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Gwathmey, David

'06 MBA
Owner, Grape + Bean

David Gwathmey opened Grape + Bean, a specialty wine, coffee, and food boutique in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife in 2007. With more than 10 years of work experience, Gwathmey was looking for an opportunity to increase his level and ability of business acumen. He says he chose the Mason MBA because it had the greatest value and convenience with a flexible and broad curriculum and offered him the opportunity to work with people from diverse backgrounds.

Gwathmey says, “The Mason MBA gave me confidence and skills to build a business plan that was sophisticated and comprehensive and could be presented to lenders.”

Gwathmey’s advice to budding entrepreneurs? Have a wide range of people review your business plan and take advantage of your own industry knowledge to find new opportunities.

With many positive reviews, one most recently by the Washington Post, Grape + Bean is on its way to success. Already, in its first full year, the boutique is exceeding its initial estimates. Gwathmey says, “The Mason MBA gave me confidence to move forward and pursue this opportunity.”