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Mar. 24, 2010
FAIRFAX, Va.,—The Mason Enterprise Center (MEC), a university-based economic development enterprise, is opening a new location in Woodbridge, Va., this month. Due to demand in the eastern end of Prince William County, and the proximity to the Route-1 corridor, specifically the Marine Corps Base Quantico, the new location will allow the MEC to provide significant support to the county’s business population.
A grand opening celebration is planned for Thursday, March 25, 2010 from 4 - 7 p.m.
The new facility, called the Mason Enterprise Center Prince William Woodbridge, will be a small business incubator site and will offer the same services that are currently offered by the MEC at its location on Mason’s Prince William Campus in Manassas. Services offered include seminars on government contracting and technology commercialization, a mentor-protégé program and a procurement technical assistance program.
In addition to offering small business incubator services, the facility will also provide onsite consulting services to veteran-owned and government contracting businesses along the I-95 corridor between Springfield and Fredericksburg.
“It is very important for small, early-stage companies to have support—including office space and professional guidance. The assistance provided by the Mason Enterprise Center gives these entrepreneurs a much better chance of success than going it alone,” says Keith Segerson, managing director of the Mason Enterprise Center. “Mason has been a pioneer in the nurturing of young businesses and has amassed an impressive track record in Virginia. It helps to give businesses a place to grow and without the technical help we provide they would have no lifeline.”
A full-service small business incubator and accelerator program, the MEC offers a variety of programs and consulting services to new and budding businesses as well as an array of classes, seminars and trainings. Each program offered through the MEC is independently funded through the federal government and various grants and contracts.
Offering entrepreneurs a structured office environment to operate their business without large capital start-up expenses, resident firms also benefit from the networking and collaboration opportunities with other in-house companies. The MEC boasts one of the highest business graduation rates in the country, at an average of 83 percent. Companies, that pay to lease the space, may stay for up to two years, with leases that range from one month to one year.
“The Mason Enterprise Center was instrumental in the growth of my company and provided us with access to office-by-office growth without the need to commit to long lease arrangements during the first few years when office space requirements were difficult to determine,” says Robert Gaudian, president of MediaForce PR, who has used MEC facilities since 2005. “Not only were we able to take advantage of all the amenities the MEC supplied but we also took advantage of the opportunity to network with other companies utilizing MEC services and secured business from several of them.”
The MEC operates 38 locations throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia with seven locations in Northern Virginia. The Prince William Woodbridge facility is located at 14059 Crown Court, Woodbridge, Va., 22193 in Prince William Commons. The new facility is a joint venture between Mason; the building owner, Parkway East LLC; I-95 Business Park Management, LLC; and the core tenant, MDA Technologies Group. Businesses and individuals interested in more information about the Mason Enterprise Center’s programs in Prince William County should contact Patricia Peacock, director of the Prince William MEC at 703-993-9415 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Mason Enterprise Center
The Mason Enterprise Center, administered by the School of Public Policy, is a university-based economic development enterprise that focuses the energy, skills and intellectual capital of George Mason University on enterprise creation and expansion. Specializing in the areas of small business services, government contracting, international business, entrepreneurship, technology ventures and telework initiatives, the center offers a unique combination of programs, services and resources. The center also conducts training seminars and conferences addressing a wide range of business issues. For more information, visit www.masonenterprisecenter.org.
About George Mason University
Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University—Where Innovation Is Tradition.