Mason Enterprise Center - Leesburg/Loudoun

Mason Enterprise Center - Leesburg/Loudoun Small business & entrepreneur development center and incubator serving Loudoun County, VA, with no-cost, unbias advising & education programs, and flexible work space.
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Part of GMU's economic development efforts we help grow businesses to the next level. A small business incubator and development center in downtown Leesburg, VA fostering the growth of companies through affordable, professional office and meeting space, shared services, expert training & mentoring, and connections to other entrepreneurs & the community. As part of George Mason University, we work

Part of GMU's economic development efforts we help grow businesses to the next level. A small business incubator and development center in downtown Leesburg, VA fostering the growth of companies through affordable, professional office and meeting space, shared services, expert training & mentoring, and connections to other entrepreneurs & the community. As part of George Mason University, we work

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Meet our client: The Difference Baker. The Difference Baker is a certified gluten, peanut, tree nut, soy, fish and crust...
04/21/2021
The Difference Baker | Gluten-Free Bakery & Shared Kitchen

Meet our client: The Difference Baker.

The Difference Baker is a certified gluten, peanut, tree nut, soy, fish and crustacean-free bakery, bistro and shared kitchen space. Founder Alyssa Sobecki wanted to bring a safe dining experience to the local area.

Acquiring and opening a shared kitchen space was an involved process, including permits, licensing and other regulations. Sobeski went to the Loudoun SBDC for help. “Eric Byrd put me in touch with many people within the county and the health department,” she says. “As a result of working with the SBDC, we were prepared and able to pass all our inspections the first time,” says Sobeski.

Need help to navigate a challenge in your business? Reach out for your no-cost consultation with our business advisors: www.loudounsbdc.com/get-started/. Learn more about Difference Baker by visiting their web site, https://thedifferencebaker.com/.

The Difference Baker is a Certified Gluten-Free Bakery, Bistro and Shared Kitchen Space in Loudoun County, Virginia opening Fall of 2019.

1 Million Cups meets tomorrow (Wed 4/21) at 9 a.m. ET. Come and hear from Cannabreeze Hemp, a veteran-owned, Virginia-gr...
04/20/2021
Loudoun County, VA Event for Entrepreneurs | 1MillionCups.com

1 Million Cups meets tomorrow (Wed 4/21) at 9 a.m. ET. Come and hear from Cannabreeze Hemp, a veteran-owned, Virginia-grown, "seed to sale" Hemp Farm and company.

Would you like to share your business idea and get valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs and experts? You can present at an upcoming 1 Million Cups- learn more: https://www.1millioncups.com/loudoun

Join our weekly Zoom meetings, Wednesday at 9 am. Connect with entrepreneurs and advisors about your business idea or challenge.

Happening tomorrow (Tuesday 4/20) at the Loudoun SBDC:SuperPitch training: Putting the Punch in Your Pitch, 2-4 p.m.  ht...
04/19/2021
Starting Your Business Class April 2021 | Loudoun SBDC

Happening tomorrow (Tuesday 4/20) at the Loudoun SBDC:

SuperPitch training: Putting the Punch in Your Pitch, 2-4 p.m. https://loudounsbdc.com/event/putting-punch-in-your-pitch/

Starting a Business Class, 11:30 a.m.- 1p.m. https://loudounsbdc.com/event/starting-your-business-class-april-2021/

Maybe you have people ready to buy your products, or customers ready to sign up for your services, but you’re not sure how to start getting paid. You may have an idea what your concept is but you’re not sure if it will make a profitable company. Navigating the ins and outs of creating a business...

Mark your calendar for the Loudoun Small Business Week Virtual Mini-Conference- Focusing on Recovery!Day/Time: May 3, 20...
04/16/2021

Mark your calendar for the Loudoun Small Business Week Virtual Mini-Conference- Focusing on Recovery!
Day/Time: May 3, 2021 from 8:30am - 1:00pm
Cost: NO COST

The Loudoun SBDC is celebrating Small Business Week through this exciting, virtual one-day mini-conference focused on small business recovery. Join us to learn, network and grow your business through panel discussions with local business experts, educational sessions, and networking.

