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The Fairfax Innovation Center is a business incubation program aimed at supporting the successful development of start-ups. The center provides an array of business support resources and services for a flat fee, ranging from $400 to $1,200 per month.
The Fairfax Innovation Center is located in Old Town Fairfax and, in addition to furnished office space, telephone and receptionist service, it provides access to business counselors, networking opportunities, and the educational programs at the Mason Enterprise Center. The Fairfax Innovation Center is the result of a partnership between the George Mason School of Public Policy and the City of Fairfax Economic Development Authority (EDA) and features 49 office spaces and nearly 29,000 square feet. The Center also hosts Mason's International Business Accelerator – a service that provides assistance to overseas businesses in the creation of a U.S. branch at the Center with the purpose of introducing their products and services to the U.S. market.
The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) endorses Fairfax County as one of the best business locations in the world. The FCEDA is an autonomous authority employed by the Commonwealth of Virginia. A board of Fairfax County business leaders composed by seven members supervises the work of the FCEDA. The president and CEO of the FCEDA is Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D. The official mission statement of the authority, ratified by the FCEDA board in 2012, is to “create demand for the new commercial construction that expands the tax base and contributes to the quality of life and overall prosperity of the county”. The beginnings of the FCEDA can be traced back to October 10, 1956, when the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors founded an Economic and Industrial Development Committee. In 1964, the Virginia General Assembly passed a law that allowed the Board of Supervisors to create a self-governing authority aimed at leading an economic development effort.
The Community Business Partnership (CBP) is non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides training and support to individuals interested in creating small businesses. Target individuals include women, minorities and low-to-moderate income persons.