By Preston Williams
The Mason Enterprise Center (MEC), the economic development program that provides resources and assistance to small businesses and budding entrepreneurs throughout Virginia, has opened its fifth regional office.
The new facility, in Warrenton in Fauquier County, joins existing Northern Virginia regional MEC offices in Springfield, Fairfax, Leesburg and Manassas. The space at 70 Main Street in Warrenton will add to the many statewide operating locations where the MEC currently provides entrepreneur consulting and business assistance services.
The MEC will provide its Fauquier client companies with a professional work environment, support facilities, training, access to George Mason University business counselors and co-working space, among other resources. Warrenton is about 32 miles west of George Mason’s Fairfax Campus.
“This new Mason Enterprise Center in Warrenton is a true partnership between Mason and Fauquier County, bringing our proven economic development support programs to that region,” says Keith Segerson, MEC executive director and the university’s assistant vice president for economic development. “We have found the county to be well prepared and well mobilized for success.”
In 2013, the MEC worked with 21,000 entrepreneurs and businesses statewide, creating and retaining more than 5,000 jobs, Segerson says. The MEC last year also conducted more than 800 events, including classes, forums, seminars and other business assistance programs.
The MEC is opening the 3,300-square-foot facility in Warrenton in partnership with the Fauquier County Department of Economic Development. The space has eight private offices, a new “co-working” flex space for mobile entrepreneurs and areas devoted to meetings and collaborative projects. Businesses do not have to be based at MEC-Fauquier to use the resources there in person or virtually.
“We can’t wait to fill the new center and see how the businesses interact to create a true nest of innovation, right here in Warrenton,” says Miles Friedman, Fauquier County economic development director.
For more information, call the MEC-Fauquier facility at 540-216-7100 or e-mail email@example.com.