Enterprise Center Forms New Partnership

Posted: April 19, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Mason Enterprise Center for Regional Analysis and Entrepreneurship has been selected to provide program administration services to the prestigious U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Award for Virginia (SPQA). The Enterprise Center is a university-wide program with the mission of incorporating the ideas of innovation and entrepreneurship into the university and the economy and society of the region.

The SPQA board of directors and examiners, who collectively represent many years of quality and productivity experience, select award recipients. Selection criteria are based on a written application submission and onsite visits, which demonstrate measurable quality and productivity results. The SPQA for Virginia is the longest running award for productivity and quality of its kind in the country.

The Enterprise Center has agreed to advertise, receive, and process award applications; coordinate, attend, and support the six annual board meetings; coordinate and host the annual Forum for Excellence event and the awards presentations; and provide general support for the award process. The center also will host regional events to increase applications and visibility, and conduct an SPQA fair at George Mason and perhaps at other universities across the state to increase student learning and participation. Roger Stough, director of the Enterprise Center, and Michal McElwain, SPQA program administrator, will become ex-officio members of the board.

The SPQA holds its annual awards celebration in conjunction with the Virginia Forum for Excellence on April 20. Sen. John Warner and Sen. Chuck Robb are expected to present the awards. For more information about the award process or the Virginia Forum for Excellence, call Michal McElwain at x31560.

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