Mason Small Business Development Center

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Our first post pandemic In-person series is in 2 weeks!
The team is excited and getting ready for you!

Register for the 'Startup Essentials Workshop Series' if you live/operate close to !

Visit - https://masonsbdc.org/startup-manassas/

P.S. - Check out the newly dropped details for Module 1A - Value Proposition Design!
Mason SBDC's latest by Senior Counselor, Mark Julian
'A Few words for focus'
- https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/few-words-focus-mason-sbdc/
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Mason Small Business Development Center Director, Timm Johnson and Senior Business Counselor, Cely Argueta attended the First Annual Procurement Technical Assistance Centers Conference and Matchmaker event by the MD, VA and DC ! The 2-day event (May 23 & 24) is happening at 's Arlington Campus.
As a small business having a 'dashboard' is important for measuring performance. Join us next week if you would like to learn how to build one!

6/1 - Building a Business Performance Dashboard
- Live, No-Cost webinar.
Details - http://ow.ly/Uxpp50JgJU6
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S25VZmzjqk0

**Startup Business Essentials**
A 3-part training series starting June 9th at CenterFuse.
- No-Cost, In-person, for City of Manassas!
Details - https://masonsbdc.org/startup-manassas/
Seats are limited. Grab yours today!

City of Manassas Department of Economic Development
CENTERFUSE
June special training! Mason SBDC counselors will be in Manassas to present classes on important startup basic! See them face-to-face and bring your questions!

Startup Essential Workshop Series
*3 Thursdays (June 9, 16, 23)
*2 hours (7:30- 9:30)
*5 experts
*Location: CenterFuse Coworking space
* AT NO COST TO YOU!!!!

Check out the details & grab your spot! https://masonsbdc.org/startup-manassas/
Attn! , The Mason Small Business Development Center in partnership with CENTERFUSE & City of Manassas Department of Economic Development is offering a 3-part, Startup Essentials Workshop Series in June!

*Classes will be held in person at CenterFuse
*Mason SBDC mentors to lead instruction
*7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
* NO COST!!!!
See details and sign up now! Space is limited.
http://ow.ly/gyr450Jeo1M
We're looking forward to seeing you online at 10 AM eastern tomorrow (May, 19) for the **Marketing 101** webinar!

If you haven't already, register here -http://ow.ly/qjEw50Jboy0

Space is filling up.
Join us live tomorrow.
Bernard Ferret will be presenting!
5 pieces of advice to help early stage founders navigate the months ahead
https://www.fastcompany.com/90752852/advice-to-help-early-stage-founders-navigate-the-months-ahead
Check out these pictures of our lovely Senior Counselor, Cely Argueta and fellow SBDC members at the Economic Forum organized by the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce.

The event was held at the Fairview Park Marriott (Falls Church, VA) this morning.
Follow These Steps to Make Sure Your Business Website Is Indexed on Google
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Don't forget to tune into the Reducing Barriers to Opportunities Webinar Series this Wed, May 18th, 2022, 1 pm-5 pm EDT.

A Mason Small Business Development Center, Virginia PTAC & the U.S. Department of Energy- Office of Economic Impact and Diversity collaboration for minority business enterprise. Register today here! - http://ow.ly/LCPp50J9oNu

Small Business Development Center at George Mason University. Mason SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S.

We provide one-on-one counseling services to small businesses in Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William Counties at no cost to our clients thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. Small Business Administration and George Mason University. All Opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Please visit our website at www.masonsbdc.org for more information and to request counseling.

Photos from Mason Small Business Development Center's post 09/21/2023

The SBA Washington Metropolitan Area District Office celebrated the 70th Anniversary of U.S. Small Business Administration at Compass Coffee on September 20, 2023.

SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman was at the celebration that highlighted the agency’s legacy of success and the fulfillment of its mission to fill gaps in the marketplace, advance our economy, and open the doors of entrepreneurship to every American.

Vijay Vaswani (Director of Mason SBDC Regional Partnerships) took part in celebrations representing the Virginia Small Business Development Center network. He connected with officials from the District Office and partner organizations. He also shared about the SBDC network's services and success with fellow attendees.

US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce EF
Women's Business Center of NoVa a Program of Community Business Partnership

09/20/2023

Navigating the blurred lines between reality and deception is increasingly difficult given recent advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Join us next week (9/27/23) for an engaging live webinar where we delve into the intricate world of cyber threats.

