There are plenty of resources and programs offered by Mason SBDC and our partners. Whether you are just starting a business, managing an existing business, or looking to grow your company, you can find important information for every stage of your business.
The State Corporation Commission is a state agency with regulatory authority over many business and economic interests in Virginia. Created in 1902, its powers are outlined in the state constitution and state law. These include regulation of public utilities, insurance, state-chartered financial institutions, securities, retail franchising, and railroads. It is also the state’s central filing office for corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability companies and Uniform Commercial Code liens. You can find more information here.
Partners with a wide variety of small business organizations to provide you with information on writing a business plan, taxes, permits, licensing, marketing, financing and just about anything else you’ll need to know to start or grow your business in Arlington. You can find more information here.
The Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce aims to help its members maximize their business opportunities and make our community the most “business friendly environment” possible. You can find more information here.
The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority helps businesses — of all sizes, from diverse backgrounds and from all over the world — thrive with market intelligence, site selection assistance and business investment services. You can find more information here.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. You can find more information here.
The U.S. Copyright Office promotes creativity and free expression by administering the nation’s copyright laws and by providing impartial, expert advice on copyright law and policy for the benefit of all. You can find more information here.
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are highly competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) with the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR and STTR enable small businesses to explore their technological potential and provide the incentive to profit from its commercialization. You can find more information here.
From traditional small incubation programs to “offices by the day” to virtual services, the Mason Enterprise Center in Leesburg offers professional furnished office space, meeting rooms, and shared services. In a bustling, entrepreneurial environment, companies are connected to resources, business coaches, and to each other. Far more than just usable space, this environment provides unique opportunities to network with and learn from other entrepreneurs, as well as their trained staff. You can find more information here.
The Mason Enterprise Center offers a unique combination of programs, services, and resources for entrepreneurs of all experience levels – aspiring, start-up and established. Though they have vast capabilities in all facets of business, they are particularly focused in the areas of small business services, incubation and acceleration, government contracting, international business, entrepreneurship, technology ventures, and telework initiatives. You can find more information here.
Community Business Partnership is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization working in collaboration with a number of local, regional and national organizations to promote small business growth in in Fairfax County and beyond. You can find more information here.
Headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, the Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) offers multiple locations and partners with local public and private organizations to offer counseling and training close to their clients. You can find more information here.
Based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ program for Lean Startups, ICAP helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market. ICAP includes FREE training programs and counseling services offered through ICAP instructors and local SBDC counselors. ICAP helps startups identify potential customers and develop successful business models based on that knowledge. It is an ideal program for early-stage companies trying to prepare for eventual venture investment. You can find more information here.
The Virginia SBDC International Business Development Program works with established firms to enhance their global success. Their certified global business professionals provide confidential counseling, training, and customized research to help companies mitigate risk, prioritize marks, identify financing, and grow export sales. You can find more information here.
The Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation works university-wide to strengthen and develop programs, integrate curriculum, and provide resources tailored to the needs of the Mason community. Creating a culture of collaboration among various university deparments, schools and colleges, and administrative units, their team works to achieve the shared goal of growing and sustaining Mason’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.. You can find more information here.
Candid provides counseling, training, resources, and support for non-profit organizations in the hopes of creating a social sector capable of tackling the critical challenges and opportunities of our time. The staff at Candid are curious about the world around them and bring excellent technical, analytical, and interpersonal skills. You can find more information here.
Virginia Career Works – Northern is a team of private and public sector partners who share a common goal-to promote Northern Virginia economic prosperity and long-term growth. The board receives and administers annual Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) dollars that help fund comprehensive employment and training services to area employers, job seekers and youth. Please find more information here.
Community Business Partnership Loans
The Community Business Partnership (CBP) is lending money to promising small businesses that are unable to secure financing through traditional means. Please view a one-pager containing the different loan funds here. Find more information about loans on their website here.
The Helping Hands Loan Fund is targeted to help low-to-moderate income individuals attain self-sufficiency through entrepreneurship. This fund has the potential to help individuals, especially women, develop self-sufficiency through micro-enterprise development, which then helps to boost the local economy.
The main uses for this loan are purchases of equipment, purchases of inventory, and hiring of support. Spending the money on other startup expenses is also encouraged.
Please learn more about the eligibility requirements, terms and conditions here.