The University of Mary Washington announces the selection of Mary Parnell as the UMW Small Business Development Center Director in the Fredericksburg office. In that role she will direct consulting, management training, business research services and provide general client support for companies using the Fredericksburg office. A 10 year veteran consultant for the center, she served roles as senior consultant and assistant director during that tenure.
The University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center is an SBA program hosted by the VASBDC at George Mason University. The SBDC has been at UMW since 1992 and provides small company owners and startup entrepreneurs with consulting, management training, and demographic and industry research that supports their launch, sustainment, and growth. The Fredericksburg office of the SBDC is located in the Eagle Village Executive Offices. A second office is located in Warsaw, Va. and serves the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula planning districts.
Formerly, Parnell held controller positions at a local business development company and a Maryland community college. Other professional experience includes public accounting, banking and insurance. She is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Fredericksburg and founder of Talent Financial and Accounting Services. Mary Parnell earned an MBA from Sanford University and a bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Her affiliations include membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Business Women Association.