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Start Your Business 2009

Friday April 24th,
5:45-7:45 PM, Free !

You have a business idea, now make it happen !



To provide prospective business owners in the community with the practical information and resources they need to determine a plan of action for their business ideas.

Target Audience

This event is targeted toward individuals in the general public who are serious about starting their own businesses, but could use a little more information before committing to move forward with their ideas.

Workshop Topics (schedule on right)

  • Financing Your Business
  • Starting Your Business
  • Intellectual Property

Date, Time & Location

Date: Friday April 24th, 2009
Time: 5:45-7:45 PM
Place: George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Building: Innovation Hall
Room: 103

There are two parking decks on campus which you can park you vehicle in for $2 per hour/ $10max.  One is the Sandy Creek parking deck and the other is the Mason Pond parking deck located right next to the Center for the performing arts.  Once you exit either parking deck look for green and yellow signs leading you to Innovation Hall.

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Program Schedule

5:45PM – 6:20PM

Financing Your Business Idea

Presenter: US Small Business Administration (SBA), Lender Relations Specialist, Mr. Robert Carpenter

Robert Carpenter will explains the nuts and bolts of SBA loans and offers a realistic assessment of opportunities for federal grants and financial assistance

Mr. Carpenter will also discuss the available finance options and offer practical guidance and advice based on a sound understanding of SBA and federal and commercial standards and financial practices.  


6:20PM – 7:15PM

Starting Your Business

Presenter: Virginia Department of Business Assistance (VDBA), Mr. David Fuller

In 50 minutes VDBA, David Fuller will first provide the members of the audience with the practical insight they need to realistically assess the commercial viability of their business ideas, and then walk the audience through the business formation process. 

Mr. Fuller will discuss business plans, entity selection and tax strategies and explain how to easily navigate the legal requirements and paperwork associated with business creation. 

By the end of this presentation, members of the audience will be equipped with the knowledge and resources they need to move forward with their business ideas effectively.


7:15PM – 7:45PM

Intellectual Property

Presenter: Mr. Brian Jelinek – Patent Agent, Engineer, Former USPTO Inspector

Brian Jelinek discusses business concerns related to IP, and in particular, how the law impacts business decision making.

Mr. Jelinek will give a primer on patents directed towards a business executive, rather than to in-house council, and discuss how the existence of prior IP can impact a business plan. 

Finally, Mr. Jelinek will introduce the other main categories of IP (e.g., trademark, copyright, trade secrets) and briefly discuss how they interact to protect various aspects of a business and/or product.