Created in 1995, Community Business Partnership is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization working in collaboration with a number of local, regional and national organizations to promote small business growth in Fairfax County and beyond.
“We help small businesses start and grow. Our mission is to be the premier provider of full spectrum educational and support services to small businesses in Fairfax County and beyond; enabling them to make a significant contribution to a vibrant local economy.”
Our Core Business
Community Business Partnership serves as your one stop shop for starting and growing your small business. We are a business incubator and training center with four centers of business assistance excellence:
- a Women’s Business Center: our primary operation to assist entrepreneurs starting their business;
- a Small Business Development Center: our organization that assists established businesses seeking growth;
- a Business Finance Center: led by staff adept at offering non traditional business financing;
- a Business Incubation Center: providing space, mailbox, and training room rentals for local businesses; and
We serve potential and existing small business owners including women, veterans, and minorities primarily located in Fairfax County, Virginia.
We empower our clients by providing access to resources in order to fulfill their dreams, to provide for their financial security as well as that of their families, and to contribute to the economic growth of their communities.
In 2020, CBP’s 13 member staff and two dozen volunteers created 145 business training events with 2,141 attendees. Over 700 individuals receiving more than 1,400 hours of one-on-one business counseling; a 37% increase from the previous year.
CBP administered Fairfax County’s RISE program that provided over $52MM in small grants to over 4,800 small businesses. CBP also developed Fairfax County’s micro loan program that has provided over $1.6MM to businesses affected by the COVID downturn.
Breakdown of those serviced:
- 65% People of Color
- 66% Female
- 12% Veterans
- 6% Service Disabled Veterans
- 7% Disabled
Thanks to an annual grant from Fairfax County, Virginia, we are able to leverage significant operation funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
CBP management and staff are contracted annually through an agreement with George Mason University and a representatives from the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority and the Fairfax County Small Business Commission have permanent seats on the CBP Board of Directors.