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...]

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...]