EagleWorks Gives Small Business Opportunity to Shine


The University of Mary Washington’s Center for Economic Development is taking steps to help small businesses in Fredericksburg succeed. Its small-business incubation program, EagleWorks, took its first client in 2014. Koji Flowers, owner of online marketing company Big Cloud Media, came to EagleWorks after moving from Texas. In the nine months Flowers has worked at EagleWorks, Big Cloud Media has tripled sales and doubled the average scope of project services. In addition, the company has clients in Mexico, Canada, India and Israel. EagleWorks is a collaborative entrepreneur-centered program through the Center for Economic Development that focuses on small businesses to promote their growth and sustainability. Currently, EagleWorks has 13 partners that support clients in the program, including the U.S. Small Business Administration and Cardinal Bank. EagleWorks provides services for small business owners, including office space, a conference room for client use, and … [Read more...]

UMW Spearheads Regional Economic Plan for Growth

UMW President Richard V. Hurley

The Fredericksburg area will be a buzzing hub of commerce where opportunities abound for people and businesses to thrive. This vision for the region was unveiled at the Transformation 20/20 Regional Economic Development Summit held Oct. 29 at the University of Mary Washington’s Stafford Campus. … [Read more...]

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...]