Mason Enterprise Center – Fairfax, Fairfax City Economic Development Authority,
and the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce collaborate to produce new “Lunch
& Learn” series in Fairfax, VA.
Fairfax, VA – A refreshed “Lunch and Learn” series launched this month at the Mason Enterprise Center – Fairfax (“MEC”) in Fairfax City. The refresh, a result of a new collaboration between the MEC, the Fairfax CityEconomic Development Authority (“EDA”) and the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce (“CFCC”), provides capacity building instruction to new- and startup-businesses operating in and around northern Virginia. The Lunch and Learn program is designed to connect experienced business counselors and experts directly with resident and non-resident entrepreneurs, and facilitates the networking and collaboration critical to small business development.
The first installment, “Pitching to Investors – What Every Small Business Needs to Know” was highly
successful and attracted a to-capacity room of entrepreneurs and small business owners from around the region.
The initial lunch featured a presentation by Wayne Lifshitz, a renowned entrepreneur, inventor, and strategic
connector and investor. The Lunch and Learn provided a forum for Mr. Lifshitz to share his experience both as a serial entrepreneur seeking capital, and as investor working with new entrepreneurs to develop capacity.
“The MEC is an enormous asset for the City and for its development as a center for entrepreneurial growth in
Northern Virginia. I am particularly excited about this collaboration between the EDA, the MEC, and the CFCC
because it highlights our City’s commitment to entrepreneurs and small businesses which are a growing
component of our City’s local economy.” said Christopher Bruno, the City of Fairfax Director of Economic
“The Lunch and Learn series and our other workshops are designed to address specific issues many growing
startups and small businesses face, from financing growth to reaching new customers to becoming more effective
speakers. These are hands-on classes, imparting practical advice, given by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs”
said Gisele Stolz, MEC Incubator Director.
“The Chamber recognizes the importance of small business development in our City and our region” said Doug
Church, Chair of the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce. “We are constantly looking for new and
innovative ways to increase the profile of central Fairfax as a great place to start or grow a business. This project with the EDA and the MEC allows us to do just that.”
“The EDA – MEC partnership has been one of the longest and strongest between the City and George Mason.
This particular partnership speaks directly to the mission of the EDA in developing Fairfax as the place for new and innovative businesses” said Michael O’Brien, Chair of the Economic Development Authority. “This
series will help highlight to City businesses that these services are available here in Fairfax and in northern Virginia.”
New Installments of Lunch and Learn will occur monthly with the next lunch scheduled for November 9th.
Information regarding future Lunch and Learn events will be posted on social media, the MEC website, and
communicated via the EDA media.
The MEC is a business incubator network designed to help startup business grow and succeed. The Mason
Enterprise Center – Fairfax is a collaboration between the City of Fairfax, the Economic Development Authority, and George Mason University. The MEC network provides essential business development services to the region and is the largest university-run business incubator in the Commonwealth of Virginia.