UMW Names Executive Director for Center for Economic Development

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The University of Mary Washington today announced that Brian Baker has been named executive director of the Center for Economic Development. Baker has spent the last decade as an administrator at UMW, most recently as executive director for entrepreneurship. … [Read more...]

UMW Honors Local Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Meta R. Braymer (center) poses with Joy Crump and Beth Black (left to right), the inaugural recipients of the Meta R. Braymer Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

The University of Mary Washington’s Center for Economic Development recognized area small business owners and entrepreneurs through the 2013 Virginia Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year Awards and the Meta R. Braymer Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award. … [Read more...]

UMW Co-Sponsors Yearlong Business Seminar Series

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The University of Mary Washington’s Center for Economic Development and College of Business are collaborating with the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce to present a yearlong seminar series on popular business topics. The Business 101 Seminar Series began on Friday, Jan. 18 with Accounting 101, presented by Gladys Gomez, lecturer of accounting in UMW’s College of Business. The series, taught by UMW faculty members, will continue on the third Friday of each month through the end of the year, focused on topics including marketing, customer service, social media, human resources, technology, finance and legal issues. The first six sessions will take place at the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber Office and the final six sessions will take place at UMW’s Small Business Development Center located in Eagle Village, all from 8 to 10 a.m. Registration for each session, limited to 25 participants, is $12, or $100 for the full series of 12 lectures. For a full schedule or … [Read more...]

UMW Student-Run Business Launches Online Platform

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The University of Mary Washington student-run business, Esfuerzo de Amor, launched an online platform to sell its products on Friday, Nov. 9. The site is the result of the combined efforts of senior Aaron Leung, UMW’s Center for Economic Development and the UMW Bookstore. Esfuerzo de Amor is run by La Ceiba MFI. The business sells its products, which are made by women in two communities in Honduras, in UMW’s bookstore and at Heritage Gifts in downtown Fredericksburg. Artisans from La Brisas and Villa Soleada craft the clutches from recycled chip bags and soda labels they find littering the area. The project, which originated in 2008, was started by UMW student Rachel Mason. Mason taught women in Siete de Abril to make the clutches; now the artisans also create bracelets, earrings, hairbands, key chains and more. The project started as a way to decrease the amount of trash burned in the streets, but has evolved into a way to help women in poverty. Seventy percent of the profit … [Read more...]

UMW Small Business Development Center Announces Basic Business Course

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The University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center, in partnership with Rappahannock Community College, has announced the initial course in the Hewlett Packard Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP-LIFE) program. The first level of the curriculum, “Imagine,” will begin at the Rappahannock Community College Kilmarnock Center on Thursday, Feb. 23. The program will provide computer and software technologies necessary to give ongoing training to Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula micro-entrepreneurs. The course will cover the basics of marketing, operations, communication and finance for those with no prior background in business. “Imagine” offers training on principles that help prepare the foundation for a business concept. The program explores various types of business analysis through introducing basic technologies. Upon completion of the four-week course, students will receive a certificate of completion. Classes will be held each Thursday from Thursday, … [Read more...]

UMW Small Business Development Center to Partner with Rappahannock Community College

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The University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center announced a partnership with Rappahannock Community College to provide an educational program to Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula micro-entrepreneurs. The partnership is one of 10 recognized nationwide. The program, Hewlett Packard Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP-LIFE), will include the computer and software technologies necessary to provide ongoing training. Training sessions will be offered beginning in February 2012 at Rappahannock Community College’s Kilmarnock campus and at the UMW Small Business Development Center’s Warsaw office. “We are extremely honored to have been chosen to provide the HP-LIFE program and given the opportunity to present the technology to our small business community,” said Joy Corprew, director of the Warsaw office of the Small Business Development Center. “Rappahannock Community College is delighted to partner with the University of Mary Washington Small Business … [Read more...]

Economic Development Conference Kicks off UMW’s Inaugural Week

Lt. Gov. William Bolling talks to President HurleyBusiness and government leaders from throughout the region gathered Monday, Sept. 26 on the University of Mary Washington Stafford campus for the inaugural economic development conference Partners in Prosperity for the Rappahannock Region.

Business and government leaders from throughout the region gathered Monday, Sept. 26 on the University of Mary Washington Stafford campus for the inaugural economic development conference Partners in Prosperity for the Rappahannock Region. Eugene P. Trani, president emeritus of Virginia Commonwealth University, presented the keynote address, “Town and Gown in the 21st Century,” in which he asserted that higher education is undergoing a major transformation that is redefining the relationship of colleges and universities to the broader community. Using VCU as an example, he discussed ways universities can support community and economic development. The event also included a panel of diverse, local business people who shared ideas about ways to strengthen the business climate in the region, and a presentation by Lieutenant Governor William T. Bolling, who addressed the importance of job creation and regional economic development. The event, sponsored by the Center for Economic … [Read more...]