Press Release






           Fredericksburg, Va. – The University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center announced a partnership with Rappahannock Community College to provide an educational program to Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula micro-entrepreneurs. The partnership is one of 10 recognized nationwide.

            The program, Hewlett Packard Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP-LIFE), will include the computer and software technologies necessary to provide ongoing training. Training sessions will be offered beginning in February 2012 at Rappahannock Community College’s Kilmarnock campus and at the UMW Small Business Development Center’s Warsaw office.

            “We are extremely honored to have been chosen to provide the HP-LIFE program and given the opportunity to present the technology to our small business community,” said Joy Corprew, director of the Warsaw office of the Small Business Development Center.

            “Rappahannock Community College is delighted to partner with the University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center to expand the availability of its resources,” said Cissy Crowther, president of Rappahannock Community College. “This mission is particularly important to the College and the region.”

            The HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs is a global program that trains students, potential entrepreneurs and small business owners to harness the power of technology to establish and grow their businesses. The program uses face-to-face training sessions and online tools to address the educational needs of students, regardless of backgrounds, locations or circumstances. HP-LIFE has more than 340 partner organizations in more than 45 countries around the world. UMW’s Small Business Development Center is one of 20 “LIFE training centers” in the United States.

The University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center is a resource center that provides assistance to the small business community via management training, industrial and demographic research and confidential one-on-one consulting with a focus on capital access and management planning. The center has offices in Stafford and Warsaw.



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News release prepared by: Brynn Boyer