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NOVA, CBP Launch Entrepreneurship Program

January 30, 2008

Northern Virginia Community College introduces a one-year certificate program for aspiring entrepreneurs on January 24 from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Waterford at Springfield, 6715 Commerce Street. A joint venture between the College and the Community Business Partnership (CBP), the course of study will provide technical assistance and training for entrepreneurial enterprises.

The morning event will be hosted by NOVA President Robert G. Templin, Jr. and feature remarks from former Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Lee District Representative Dana Kauffman, special assistant to the president for community outreach, NOVA; Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Springfield District Representative Pat Herrity; Fairfax County Economic Development Authority President Gerald Gordon; Springfield entrepreneur Robert P. Rogers and CBP President Kathy Wheeler.

An advisory panel of entrepreneurs and successful business owners played a key role in the development of the Entrepreneurship Career Studies Certificate program. A primary goal is to help small businesses start out with the tools necessary to be successful, recognizing that such concerns are an important part of the area’s economy. Registration is now open for courses scheduled to start in March at CBP’s Springfield office located at 7001 Loisdale Road.

CBP is a program of the Mason Enterprise Center at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy; it is a non-profit organization formed in 1995 in response to an identified need for small business technical assistance and financing services.

For more information on the January 24 event or the Entrepreneurship Career Studies Certificate program, contact Yolanda Barbier at 703-933-5076 or

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 60,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site,