Bridging the Gap

Strengthening minority- and women-owned businesses in the region

BridgingTheGap_1Bridging the Gap is an initiative of the Greater Baltimore Committee, designed to advance the business culture of greater Baltimore by fostering an atmosphere in which majority and minority- and women-owned businesses can form mutually-beneficial strategic partnerships. The Bridging the Gap Initiative strives to provide businesses with the necessary tools and support to develop such collaborations.

The goals of the initiative are to:

  • Nurture the creation of legacy wealth among minority and women-owned businesses (MWBEs) by broadening business prospects that are available to them.
  • Communicate the business case for minority inclusion and development to the region’s larger business community.
  • Provide training opportunities that enhance capabilities within the minority and women-owned business community to enable successful participation in partnership opportunities.

Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards

The Greater Baltimore Committee honored 13 winners of 2013 Bridging the Gap Awards for outstanding achievement by minority-owned and women-owned businesses and for exemplary support of minority business development during November 14 awards ceremonies at the Grand Historic Venue in Baltimore, Maryland.

Bridging the Gap Award winners in four award categories are:

Outstanding achievement by a minority- or woman-owned business

  • ACL Computers and Software, Inc.
  • Axiom Engineering Design
  • Baltimore Window Factory
  • BottomLine Growth Strategies, Inc.
  • Daytner Construction Group
  • Intelect Corporation
  • Point.Click.Switch
  • Proove Biosciences, Inc.

Majority-owned business demonstrating inclusive business practices

  • Bon Secours Health System, Inc.

Partnerships/strategic alliances

  • TargetGov and bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park

President’s Award

  • Stephanie Hill, president, Lockheed Martin IS&GS-Civil
  • Senator Verna Jones-Rodwell

Also recognized as award finalists were:

  • Keller Professional Services, Baltimore Md., for business achievement;
  • REJ & Associates, Baltimore, Md., for business achievement;
  • Sheila Lee & Associates, LLC, Baltimore, Md., for business achievement;
  • RK&K Engineers, Baltimore, Md., as a majority-owned business demonstrating inclusive business practices;
  • University of Maryland Medical System, as a majority-owned business demonstrating inclusive business practices;
  • Mimar McKissick Education, for its majority-owned/minority-owned partnership or strategic alliance;
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine and Mahogany, Inc., for its majority-owned/minority-owned partnership or strategic alliance;

The GBC also recognized Renee Sprow, director of the Maryland Small Business Development Technology Resource Center, as a finalist for the President’s Award.

More information on Bridging the Gap Award winners

Resources
City’s MBE Directory — Minority- and women-owned businesses certified with Baltimore City Government


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