Virginia’s First Women’s Business Center Opens Wed.

Posted: October 9, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

The Community Business Partnership, the Fairfax County Office for Women, and the Mason Enterprise Center have joined forces to create the Women’s Business Center, the first center in Virginia to provide community-directed business and technical training for women-owned businesses and women who are starting businesses.

The opening ceremony is set for Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the center’s office in Falls Church. Guest speakers include Aida Alvarez, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Sen. Charles Robb, and Katherine Hanley, chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

The center was created by the Community Business Partnership, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing small business assistance and improved access to capital, and funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration with matching funds from Fairfax County government. The Mason Enterprise Center provides consulting and training services.

“We offer long-term assistance related to finance, management, procurement, mentoring, networking, and marketing for women-owned businesses, with a special emphasis on socially and economically disadvantaged women,” says Jody Keenan, director of the Mason Enterprise Center’s Northern Virginia Small Business Development Center and acting director of the Women’s Business Center. “We are excited to be launching a service of this magnitude in our area for women who are striving to grow successful businesses.”

For more information about the center, contact Keenan at (703) 277-7703 or

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