Mason Enterprise Center Top Global University Business Incubator
October 1, 2013
The Mason Enterprise Center at George Mason University was recently named as one of the Top 10 U.S. and Top 20 Global University Business Incubators by the UBI Index.
Based in Stockholm Sweden, the UBI Index is a European research initiative with an international research team specializing in incubation and entrepreneurship indexes. This was UBI’s first global benchmark study of university business incubators.
International Business and Entrepreneur Internship Program
July 31, 2013
This summer ten students from KTO Karatay University (Turkey) and two officials from MARA (a government business/university economic development organization in Malaysia) came to the United States to be part of a 6-week International Business and Entrepreneur Training and Internship Program at the Mason Enterprise Center (MEC) in Fairfax. All participants are staying in summer student housing on the Fairfax campus which is conveniently located ten minutes from downtown Fairfax City and the MEC.
City of Fairfax Economic Development Authority Announces Business Awards and Networking Breakfast
July 31, 2013
The City of Fairfax Economic Development Authority (EDA) is pleased to host its first economic forum and business appreciation breakfast. This event will be held at the Old Town Hall on the morning of May 13, 2009 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The EDA has invited the Greater Washington Initiative to present on regional business trends and outline its annual report. Professor Stephen Fuller, from George Mason University’s School of Public Policy, will present a research paper on the City of Fairfax’s local economy, including projections for potential business opportunities. Other invited guests include Mayor Robert Lederer, Virginia State Senator Chap Petersen and Virginia State Delegate David Bulova.
MEC-Fairfax Graduates Two More Entrepreneurs: Fairfield Technologies Inc. and Secure Infrastructure Solutions Corporation (SISC)
May 14, 2007
Fairfield Technologies Inc. (FTI) and Secure Infrastructure Solutions Corporation (SISC). FIC Graduation will occur May 17, 2007 at 4:00 PM at FIC, located at 4031 University Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22030. MECFairfax is a business incubator located at the Mason Enterprise Center in Old Town Fairfax that provides networking opportunities, access to business advisors and training, discounts on educational programs, as well as furnished office space, telephone, and receptionist for start-up companies. The goal is to nurture their growth and eventual graduation to their own location. Businesses can remain at FIC for up to two years.
Blue Collar Objects Graduates from Fairfax Innovation Center, Moves into Expanded Offices
May 11, 2006
Blue Collar Objects LLC. FIC Graduation will occur May 12, 2006.Blue Collar Objects (BCO) has been an incubator client of MECFairfax since 2002, and in 2005, received the annual Donna Noble Outstanding Incubator Client Award from the Virginia Business Incubation Association which recognizes the top incubator client in the state.Blue Collar Objects experienced a ten-fold increase in size during its tenure at FIC, with over 40 employees and 2005 revenues approaching $5 million. Solomon Thompson, Jr. is the CEO and President.
MEC-Fairfax Open House Event Draws Important Dignitaries,
MEC-Fairfax Honored with U.S. Flag Presentation
February 3, 2006
The Inaugural Open House Event held on Monday, January 30, 2006 at Fairfax Innovation Center (FIC) drew important dignitaries including Christian Curto, Outreach Coordinator for U.S. Congressman Tom Davis, George Mason University President Dr. Alan Merten, Mason Enterprise Center Director Dr. Roger Stough, and Dale Lestina, Chairman of the City of Fairfax Economic Development Authority.To honor Fairfax Innovation Center’s important contributions to the economic development of Fairfax, Mr. Curto presented FIC Director Judy Barral with an American flag that was recently flown over the U.S. Capitol building in honor of the Fairfax Innovation Center. A ribbon cutting was performed immediately following.
Woman-Owned Dexisive, Inc. Opens in the MECFairfax
December 13 , 2005
Dexisive, Inc. has opened for business in the MECFairfax at 4031 University Drive, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA 22030. Dexisive is an information technology systems integrator specializing in advanced network technologies, enterprise security, and infrastructure application deployment, with expertise in network technologies including IPV6 planning and deployment, and VoIP integration.Dr. Jack Murphy, President and CEO of Dexisive explains, “We provide technology solutions that are reliable, scalable, secure, and manageable in order to reduce IT to a utility service that enhances agility for our clients.”
MEC-Fairfax Announces New Name and Logo
August 8, 2005
Director Judy Barral announces the new name of Fairfax Innovation Center. Previously the center had been known as the Small Business Accelerator of the Mason Enterprise Center. A branding campaign accompanies the new name, including a new logo, marketing materials, and web site, along with public relations initiatives.
“Our program is a joint venture of George Mason University and the City of Fairfax, yet we understand the significance of creating a unique identity and brand for the Fairfax Innovation Center,” says Barral. “Since we concentrate on helping entrepreneurs in the City of Fairfax, we think the new name reflects more of who we are and who we serve.”
MEC-Fairfax Awards Branding And Public Relations Contract To River City Marketing, LLC
June 13, 2005
River City Marketing, LLC has been retained by Fairfax Innovation Center to develop and implement a branding and strategic public relations campaign focusing on enhancing corporate identity and awareness for its Business Accelerator Program. The integrated branding effort includes development of a new logo, new marketing materials, and a web site, as well as public relations initiatives.
MEC-Fairfax Director Featured Presenter at National Conference
May 23, 2005
Fairfax Innovation Center director Judy Barral was a featured presenter at the National Business Incubators Association’s 19th International Conference on Business Incubation held in May 2005 in Baltimore, Maryland. Barral led a roundtable discussion on International Incubation. Joining in the presentation were Marshall Ferrin, Director of the International Business Development program at the Mason Enterprise Center (MEC), Dr. Roger Stough, Associate Dean of Research at the School of Public Policy and Director of the Mason Enterprise Center, and Dr. Toshi Oshi, former incubator client of the International program and now CEO of CoreMed, LLC.