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Mason Small Business Development Center

The Mason SBDC provides no-cost business counseling, business workshops, and resources for entrepreneurs and small business owners located in Northern Virginia.


The Mason Small Business Development Center is located at George Mason University and is one of 26 centers within the Virginia SBDC state network. Our SBDC counselors and subject matter experts assist business owners and entrepreneurs with business planning, marketing, financial analysis, access to capital, business start-up, and other specialized services as requested. And companies report successes and impacts as a result of their SBDC relationship. 

Our team possesses expertise in most industries including Technology, Government Contracting, Professional Services, Personal Services, Retail, Food Service, Child Care, Health Care, and Entertainment. The Virginia SBDC Network is the most extensive business development program in the Commonwealth.

The Network is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration, George Mason University and premier local host organizations throughout Virginia. These vital partners include universities, community colleges, chambers of commerce, municipalities, economic development organizations, and private companies.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Lease Review
  • Revitalization
  • Site Location Assistance

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise (Specialty)
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business (Specialty)
  • Tax Services
  • Valuation (Specialty)

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting (Specialty)
  • Business Succession Planning (Specialty)
  • Demographic and Census Data (Specialty)
  • Diversification (Specialty)
  • Feasibility Studies (Specialty)
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Identification and Research of Foreign Markets (Specialty)
  • Market Plan Development (Specialty)
  • Market Research (Specialty)

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping (Specialty)
  • Bonding (Specialty)
  • Crowdfunding Preparation (Specialty)
  • Debt Funding Preparation (Specialty)
  • Equity Funding Preparation (Specialty)
  • Financial Modeling (Specialty)
  • Financial Statement and Cash Flow (Specialty)
  • Government Funding (Specialty)
  • Insurance Requirements (Specialty)
  • Loan Providers (Specialty)
  • Real Estate Finance (Specialty)
  • Revenue Based Financing (i.e. factoring) (Specialty)
  • Tax Credit Providers
  • Tax Credits / Incentives
  • Trade Show Financial Assistance (Specialty)

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Apprenticeship
  • Childcare Resources
  • Disability Services for Employees
  • Diversity Equity and Inclusion
  • Employee Development
  • Heathcare
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Insurance
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Policies and Templates
  • Recruiting
  • Re-Entry Support
  • Retention
  • Workforce Incentives
  • Workforce Training

Import and Export Assistance

  • Certification and Licensing (Specialty)
  • Financial Assistance for Exporting Activities (Specialty)
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets (Specialty)
  • Locating Foreign Distributors (Specialty)
  • Networking/Exploring Exporting (Specialty)
  • Trade Education and Training (Specialty)
  • Tradeshow Support (Specialty)

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Business Degree Program
  • College / Community College / University Programs
  • Entrepreneurship Education
  • Internship Program
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Placement
  • Student Research Projects
  • Student Training

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Employee Relations
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Forming a Business
  • Lease Review
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information


  • Business Research Resources (Specialty)
  • Company Data / Prospect Lists (Specialty)
  • Consumer Education / Training (Specialty)
  • Consumer Information (Specialty)
  • Demographic / Census Data (Specialty)
  • Financial Data (Specialty)
  • Grants (Specialty)
  • Industry Data (Specialty)
  • Legal (Specialty)
  • Lifestyle and Psychographic Data (Specialty)
  • Market Intelligence (Specialty)
  • Newspapers

Management Issues

  • Diversity Equity and Inclusion
  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance

Manufacturing, Technology, Life Sciences Development

  • Augmented / Virtual Reality and Holographics
  • Commercialization (Specialty)
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Health and Safety Training
  • Industrial Technology Research (Specialty)
  • Life Sciences Development (Specialty)
  • Manufacturing Development
  • Pollution Prevention / Green Operations
  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)
  • Science/Bioscience Seminars
  • Small Scale Manufacturing
  • Technology Development (Specialty)
  • Technology Transfer (Specialty)
  • Wet Lab Incubator