Details - https://ow.ly/H85s50PNWrQ

LinkedIn 09/20/2023

WICT Honoree Awarded to Nicole Nixon, Owner of Listing Central LLC - (Loudoun SBDC client)

Nicole Nixon, CEO & Founder of Listing Central LLC (LC), began her career in telecom in the late 1990s to become the first to develop and achieve subscriber data automation in Verizon’s wholesale systems. In 2005, Nicole became the Subject Matter Expert (SME) of cable subscriber data for Time Warner Cable’s (now Charter Communication’s) more than four million digital phone subscribers. It was during this time Nicole discovered a missing link in the telecommunications industry that validated how seven monopolies controlled subscriber data flow. In 2010, LC was launched to become the eighth independent provider of telecom subscriber data flow in the telecommunications industry. Nicole is the first woman to own a non-network data technology company with the authority to control subscriber data flow in the telecom industry. LC is expanding to support networks beyond fixed telecommunications within the United States and Africa. LC’s continued mission is to create a movement to positively affect the digital divide. The goal is to be a catalyst to inspire change for underserved communities to have access to data not readily available or shared with them today.

See more about the ceremony here - https://lnkd.in/ebMiyke5

SBDC Counselors who have been supporting Nicole's journey: Subodh Nayar and Elis Bonamigo Devlin.

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09/19/2023

Tomorrow! (9/20/23 at 10 AM; ONLINE)
Join 150+ registrants for our no-cost webinar,

* SEO and Social Selling *

Grab your spot here - https://ow.ly/fihE50PNo8v

09/18/2023

Mason SBDC Senior Counselor and Retd. Navy Captain George Siragusa volunteered at the 17th Annual Patriot Cruise and Salute event held to honor our Veterans.

The event celebrates honorees and their families with a day out on the water, followed by great food, drinks, and FUN! This year's event was held at Prince William Marina in Woodbridge, VA on Saturday, Sep 16, 2023.

Photos from Mason Small Business Development Center's post 09/15/2023

"Super and very energetic turnout."
- Senior Counselor, George Siragusa.

George was at the Fall MEGA networking event organized by our partners, the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, held at the Out of the Blue Restaurant in Gainesville, VA, on Sep 14, 2023.

Thank You for stopping by our table!

09/15/2023

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

Check out the upcoming Fiesta Fairfax event by Fairfax County - https://ow.ly/Tgpb50PM84Q

Photos from Mason Small Business Development Center's post 09/14/2023

The 44th Annual SBDC Conference took place last week in Nashville, Tennessee. An average of 1500+ attendees from SBDCs gather yearly to obtain professional development as advisers and celebrate achievements.

This year, the VA SBDC Network is thrilled to have three young leaders picked as winners of the Americas SBDC '40 Under 40' awards.

Vijay Vaswani (Mason SBDC), Chris Van Orden (ICAP) and Angela Kelley, we are proud of you!
The winners were felicitated in a ceremony on September 7th at the conference.

Photos from Mason Small Business Development Center's post 09/13/2023

The Lunch and Learn event at Jimmy's Old Town Tavern was a success today!
Vijay Vaswani was a guest speaker at the Dulles Regional Chamber Of Commerce event.

Start a Business (Legal & Administrative Steps) - *Webinar (Live)* - PW 09/13/2023

9/14/23 (Tomorrow!) at 10 AM
**Start a Business (Legal and Administrative Steps)**

Join this no-cost webinar to learn about legal entities, tax classifications, implications, and other administrative steps to start a business.
Details -

Start a Business (Legal & Administrative Steps) - *Webinar (Live)* - PW Co-sponsor(s) & Partner(s): Prince William County Department of Economic Development & Prince William Chamber of Commerce

Why Customer Reviews Are Important for Small Businesses—And How You Can Make the Most of Them 09/12/2023

Why Customer Reviews Are Important for Small Businesses—And How You Can Make the Most of Them

Why Customer Reviews Are Important for Small Businesses—And How You Can Make the Most of Them Nearly 95% of consumers read online reviews before making a purchase. Here's what small businesses should know about getting great customer reviews and managing not-so-great ones.

Mason SBDC: Your Small Business Support & Resource - Part of Networking Wednesday Lunch & Learn 09/12/2023

▶️ Check out the Dulles Regional Chamber's Lunch & Learn event tomorrow, Sep 13, 2023, at 11:30 AM.

▶️ Enjoy delicious food at Jimmy's Old Town Tavern while hearing about services from guest speaker Vijay Vaswani, Director of Regional Partnerships.

▶️ Details:

Mason SBDC: Your Small Business Support & Resource - Part of Networking Wednesday Lunch & Learn Come Join Us for our Inaugural Networking Wednesday Lunch & Learn Vijay Vaswani, Director of Mason SBDC Regional Partnerships will be our guest speaker Lunch: Jimmy's Famous Buffalo Platter (wings and pierogies), salad, dessert, beverage

09/11/2023

Information related to administrative setup, tax classification, legal entity and other questions related to starting a business are being addressed this week.

