Karen Smaw

Director, Diversity Business

Karen Smaw leads the efforts at Fairfax County Economic Development Authority to support small and minority businesses.

Smaw is noted throughout Fairfax County for her “Starting a Business” workshops which educates thousands of entrepreneurs on the benefits and opportunities of starting and growing a business.  Since 2003, these workshops have assisted over 3,000 business persons and entrepreneurs. The SBA, the Community Business Partnership, and the Virginia Department of Business Assistance are partners in the workshop series.

Smaw also creates classes for small businesses that want to grow, and for companies that want to export goods and services to other countries.

Company: Fairfax County EDA

“As an incubator client, CBP helped me successfully start my cybersecurity and IT solutions firm, SecureTech360. I found the staff helpful, knowledgable, and encouraging.  I recommend them highly!”

Quiana Gainey, CEO, SecureTech360 (EDWOSB, SDVOSB, SWAM)
Community Business Partnership of Springfield, VA