Fairfax Innovation Center Client Receives Business Incubator Award

Posted: June 22, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Blue Collar Objects, a client of the Mason Enterprise Center’s business incubator, Fairfax Innovation Center (FIC), recently received the 2005 Donna Noble Outstanding Incubator Client Award from the Virginia Business Incubation Association. Blue Collar Objects (BCO) was chosen from a field of 27 business incubators throughout Virginia.

FIC’s mission is to facilitate the growth and development of start-up businesses by providing a nurturing environment comprising low-cost, shared facilities; free, one-on-one business counseling; and networking and partnering opportunities. Judy Barral, FIC director, says BCO deserved the award “because of its bold ideology and business success. The company’s vision was to be known not for what they do but how they do it, with values of honesty in all relationships and respect for the individual. They choose to seek a win-win relationship with employees, customers, and vendors.”

BCO was formed in March 2000 to offer information technology solutions to the federal sector. Under its president, Solomon Thompson, BCO entered FIC in August 2002 with four employees and revenues of $500,000. Revenues at the end of 2004 were $2.6 million, with a staff of 30 people.

Blue Collar Objects award
Solomon Thompson, center, president of Blue Collar Objects (BCO), accepted the Virginia Business Incubation Association award at the association’s conference. With him are Judy Barral, director of the Fairfax Innovation Center, and Daniel Marsh, BCO vice president of marketing.

FIC, a joint venture of George Mason University and the City of Fairfax, provided networking and business advisory services as well as training for BCO’s marketing and accounting staffs. In addition, FIC included BCO in its Step Up program, in which independent consultants evaluate the company from marketing, organizational, and financial perspectives.

FIC is located at the Mason Enterprise Center in Old Town Fairfax. It provides networking opportunities, access to business advisors and training, discounts on educational programs, furnished office space, telephone and receptionist service, and Internet access.

For more information, contact Barral at 703-277-7701 or jbarral@gmu.edu.

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