Attend the no-cost webinar on Sep 14, 2023 at 10 AM
Details - https://ow.ly/OcA850PKf8k

12 Smart Search Engine Marketing Tips to Put Your Website on the Map 09/08/2023

12 Smart Search Engine Marketing Tips to Put Your Website on the Map

12 Smart Search Engine Marketing Tips to Put Your Website on the Map Twelve young entrepreneurs offer their best strategies for optimizing a business's website and competing for traffic online.

LinkedIn 09/07/2023

Catch 𝐕𝐢𝐣𝐚𝐲 𝐕𝐚𝐬𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐢 𝘔𝘗𝘗, 𝘉𝘚𝘔 at next week's Lunch and Learn event at Jimmy's Old Town Tavern, organized by Dulles Regional Chamber Of Commerce.

If you are an aspiring or existing business owner, attend this event to hear about the no-cost services that Mason SBDC offers.

Have a delicious bite and network with fellow attendees from the business community!

Date & Time: September 13, 2023 at 11:30 AM
More details - https://lnkd.in/e4gCs92S

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09/07/2023

You're moving your idea to a business at speed now.
Don't let startup legal and administrative questions slow your roll.

Join us next week, on Sep 14th at 10 AM, for a no-cost webinar to get all your setup questions answered. Details- https://ow.ly/5rEZ50PIToI

09/01/2023

Wishing you a Happy, Restful, and Safe Labor Day from the Mason SBDC team!

Our offices will be closed on Monday, September 4th, 2023.

09/01/2023

Hello September!
Here's what we are discussing this month with our experts. Grab your spot.
Take your business a step ahead...

9/6 - Building Your Business Performance Dashboard Metrics - https://ow.ly/824h50PGUAr

9/14 -Start a Business (Legal and Administrative Steps) - https://ow.ly/joCq50PGUAp

9/20 - SEO and Social Selling - https://ow.ly/nzC350PGUAt

9/27 - Unmasking the Threat: How Hackers Exploit AI to Target Small Business Owners -https://ow.ly/ZRaN50PGUAs

What is Peer to Peer Lending? 08/31/2023

What is Peer to Peer Lending?
https://ow.ly/AoV050PGmGG

(Source:.smallbiztrends.com)

What is Peer to Peer Lending? Peer to peer lending could be a good loan option for your business. Find out what peer to peer lending is and everything else you need to know.

08/30/2023

Measure your business performance using dashboards.
Want to know how to build one and what to measure? Join us for a webinar on Sep 06 at 10 AM after the Labor Day break.

Learn more here - https://ow.ly/4JW250PFZqx

Photos from Mason Small Business Development Center's post 08/28/2023

Discussing the latest trends in construction technology and making connections.

Mason SBDC's Vijay Vaswani was at the Construction Technology Networking Happy Hour held at the CIRCA (Foggy Bottom) on August 24, 2023, making connections with the community.

WordPress.com: Build a Site, Sell Your Stuff, Start a Blog & More 08/25/2023

https://ow.ly/j3eP50PEuqV Offers Free Google Domain Transfers Amidst Squarespace Acquisition
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08/23/2023

AI advancements have made it challenging to distinguish reality from deception.
Join our live webinar on Sep 27, 2023, where we discuss the intricate world of cyber threats.

Strengthen Your Defenses: Learn effective strategies to safeguard your company against AI-fueled scams.

Details - ow.ly/yVe350PClSZ

These Little-Known Small Business Tax Credits and Incentives Can Help You Reach Your Goals 08/22/2023

These Little-Known Small Business Tax Credits and Incentives Can Help You Reach Your Goals
https://ow.ly/K5Mw50PC4oA

These Little-Known Small Business Tax Credits and Incentives Can Help You Reach Your Goals Nothing is certain except death and taxes. But did you know that the government offers a range of credits in return for taxes that your business pays?

Building Your Value Proposition Design (VPD) - *Webinar (Live)* - PW 08/22/2023

[webinar] Advance your Value Proposition Design (VPD) to the next level tomorrow.
Hear about the basics and benefits while going over the building process of a VPD.

Details -

Building Your Value Proposition Design (VPD) - *Webinar (Live)* - PW Please join Senior Business Counselor, and Adjunct GMU Professor George Siragusa, as he guides you through a step-by-step process of building your Value Proposition Design which is invaluable to startups, early stage companies, growth, or even mature businesses!

White House National Cyber Director requests feedback on open-source software security 08/21/2023

Source: Fedscoop.com

White House National Cyber Director requests feedback on open-source software security
(Responses due Oct 9, 2023; 5 p.m.)
https://ow.ly/Bb4h50PBz4g

White House National Cyber Director requests feedback on open-source software security Officials are calling on private industry, as well as other stakeholders, to provide information about potential policy solutions.

