Mason Small

Business Development Center

Providing guidance that will
turn your idea into an enterprise.

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Business Counseling

For over a decade, the Mason Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at George Mason University – Mason Enterprise Center has been assisting small business owners in Northern Virginia.

We assist over 500 local businesses each year. Our team provides over 100 hours of monthly 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.

Mason SBDC is funded through a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Small Business Administration, Virginia SBDC Network, and George Mason University – Mason Enterprise Center. To learn more about our sponsors, visit the About Us page.

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The first step to obtaining services from Mason SBDC is to submit your request online. Once we receive your online request, we will follow-up with you via phone or email to schedule your attendance within 2 business days.


To register for Individual Counseling, please submit your business plan or executive summary. Need resources to help with your business plan or executive summary? Click here.
Counseling is by appointment only, scheduled between Monday – Thursday from 9 AM – 5 PM.

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Individual Counseling

If you already have a developed business plan, you may be eligible for one-on-one business counseling. Counseling is provided in the following areas: marketing, financing, and business planning. Counseling is available by appointment only.

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Group Counseling

Join fellow entrepreneurs in a 2 hour session to learn how to register your business, develop a business plan, and more. Everything you need to know to get to opening day.

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We provide local business owners and entrepreneurs with several internal and external resources which are available through our website and counseling sessions. To learn more, please visit the Resources page.

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