MWAA and Georgetown Celebrate ‘Small Business University’ Inaugural Cohort Graduation

SAMS’ President and CEO, Staci L. Redmon, receives Project 500 Executive Certificate from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business

SPRINGFIELD, VA, August 7, 2018 – On July 27, 2018, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) held its inaugural commencement ceremony for graduates from the Airports Authority Small Business University, a partnership with Project 500 and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. The cohort of 28 MWAA Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (LDBE) Certified entrepreneurs were selected from more than 100 applicants.

“I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity MWAA has provided. SAMS is accelerating to the next chapter and the lessons learned in this program come at a pivotal time for us,” said Staci Redmon, president and CEO of Strategy and Management Services, Inc. (SAMS) and Small Business University graduate, “This year, SAMS celebrates ten years in business. We’ve not given in to statistics that say we shouldn’t be here.”

When asked how SAMS would utilize her knowledge gained, Ms. Redmon explained, “It’s impossible for any business to sustain exponential growth without scaling its infrastructure. Our next steps will include augmenting our existing infrastructure and hiring essential talent to support growth, streamline processes, and improve performance. Professor Bradley has equipped me with the confidence, knowledge, and skills to go after the resources SAMS needs and bring this objective to fruition.”

The Airports Authority Small Business University cohort was led by Melissa Bradley, Project 500 founder and managing director, Georgetown adjunct professor, successful business owner, and self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur.

Admission to Project 500’s Executive Certificate Program is one of three new initiatives led by MWAA’s Department of Supplier Diversity (DSD) to provide access to help small businesses build financial and technical capacity. In addition to Project 500, the DSD is hosting a Small Business Education Workshop Series to provide training in entrepreneurial basics and business practices, and a Jurisdictional Workshop Series to provide trade-specific events in the District, Maryland, and Virginia.

About Project 500

Project 500 is a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit business development program whose mission is to accelerate new majority entrepreneurs from high potential to high growth. The program provides entrepreneurs with training and support, support to local officials and agency leaders to eradicate policy barriers, and engages local bankers and investors to develop new access to capital products. Project 500 is free of charge and open to all businesses located within the District, with preference for entrepreneurs located in Wards 7 and 8. For more information, please visit

About the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA)

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority operates Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, as well as the Dulles Airport Access Highway, the Dulles Toll Road and construction of the Silver Line project, a 23-mile extension of the Metrorail public transit system through northern Virginia. Through the Department of Supplier Diversity (DSD), MWAA promotes regional economic development and the maximum utilization of small, local, minority and women-owned businesses in contracting opportunities. For more information, please visit


About SAMS

Founded in 2008, Strategy and Management Services, Inc. (SAMS) is an award-winning, SBA 8(a) program participant, verified SDVOSB, EDWOSB, SBA-certified SDB small business, NaVoBA-certified SDVBE, and Commonwealth of Virginia SWaM, MWAA LDBE and WBENC-certified company. SAMS provides Operations and Program Support, and Information and Facilities Management Services for federal agencies, state and local governments, higher education institutions, and commercial entities who want the high-quality services of a top-tier company with the “high-touch” of a client-focused small business. For more information, please visit

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