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MEC Mentoring & Business Advice

Taking your business off the ground and managing it on your own can be an exhilarating and rewarding, yet challenging, experience. Our team of mentors and business counselors is comprised of experienced business professionals who have the expertise and knowledge that you may be just beginning to learn or need to refine. No matter what business skills you would like to learn and improve, you will be able to find it at the MEC, through our partner programs (SBDC, PTAP) or our resident mentors.

MEC-Fairfax Business Counselors

Gisele Stolz

Director, Entrepreneurship Programs and Business Incubators, Office of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Timm Johnson

Mason SBDC Director

Joshua Green 

ICAP Director

Lisa Wood

Statewide Director, Virginia PTAP

Aaron Miller

International Trade Manager, Virginia SBDC

MEC Mentors & Subject Matter Experts

Gary Grenter

Serial Entrepreneur – CEO, M&A, IPO

Gerry Preville, CPA

CEO, Laurentian CFO Services, CFO Technology companies

Bob LeMay

LeMay & Company, CPA, small business tax and accounting specialist

Mary Schroeder

Branding and Marketing

Dr. Michael Mort

Argent Place Law, PLLC, IP, Trademark, Contracts, M&A

Rafael A. Martinez, CTP 

SVP, Commercial Banker
Virginia Partners Bank/Maryland Partners Bank (a Division of Virginia Partners Bank)

Raksha Sukhia

Sales, Business Growth, Change and Digital Transformation

Adam Calli, MSM, SHRM-SCP

Principal Consultant

Bob Smith

ICAP Lead Instructor

Partner Programs


Virginia Small Business Development Center

For over 40 years, the Mason SBDC at George Mason University—Mason Enterprise Center has been helping small businesses grow and succeed by providing effective business counseling, guidance, and training services. The SBDC is one of the largest business and education resources for small businesses throughout the Washington D.C. Metro area. Small business owners have the option of meeting one-on-one with a certified business analyst to discuss every aspect of business management or they may participate in small group trainings instead.

Learn more about how to grow and maintain a successful business at the Virginia SBDC.


The Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Center

PTAC is dedicated to helping local businesses do business with the government, which includes federal, state, and local. Their services consist of assisting clients with understanding how to properly analyze and successfully communicate with the government. Their services include government procurement counseling, hosted training & events, as well as a subscription Bid-Match Service (BMS) which aggregates federal, state, and local government bid opportunities related to your business.

Grow your business and take responsibility for your own success. Learn more about PTAP today!


Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program

The purpose of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program is to help startup businesses establish who their customers are so that business owners can form an appropriate and successful business model. ICAP is the perfect program for the businesses who are still in the early stages of their business before any steps toward expansion can really take place.

For startup businesses who want to establish a successful business model, learn more about ICAP here.

International Trade

International Business Development Program

The SBDC international trade team provides US and international enterprises with quality information-technology training, resources, and advice that includes global business management, global marketing, supply chain management and trade financing. IBDP encourages established-Virginia businesses to expand globally with a number of counseling, networking opportunities, and resources to help businesses owners grow and succeed.

If you are looking to grow your business on a global scale, learn more about IBDP today.