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...]

UMW student James Rives Polishes His Business Skills at Achieve-it, LLC

Spring 2016 graduate James Rives has been building his resume with Eagleworks client Achieve-it, LLC since October of 2015. Achieve-it provides permanent staff and project recruiting for various industries in the Northern Virginia area. James has been working on the front-end of this process "sourcing" or looking for candidates for open positions for Achieve-it clients. Upon graduation with a BA in English, James is looking to possibly stay on full-time with Achieve-it. As you would expect from an English major, James is interested in "writing and poetry" and is thinking of trying his hand as a free lance writer at some point in the future. The Eagleworks Business Incubation Center is a program of the UMW Center for Economic Development. For more information on Eagleworks please access UMWEagleworks.org. … [Read more...]

UMW Small Business Development Center is hosting First Thursdays with the SBA on February 4, 2016

Grab your lunch and join us the first Thursday of each month to learn more about SBA programs and network with other small business owners.  James Williams, Lead Economic Development Specialist with the SBA will join the UMWSBDC on February 4th for this month’s topic “Encore Entrepreneurship.”  A growing number of workers age 50-plus are turning interests, hobbies or skills into a small business. Whether you are interested in starting a small business right away or are intending to wait until after retirement, now is the time to explore the possibilities. Whether your target market is global or just your neighborhood, the SBA and its Resource Partners can help at every stage of turning your entrepreneurial dream into a thriving business. There will be a featured topic each month followed by specific or general questions and discussion.  To register, visit … [Read more...]