Learn more and register: https://loudounsbdc.com/mini-conference-2021/

Mark your calendar for the Loudoun Small Business Week Virtual Mini-Conference- Focusing on Recovery!
Day/Time: May 3, 2021 from 8:30am - 1:00pm
Cost: NO COST

The Loudoun SBDC is celebrating Small Business Week through this exciting, virtual one-day mini-conference focused on small business recovery. Join us to learn, network and grow your business through panel discussions with local business experts, educational sessions, and networking.

Learn more and register: https://loudounsbdc.com/mini-conference-2021/

Our SuperPitch Online Training Series continues weekly on Tuesdays! Did you miss the first two sessions? Don't worry- re...
04/14/2021
SuperPitch 2021 | Loudoun SBDC

Our SuperPitch Online Training Series continues weekly on Tuesdays! Did you miss the first two sessions? Don't worry- replays are available here:

What's Your Super Power?
https://loudounsbdc.com/superpower-replay

Telling Your Fantastic Tale Replay
https://loudounsbdc.com/fantastic-replay

Catch us LIVE next Tuesday 4/20 for Putting the Punch in Your Pitch. Get more info and register: https://loudounsbdc.com/superpitch-2021/

SuperPitch Online Training Series Create a heroic pitch for your small business with these four online classes. Develop Your Skills and Pitch like a Super Hero! Preparing for the Loudoun Innovation Challenge Grant application? Looking to pitch to an investor? Want to create an online video to draw i...

Small businesses are true super heroes! Create a heroic pitch for you business by attending our four online classes, eve...
04/09/2021

Small businesses are true super heroes! Create a heroic pitch for you business by attending our four online classes, every Tuesday in April, 2-4 p.m. ET. Coming up this Tuesday 4/13: Telling Your Fantastic Tale.
Register for one or all of these no-cost sessions, led by Eric Byrd, Manager, Loudoun SBDC: https://loudounsbdc.com/superpitch-2021/

Small businesses are true super heroes! Create a heroic pitch for you business by attending our four online classes, every Tuesday in April, 2-4 p.m. ET. Coming up this Tuesday 4/13: Telling Your Fantastic Tale.
Register for one or all of these no-cost sessions, led by Eric Byrd, Manager, Loudoun SBDC: https://loudounsbdc.com/superpitch-2021/

Starting TODAY (Tues. 4/6), the lending limit Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) will increase to 24-months of econom...
04/06/2021
Disaster assistance

Starting TODAY (Tues. 4/6), the lending limit Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) will increase to 24-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000. Learn more:
https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.

The NOVA Technology Loan Fund helps minority/people of color entrepreneurs in the technology industry located in Norther...
04/02/2021
Financing | Community Business Partnership of Springfield, VA

The NOVA Technology Loan Fund helps minority/people of color entrepreneurs in the technology industry located in Northern Virginia who are suffering substantial economic injury because of Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It is a revolving loan fund initially funded through donations made by Freedom Bank and Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC). Applications are open! Learn more and apply: https://cbponline.org/loans/

At CBP's Business Finance Center, we make a difference in people's lives by lending to promising small businesses that are unable to secure financing through traditional means. Our goal: to

Reminder: Virginia is easing certain COVID-19 restrictions beginning, tomorrow. That includes indoor and outdoor enterta...
03/31/2021
Virginia Easing More COVID-19 Restrictions | Loudoun SBDC

Reminder: Virginia is easing certain COVID-19 restrictions beginning, tomorrow. That includes indoor and outdoor entertainment venues and social events. Read more on our web site: https://loudounsbdc.com/virginia-easing-more-covid-19-restrictions/?fbclid=IwAR1xc6oRw0H3-IiquaMsqjA2S3xuFxy8osVJTw6bibzJ2wIC1gzmVIX-5dQ

Virginia Easing More COVID-19 Restrictions by Kelly Starzec | Mar 24, 2021 | Business Concepts, Disaster Assistance, FAQs, Operations, Organization, Uncategorized | 0 comments Beginning Thursday, April 1, Virginia will be easing certain COVID-19 restrictions. Those include: Social gatherings, which....

Never joined us for 1 Million Cups, or haven't been lately? There's a space waiting for you! Meet us on Zoom tomorrow, W...
03/30/2021
1 Million Cups | Mason Enterprise Center Leesburg

Never joined us for 1 Million Cups, or haven't been lately? There's a space waiting for you! Meet us on Zoom tomorrow, Wednesday 3/31 @ 10 a.m. to hear from another exciting Loudoun entrepreneur. https://masonenterprisecenterloudoun.com/events/1-million-cups-4-2021-03-31/

1 Million Cups Posted on March 31, 2021 by MEC Admin Map Unavailable Date/Time Date(s) - 03/31/20219:00 am - 10:00 am Location Categories New Businesses Details The 1 Million Cups-Loudoun is taking to Zoom to virtually re-launch this program that has helped over 200 founders identify new opportuniti...