How to Get Ready for Your First Entrepreneurial Crisis 08/18/2023

How to Get Ready for Your First Entrepreneurial Crisis

How to Get Ready for Your First Entrepreneurial Crisis Here are the steps to prepare for your first entrepreneurial crisis. Learn strategies to navigate challenges and emerge stronger.

08/18/2023

Establish and communicate marketplace value for your service or product with the help of a Value Proposition Design.

The VPD framework enables businesses to develop and solidify their foundational ideas. Join us on Aug 23 at 10 AM for step-by-step guidance to build one.

See more here
- https://ow.ly/tOXh50PAVmt

25 Types of Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses - Which Ones Do You Use? 08/16/2023

25 Types of Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses – Which Ones Do You Use?
https://ow.ly/wJJS50PzuML

25 Types of Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses - Which Ones Do You Use? There are many approaches available to promote your company and products. Here are 25 types of marketing strategies for small business to consider.

08/16/2023

Tomorrow (August 17, 2023), join 100+ registrants for the Mason SBDC webinar-
'Marketing 101'

Join us to learn the basics of marketing with Bernard Ferret.
Details - https://ow.ly/qUhh50PzUfl

08/15/2023

is coming! We want to see wear GREEN and GOLD on 9/1!
💚💛 You can receive a FREE Mason rally towel when you purchase branded merch at the bookstore on College Colors Day while supplies last. Follow WEAR MASON.

Claim a FREE tote bag from the table in front of the from 11 AM – 2 PM.

08/14/2023

This week (8/17/23) - Understand your target market, run a competitive analysis, and connect with your customer!
We cover this and more in the no-cost webinar -
'Marketing 101'
Details - https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=110430025

Virginia Black Business Expo | August 2023 | DMV's Largest Black Business Expo 08/09/2023

The Virginia Black Business Expo takes place at Fredericksburg, VA, from August 11-14. Take a look at the line-up and events here.

Virginia Black Business Expo | August 2023 | DMV's Largest Black Business Expo The Virginia Black Business Expo is a multi-day event dedicated to providing business growth and exposure to minority-owned businesses from throughout Washington, DC., Maryland and Virginia (DMV) through shopping, networking opportunities, relationship building, live demonstrations and business educ...

08/09/2023

Mason SBDC Director of Regional Partnerships, 𝐕𝐢𝐣𝐚𝐲 𝐕𝐚𝐬𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐢, 𝘔𝘗𝘗, 𝘉𝘚𝘔 is a winner of the '40 under 40' award by Americas SBDC. Congratulations Vijay!

Vijay shares this honor with 2 more exceptional young leaders selected from the Virginia SBDC network, Chris Van Orden and Angela Kelley! The "40 under 40" award winners demonstrate exceptional business acumen, innovative thinking, and commitment to driving growth and success for the small business community.

The organizers will hold a reception for this year's winners on Thursday, September 5th at the Ga***rd Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee, during the 44th Annual America's SBDC Conference..

Congratulations Chris, Angela and Vijay!

08/09/2023

Want to feel more in control by understanding ?

Join our Director and resident financial expert, Timm JohnsonToday (Aug 9, 2023) at 10 AM for a webinar that covers the basics and essentials! AT NO COST to you!

Spots open - https://ow.ly/IVV450PvMrm

Chamber Connect August 2023 08/04/2023

The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has the following upcoming events for the small business community.

▶️Moving Business Forward (Aug 10)
-https://web.gwhcc.org/events/Chamber-Connect-August-2023-1546/details

▶️Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off Celebration (Sep 1)
-https://web.gwhcc.org/events/Hispanic-Heritage-Month-Kick-Off-1550/details

▶️Success Tools and Strategies for Small Business (Webinar Series - Sep 6, 13, 20)
- https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EsmppOEHRjuL7fwE0IvmcA

▶️Savor the Night...Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration (Sep 21)
-https://web.gwhcc.org/events/Savor-the-Night-Hispanic-Heritage-Celebration-1453/details

Chamber Connect August 2023 Join us for our monthly networking series Chamber Connect. This month we are partnering with the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and neXco National.

Photos from Mason Small Business Development Center's post 08/04/2023

Mason Small Business Development Center client Mr. Dale Ferguson (CEO of Semper Sky, LLC) recently received a promotion to the position of Major in the Marine Corps.

Senior Counselor Subodh Nayar was invited to attend the ceremony held at the Leatherneck Gallery of the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

Congratulations on your promotion, Major!
We are honored to be of support.

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Our Story

We provide one-on-one counseling services and training to small businesses in Fairfax County, Arlington County, Prince William County, and Richmond at no cost to our clients thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. Mason SBDC is funded through a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Virginia SBDC Network, and George Mason University – Mason Enterprise Center, Manassas City EDA, and Prince William County Economic Development Authority.

Please visit our website at www.masonsbdc.org for more information and to request counseling. You can reach us at (703) 277-7747 and [email protected]


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