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...]

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...]

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...]