Make the most of your HUBZone certification! Join us for our upcoming Contractor Chat and hear from a panel of seasoned ...
03/26/2021
CEO Roundtable: Growing Your Business after HUBZone Certification

Make the most of your HUBZone certification! Join us for our upcoming Contractor Chat and hear from a panel of seasoned C-level executives about how they have grown their companies after getting their HUBZone certification. Panelists include: Duane Nathaniel, CEO Kalani Consulting, Inc. and Richard Greenstreet, President, Kalani Consulting, Inc.

Tuesday, March 30, 10- 11:30 ET. Learn more: https://www.meetup.com/contractorchat/events/277109043/

Tue, Mar 30, 2021, 10:00 AM: You got your HUBZone certification, now what!? Learn from a panel seasoned C-level executives about how they have grown their companies after getting their HUBZone certifi

Starting the week of April 6, 2021, the SBA is raising the loan limit for the COVID-19 EIDL program from 6-months of eco...
03/25/2021
SBA to Increase Lending Limit for EIDL Loans | Loudoun SBDC

Starting the week of April 6, 2021, the SBA is raising the loan limit for the COVID-19 EIDL program from 6-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to up to 24-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000.

Learn more: https://loudounsbdc.com/sba-to-increase-lending-limit-for-eidl-loans/

SBA to Increase Lending Limit for EIDL Loans by Kelly Starzec | Mar 25, 2021 | Business Concepts, Disaster Assistance, FAQs, Finance, Operations, Organization | 0 comments The U.S. Small Business Administration is increasing the maximum amount small businesses and non-profit organizations can borrow...

Beginning Thursday, April 1, Virginia will be easing certain COVID-19 restrictions, including indoor and outdoor enterta...
03/24/2021
Virginia Easing More COVID-19 Restrictions | Loudoun SBDC

Beginning Thursday, April 1, Virginia will be easing certain COVID-19 restrictions, including indoor and outdoor entertainment venues and social events. Read more on our web site: https://loudounsbdc.com/virginia-easing-more-covid-19-restrictions/

Virginia Easing More COVID-19 Restrictions by Kelly Starzec | Mar 24, 2021 | Business Concepts, Disaster Assistance, FAQs, Operations, Organization, Uncategorized | 0 comments Beginning Thursday, April 1, Virginia will be easing certain COVID-19 restrictions. Those include: Social gatherings, which....

03/24/2021
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG)

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant and the Restaurant Revitalization Fund are two NEW grant programs the SBA, which will open in early April to support shuttered businesses and restaurants.

Learn more about these programs so you can start preparing today by watching the VA SBDC webinar recordings:

Shuttered Venues Operators Grant webinar recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkHMP5WvKsE

Restaurant Revitalization Fund webinar recording: https://youtu.be/3Y8-Lebuy4I

Visit the Loudoun SBDC web site to learn more: www.loudounsbdc.com.

The video presents information for applicants to prepare for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application that is currently scheduled to open in early Apr...

03/17/2021

An #SBDCDay thank you to our community partners!

“Through all of the global negativity and economic uncertainty of 2020, there was a strong silver lining in Loudoun County, Va. We have always embraced collaboration with our network of business resource partners, and the value of those relationships set the tone for the county’s comprehensive response. The Loudoun SBDC pivoted seamlessly from classrooms to video conferencing, shifting its focus from business planning and growth to business funding and survival. As our business community needed help navigating the SBA funding processes or applications for more than $12 million in local grants, the SBDC provided accurate, empathetic, timely information and top-notch customer service. Loudoun’s ability to proactively serve its business community and mitigate the effects of COVID-19 would not have been possible without the hard work of the Loudoun SBDC, and that impact will be felt for years to come.” Buddy Rizer, Executive Director, Loudoun County Department of Economic Development

One more day until #SBDCDay! And, one more thank you to our amazing clients! From our business advisor, Terry Saeger: "I...
03/16/2021
Growth Business Resources | Loudoun SBDC

