Veterans….Serving those who serve us

This Spring we celebrated the recognition of Fred Wellman as the Virginia Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year.  Part of his journey involves participation on the Veteran Owned Business Executive Roundtable (VOBER), using the Small Business Development Center and support of the Veterans Resource Center at UMW.  Veterans are significant to our regional economy.  Suburban Stats and Vetdata estimate that nearly 10% of those who live in Virginia are veterans. They continue their mission in business, education, government and those things that improve our quality of life.  We are proud that the VOBER helped establish the UMW Veterans Endowment. The purpose of the endowment is to ensure that the men and women who gave through military duty to our country would have resources to grow at the University of Mary Washington.  Help us serve those who have served or continue to serve us through military service by making a gift to the Veterans Endowment. Thank you, Brian J. Baker, Executive … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Jamie Richardson Shares HR Best Practices with UMW VOBER

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Director of Human Resources at Corps Solutions, Jamie Richardson, shared critical lessons with members of the UMW Veteran Owned Business Executive Roundtable at the December meeting. "Managers today are less involved in the work of their employees. Companies need a plan to identify, develop, and continuously engage their employees." 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 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...]

Corps Solutions Achieves Second Inc. Magazine Top 5000 Ranking

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Corps Solutions was noted recently in the Inc. Magazine 5000 as one of the fastest growing U.S. companies. Tom Keogh, CEO and a member of the UMW Veteran Owned Business Roundtable recently shared his success philosophy with us. "Corps Solutions has placed a priority on measured growth since its creation in 2009. Our first priority is our people. We hire people who share our vision for integrity, quality, value and team work. We are a company that promotes from within and that shares its success with every employee." Corps Solutions provides training and support to prepare Department of Defense and U.S. national security clients. The contractor grew 613 percent in the last three years and created 124 jobs. In 2013 Corps Solutions was distinguished as the UMW-CED Veteran Owned Company of the Year, the Virginia SBDC Veteran Owned Company of the Year, and the Stafford County Small Business of the Year. The VOBER is hosted at the UMW Center for Economic Development. … [Read more...]