October 1, 2023

Veteran-Owned Small Business Showcase

The University of Mary Washington hosted the Veteran Owned Small Business Showcase at the Stafford campus May 14.

During the event, veteran small business owners came together to showcase their offerings to a variety of businesses in the private and public sector.

President Richard Hurley also announced the Veterans Endowment, a fund that will support the advancement of veterans and their families through education at UMW.

“This fund will benefit honorably discharged service men and women, active duty service men and women and their immediate families,” said Hurley.

The event and the endowment were made possible by the Veteran Owned Business Executive Roundtable. The Veteran Owned Business Executive Roundtable is a program of the UMW Center for Economic Development established in July 2013 to support personal, professional and business growth for regional veteran owned small business executives.


Capital Area Franchise Fair at UMW, Nov. 22

The University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center has partnered with FranNet to bring the Capital Area Franchise Fair to Fredericksburg on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.  If you are considering starting a business and want to see if franchise ownership is for you, we invite you to attend.

Capital Area Franchise Fair
Nov. 22, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

University of Mary Washington, Stafford Campus, University Hall

The cost is $25 and you can pay when you arrive. Preregistration not required.

For more information, contact Heather Wheeler at hwheeler@umw.edu.

Brian Baker Selected as Judge for William James Foundation Business Plan Contest


Brian Baker, Executive Director for Entrepreneurship at the University of Mary Washington Center for Economic Development ,was selected as a business plan judge for the second year by the William James Foundation. The William James Foundation has managed business plan competitions during the last decade that support for-profit businesses that integrate social and/or environmental values into how they make money. $150,000 will be divided among the business owners with the best proposals. Baker will provide guidance and evaluations to companies in both the concept and finalist rounds.