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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, PTAC) or our resident mentors.

MEC-Fairfax Business Counselors

Eddie Hill

Business Incubator Director

Mason Enterprise Center

Gisele Stolz

Senior Director, Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Impact

Paula Sorrell

Associate Vice President

Innovation & Economic Development

Timm Johnson


Mason SBDC

Joshua Green 

ICAP Director

Lisa Wood

Statewide Director, Virginia PTAC

Aaron Miller

International Trade Director, Virginia SBDC

MEC Mentors & Subject Matter Experts

Dr. Michael Mort

Argent Place Law, PLLC,

IP, Trademark, Contracts, M&A

Bob LeMay

LeMay & Company, CPA

Small Business Tax and Accounting Specialist

Gerry Preville, CPA

CEO, Laurentian

CFO Services, CFO Technology Companies

Adam Calli, MSM, SHRM-SCP

Principal Consultant

HR Expertise, Talent Management, Retention, Training

Rafael A. Martinez, CTP

SVP, Commercial Banker

Virginia Partners Bank/Maryland Partners Bank

Raksha Sukhia

Sales, Business Growth, 

Change and Digital Transformation

Heather Rosen, JD

Franchise & Business

Opportunity Expert

 Jim Sweeney

Sales and Marketing

 Jonathan B Morse

Business Solution Design and Operations

Sang Jun Han, Esq.

Han and Associates, PLLC

John Sankovich

Recognized leader in cloud, data and modernization

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.