Mason Enterprise Center Opens New Woodbridge Location
Posted: April 19, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: April 19, 2010 at 9:30 am
By Jennifer Edgerly
The Mason Enterprise Center (MEC), a university-based economic development enterprise that is part of the School of Public Policy, has opened a new location in Woodbridge, Va., in Prince William Commons.
The Mason Enterprise Center Prince William in Woodbridge is a small business incubator site, offering the same services MEC currently offers on Mason’s Prince William Campus in Manassas.
Services include seminars on government contracting and technology commercialization, a mentor-protégé program and a procurement technical assistance program.
The facility also provides on-site consulting services to veteran-owned and government contracting businesses along the I-95 corridor between Springfield and Fredericksburg.
The Mason administration chose the new location because of its proximity to the Route 1 corridor and the Marine Corps Base Quantico. The new facility will allow the MEC to provide significant support to the county’s business population, especially on the eastern end.
“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 MEC.
“It helps to give businesses a place to grow, and without the technical help we provide, they would have no lifeline.”
The MEC offers a variety of programs and consulting services to new and budding businesses, as well as an array of classes, seminars and training opportunities.
Each program offered through the MEC is independently funded through the federal government and various grants and contracts.
The MEC provides 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.
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 MEC boasts one of the highest business graduation rates in the country, at an average of 83 percent.
“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.
“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.
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 may contact Patricia Peacock, director of the Prince William MEC, at 703-993-9415 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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