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First graduates of mentoring program celebrate increased revenues and new relationships

June 17, 2008

The Small, Women- and Minority-owned (SWaM) Mentoring Program will celebrate the graduation of its first class of participants during a reception on June 27 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Holiday Inn in Arlington. Lynette Spano Weist of SCI Consulting Services, Inc. will be the guest speaker for the ceremony.

Sponsored by the Business Opportunity Center at Northern Virginia Community College, the SWaM Mentoring Program is designed to help businesses successfully bid for state and/or local government contracts. Companies participating in the program receive business counseling and mentoring; obtain technical assistance, business tools and practical knowledge for preparation of bids or proposals; participate in training workshops and seminars on business topics; widen business networking opportunities with government buyers and large vendors who are looking for SWaM subcontractors; and connect with workforce development programs for employee recruitment and training.

Sixteen companies were selected for the first session. Located throughout Northern Virginia, the companies offer a variety of services and range from start-up businesses to seasoned organizations with more than 15 years of experience:

ACE Products, LLC (Chantilly)
Activate Results LLC (Fairfax)
Blend In Design (Arlington)
C&C General Builders, Inc. (Alexandria)
Capital Construction (Sterling)
ContractDesk, Inc. (Centreville)
Element H2O (Chantilly)
Gordon Information Services, Inc. (Alexandria)
Information Technology Solutions, Inc. (Fairfax)
McManis & Monsalve Associates (Manassas)
Olshesky Design Group, LLC (Alexandria)
Potomac Springs Landscape (Springfield)
Robert E. Beach Architects LLC (Falls Church)
Sparkle Cleaning Inc. (Fairfax)
Systems Engineering Inc. (Dulles)
We Clean, Inc. (South Riding)

According to program manager Chris Tran, several participants increased their revenues based on what they learned. “Others entered the program to build relationships with prime vendors and purchasing representatives from local agencies, so they also consider the program successful,” she said.

Tran is currently accepting applications for the next session which begins in September and has been expanded to include federal procurement procedures. To learn more, contact Tran at

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