvinney noted, "Contractors struggle with balancing their direct and indirect cost allocations with their ability to retain good employees and make a profit." He further shared that business continuity requires executives to work on their companies but also build the case for succession. "Good planning improves management succession and retirement value for business owners." The Veteran Owned Business Executive Roundtable at the UMW Center for Economic Development is a peer advisory group that engages business owners for purposes of learning new approaches and solutions to business problems and challenges. Learn more at economicdevelopment.umw.edu/ . … [Read more...]

UMW Students Perform Cluster Analysis for Fredericksburg VA Main Street Inc.

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On Thursday, December 10th with guest Ann Glave of Fredericksburg VA Main Street Inc. in attendance students Emily Desgrosseilliers, Hannah Lynde, Brian Christiansen,  Ilana Deigh, and Megan Reed presented their findings. The presentation included a Cluster Analysis of downtown Fredericksburg in which demand and supply data for downtown industry clusters were statistically compared for correlation of downtown retail sales with national consumer buying habits. To learn more about the CED Office of Regional Initiatives please go to economicdevelopment.umw.edu/center-for-regional-initiatives/. … [Read more...]

UMW Students Research Regional Heritage Tourism

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Students in UMW Professor Chris Garcia's Applied Statistics and Business Research class routinely work with the Center for Economic Development and local businesses doing statistical analysis to support strategic planning, marketing, and other business decisions. Lauren Goetz, Seth Dorman, Mike Woo, and Jackie Johnston performed an Economic Base Analysis using economic base indicators in a heritage tourism context for a Fredericksburg Historic Preservation Initiative. Project clients, Michael Spencer (Assistant Professor & Director of the Center for Historic Preservation at UMW), Anne Darron (Executive Director of the Washington Heritage Museums), and Scott Harris (Director of the James Monroe Museum) attended the student presentation which was followed by discussion. Professor Spencer stated, "The data presented set the stage for future studies regarding the economics of preservation within the Fredericksburg region and in many instances brought up new questions and presented … [Read more...]

Fred Wellman, CEO of ScoutComms and VOBER Member, Recognized by Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce

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UMW Veteran Owned Business Executive Round Table (VOBER) member ScoutComms helps to empower veterans and their families by helping them communicate their needs and helping them find resources. They work with veterans locally and nationally and have worked on programs for the military community including leading the 'Get Skills to Work' initiative with GE. VOBER is hosted at the UMW Center for Economic Development . … [Read more...]

UMW Small Business Development Center Partners with Middlesex County, Virginia

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On December 10th, Joy Corprew, Director of the University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center in Warsaw, met with the Middlesex Partners in Progress Council to discuss expanding services for the Middlesex County small business community. Among attendees were representatives from the community including Frances Kenyear (Youth Services Case Manager at Rappahannock Community College-Glenns Campus). Ms. Kenyear is interested in working with the University of Mary Washington SBDC and said "I am happy that such a valuable resource is going to be available to the citizens of Middlesex County." Learn more on the SBDC at SBDC-UMW.com. … [Read more...]