Marketing and Sales

  • Advertising (Specialty)
  • Award Recognition (Specialty)
  • Call Center Services
  • Competitive Analysis (Specialty)
  • Demographics/Census Data (Specialty)
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing (Specialty)
  • Feasibility Studies (Specialty)
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets (Specialty)
  • Market Plan Development and Training (Specialty)
  • Market Research (Specialty)
  • Social Media Consulting (Specialty)
  • Student Marketing Projects (Specialty)
  • Website Development (Specialty)


  • Formal Mentoring Programs (Specialty)
  • One-on-One Counseling (Specialty)
  • Peer Mentoring (Specialty)
  • Group Mentoring (Specialty)

Networking and Associations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Industry Specific (Specialty)
  • International Trade (Specialty)
  • Small Business/General (Specialty)

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Accounting
  • Board Development
  • Funds Development
  • Grant Writing
  • Human Resources
  • Organizational Audits
  • Outreach / Promotion
  • Strategic Planning
  • Technical Services


  • Commercial Kitchen Facilities
  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Coworking
  • Incubators
  • Lab Space
  • Lease Review Assistance
  • Makerspace / Hackerspace
  • Office Space
  • Retail Space
  • Site / Office / Space Location Assistance
  • Wet Lab

Operations and Logistics

  • Freight and Distribution
  • Health and Safety Training
  • Locating Freight Forwarders/Customs Brokers
  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)

Product Development

  • Patent Information
  • Product Assembly and Packaging
  • Product Design and Development
  • Prototype Development
  • R&D Support

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Asian-American Business
  • Black or African-American Business
  • City Business Issues
  • County Business Issues
  • Hispanic Business
  • LGBTQIA Business Issues
  • Native-American Business
  • Small Business Policy
  • State Business Issues
  • Town Business Issues
  • Women’s Business Issues

Regulatory Compliance

  • Bonding
  • Building Codes
  • Certification
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Fire Codes
  • Government Requirements
  • Insurance Requirements
  • International Regulatory Compliance
  • Patent Information
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Trademark and Copyright Information
  • Zoning Codes

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Bid Matching and Preparation
  • Federal contract Certifications (HubZone, 8(a), DBE, Veterans, Disabled Veterans) (Specialty)
  • Government and Military Specifications
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Price History
  • Selling to Foreign Governments and Businesses
  • State Contract Certificationos (SWaM) (Specialty)
  • Subcontracting Opportunities

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources (Specialty)
  • Feasibility Studies (Specialty)
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Home-Based Business Training (Specialty)
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits (Specialty)
  • Site Location (Specialty)
  • Startup Business Counseling (Specialty)
  • Startup Classes (Specialty)

Tax Services

  • State and Federal Tax Training
  • State Tax Credit Information
  • Tax Credits
  • Tax Preparation Assistance
  • Tax Registration

Technical Assistance / Support Services

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training (Specialty)
  • Coding Schools, Bootcamps, Classes
  • Commercialization (Specialty)
  • Design Services
  • Industrial Technology Research (Specialty)
  • Marketing (Specialty)
  • Pollution Prevention / Green Operations
  • Technology Transfer (Specialty)
  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services (Specialty)
  • Website Development (Specialty)


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training (Specialty)
  • Business Management Training (Specialty)
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance (Specialty)
  • Diversity Equity and Inclusion
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing (Specialty)
  • Government Procurement (Specialty)
  • Health Care Training
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Human Resources Training (Specialty)
  • International Trade Education and Training (Specialty)
  • Marketing Plan Training (Specialty)
  • Online Courses and Videos (Specialty)
  • Startup Classes (Specialty)
  • Trade Education and Training (Specialty)

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator
  • Incubator

Events and Ecosystem Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends
  • Markets or Sales Events, including Pop-Ups
  • Networking / Meetups
  • Pitch Events
Contact Information
General Contact
10306 Eaton Place
Suite 180
Fairfax, VA 22030