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George Mason University is clearly characterized by a marked entrepreneurial spirit as demonstrated by the exceptional accomplishments achieved by its faculty, students, and alumni. The goal of Entrepreneurship at Mason is to provide the managerial competencies, critical thinking, and business insight needed to stimulate the development of different types of businesses – small and large businesses, new and established firms, non-profit and government organizations.
The goal of the Mason Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is to provide counseling to small business owners in Northern Virginia – Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William Counties. Every month, the team at SBDC offers more than 100 hours of personalized counseling free of cost to clients. Funding to Mason SBDC comes from a cooperative agreement among the U.S. Small Business Administration, Virginia SBDC Network, and George Mason University – Mason Enterprise Center.
The Mason Enterprise Center focuses on the creation and growth of businesses by leveraging the vitality, expertise, and intellectual assets of George Mason University. The Center specializes in the following areas: small business services, government contracting, international business, entrepreneurship, technology ventures, and telework initiatives. The Center provides a blend of programs, services, and resources that include business counseling, workshops, publications, sponsored research programs, and information services. The Center aims at enhancing the management and processes of businesses, governments, and other organizations in the Greater Washington area. The Mason Enterprise Center offers business owners access to the resources they need to grow and improve their businesses.
The Office of Research and Economic Development's Mason Enterprise Center Mentor Protégé Program Office serves as a liaison between the Department of Defense (DoD) and small businesses for the development of longstanding business relations between them. The DoD Pilot Mentor-Protégé Program, recognized by the Congress and sponsoring major DoD contractors, is aimed at improving the abilities of Small Disadvantaged Businesses, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses, Historically Underutilized Business Zones, and Women Owned Small Businesses.
The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT), in partnership with the George Mason Research Foundation, is responsible for the commercialization of inventions by George Mason faculty. Ownership of faculty inventions is established on the basis of University Policies, state law, and employment contracts. OTT staff can advise about the necessity of filing an Invention Disclosure. For more information about technology commercialization at Mason, please review the Researchers’ Guide to Technology Commercialization created by OTT.
The Mason Center for Social Entrepreneurship offers education programs, events, and other opportunities in the field of Social Entrepreneurship to faculty, students, and members of the community. In particular, the Center provides:
The Center aims at assessing the social impact of business initiatives and offers recommendations on how to optimize the social effect.