Award Recognizes Baker’s Entrepreneurial Guidance, Leadership

Brian Baker

Brian Baker

Business has always been good to Brian Baker ’84, MBA ’89 – whether he was running his own company or helping fledgling entrepreneurs to succeed as executive director of UMW’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

His longtime commitment to the area’s business development recently earned him the Prince Woodard Leadership Award from the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.

In nearly 20 years guiding the SBDC, Baker has helped launch more than 550 small businesses, creating or retaining almost 8,000 jobs. Under his leadership, Mary Washington’s SBDC ranks among Virginia’s five top small business development organizations.

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