In a recent CityBizList profile, Northern Virginia Corporate partner Steven Meltzer discusses how growing up with a “lifelong, serial entrepreneur” as a father influenced his chosen areas of focus while practicing as a lawyer.

“I worked in many of my father’s businesses,” Meltzer told CityBizList in the video interview, adding that he acted in a variety of roles that he considers to be the foundation to his career, including administrative tasks such as typing invoices and answering phones, handling the cash register at a bowling alley and delivering auto parts.

Meltzer says he learned about small business entrepreneurship, which he complemented with the skills he learned from attaining his dual MBA and law degree from Harvard University. In his early career, Meltzer worked with high-tech clients such as Quantum Computer Services, and he continues to work with tech-focused business and startups professionally and as a member of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association and the Maryland Technology Council, as well as in his recent five-year run as a coach for the Kauffman Foundation FastTrac Program for Technology & Biotechnology Entrepreneurs.

“I am a huge believer in having America become the mecca for entrepreneurs from all around the world,” he said. “I would like to see us open our doors to entrepreneurs.”

After initially working in the focus area of military intelligence, Meltzer found an affinity for technology during the personal computer revolution and began pursuing clients in that area.

“I did software licensing for people who were then called ‘beltway bandits,’ who were doing some government contracting and some commercial software implementation,” he said. I have focused on technologies that matter. I want to do things that make a difference.”

Read Meltzer’s full profile and view his video interview on CityBizList.