One more day until #SBDCDay! And, one more thank you to our amazing clients! From our business advisor, Terry Saeger:

"I enjoy working with the SBDC because of the diverse nature of the businesses we are coaching. We really touch every size and type of business in Loudoun County, and it has been very satisfying to help business owners get their arms around the fundamentals of running their businesses. "

www.loudounsbdc.com/get-started/

Just a few more days until #SBDCDay! Business advisor, Sudodh Nayar says, "It gives me immense satisfaction to help our ...
03/15/2021
Growth Business Resources | Loudoun SBDC

Just a few more days until #SBDCDay! Business advisor, Sudodh Nayar says, "It gives me immense satisfaction to help our clients respond to the changes in their business environment imposed by the pandemic. It’s also a way of giving back by using my skills and professional experience to have an impact in the community." Schedule your appointment with one of our advisors: www.loudounsbdc.com/get-started/

03/12/2021

“This year has been challenging for many of Loudoun County’s small business. The Loudoun Chamber is grateful for the support the Loudoun SBDC has provided to more than 300 local businesses who sought relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their work was instrumental in helping these businesses remain in business and continue to make valuable contributions to Loudoun’s and Virginia’s economy.” - Tony Howard, President & CEO, Loudoun Chamber of Commerce

Thanks to Tony Howard and the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce for their partnership as we celebrate SBDC Day! #sbdcday

03/11/2021

Did you know that the Loudoun SBDC has multi-lingual coaches that can support the language needs of your small business? Elis Devlin is one of those coaches, fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese. Elis says, "I'm so happy being a part of the SBDC team because I love helping people grow and fulfill their dreams. I am able to use my marketing and Spanish skills to support them." #sbdcday #sbdcday2021

03/10/2021

"The Loudoun SBDC is the best thing that has happened to me since the pandemic started. I was able to speak with people who could assist me and happily and efficiently help and guide me."
- Denise Sorrell, Owner, Bliss Hair Studio and Lashery
#SBDCDay #sbdcday2021

SBDC Day is only 1 week away! Here's what one of our advisors, Demetrios Sapounas, says about his experience working wit...
03/10/2021
Growth Business Resources | Loudoun SBDC

SBDC Day is only 1 week away! Here's what one of our advisors, Demetrios Sapounas, says about his experience working with the SBDC and our local Loudoun businesses:

"Working with the Loudoun SBDC offers me an opportunity to give back. Leveraging my years of business experience, I can assist others to avoid common mistakes, approach things in a different way, and explore opportunities and options they may not have considered. It is always nice to see advice put to practice and generate results that help the business."

We'd love to work with you in 2021. Schedule your appointment at www.loudounsbdc.com/get-started/

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202 Church St SE
Leesburg, VA
20175

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00

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Loudoun’s Hub of Entrepreneurship

Start, Grow, or Scale your business with the resources and services at the Mason Enterprise Center. At the MEC you’ll learn vital skills at our workshops and develop your business strategy and conquer difficult problems with our one on one advising. You can even utilize our office space and conference room rentals to take your business to the next level of professionalism. Our Small Business Development Center provides one on one advising at no charge thanks to our sponsors and local partners.

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Hiring a part-time Marketing Support Specialist to handle social media, website updates, e-news, success story writing, publicity, flyer design and other marketing related tasks. See details and apply here:
Hiring a detail-oriented, organized person as the part-time Operations Administrative Assistant position for the MEC-Leesburg incubator and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) programs. See details and apply here:
Our center has launched a new well-being leadership program, Leveraging the Power of Polarity Thinking. Check it out here and consider joining us in May or October on Mason's Fairfax campus!: https://wellbeing.gmu.edu/lead/leveraging-the-power-of-polarity-thinking
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Discover how to develop the positive mindset that will strengthen your well-being and help you achieve your goals. Join Mason’s Positive Leadership program this fall! George Mason University employees and alumni receive discounts. Learn more and register here: https://wellbeing.gmu.edu/lead/positive-leadership-certificate-program/overview
BYRD IS THE WORD. I was just singing Eric Byrd's praises in a Facebook group for virtual assistants, and I realized that I don't express my appreciation for him TO him nearly often enough. Every meeting with Eric leaves me energized, focused, and thoughtful. I can never thank him enough for what he's done to help me with my business.