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Individual Counseling

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  • Meet one-on-one with our experienced business counselors
  • Business Plan, Executive Summary, Capabilities Statement, or other documents required. For resources, visit our Resources page.

Counseling Areas

Business Planning
  • Responding to changing markets
  • Optimizing operations
  • Business Strategy
  • Financial modeling
  • Early-stage financing
  • Cash flow management for profit and long-term success.
  • Marketing strategy
  • Sales/distribution models.

Group Counseling



  • Presented by Bernard Ferret, Mason SBDC Senior Business Counselor and a Serial Entrepreneur. (Learn more about Bernard)
  • The “Starting a Business” Workshop is monthly, and we hold the “Marketing 101” Workshop every 2 months.

Group Counselling Workshops

Starting a Business

Legal and administrative steps to start a business. Prepare your business for the opening day! Learn the following essential steps to start your business:

  • Legal forms of your company
  • Tax registration and filing
  • Naming your company
  • Finance and accounting
  • Employees vs. contractors
  • The basics of a business plan
  • And much more!

Marketing 101 for Start Up Companies

Refresh your knowledge to effectively market your goods or services! Learn the following marketing essentials:

  • How to choose your target group(s) and how to communicate with them.
  • Market definition, market segmentation, and competitive analysis.
  • Company branding as well as online and offline marketing.

Upcoming Group Events

Registration is required.
Existing client? – Please contact us at or (703) 277-7747
New client? – Register here and mention the name of the workshop(s) that you would like to attend in the “Specific Assistance” field.

Starting a Business (Legal & Admin Steps) – Monthly

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 4:00PM – 6:00PM

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 4:00PM – 6:00PM

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 4:00PM – 6:00PM

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 4:00PM – 6:00PM

Marketing 101 – Bi-Monthly

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 4:00PM – 6:00PM

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 4:00PM – 6:00PM