The 2020 Bridging the Gap Achievement Award winners were announced at a virtual ceremony on November 23.
“Minority and women-owned businesses are an integral part of our economy — at the national level, in our state and in our local communities,” said Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) President and CEO Donald C. Fry in his opening remarks. “Our regional economy operates much like a car engine — if all of the cylinders of the car are not working together, the car starts and stops and can sputter along. The same holds true if all segments of our economy — large and small businesses, majority and minority, women-owned businesses — are not working together, our economy starts and stops and sputters along.”
Before the winners were revealed, special guest speaker Wes Moore, author and Chief Executive Officer of the poverty-fighting organization Robin Hood Foundation, discussed the important role all of the nominees play in the community.
The awards process is about “honoring the spirit in which you lead, the contributions that you are making and the future for all of us that you are driving,” he said.
During his speech, the Baltimore resident talked about personal experiences, his mother’s first job that provided her with benefits (with the Annie E. Casey Foundation) and the challenges and complications of 2020. “This is about the thousands of lives you are impacting every day. You’re our engine. You’re our fuel,” he said. “There is nothing short of remarkable that you’ve all been able to achieve this year and not only do we salute you, we’re thankful for you. We cannot have a strong community without your success, your resilience, your light. In fact they epitomize Baltimore.”
The 2020 winners are:
- Division Street Landscaping
- Safe Alternative Foundation for Education, Inc.
Diversity in Leadership:
- East Baltimore Development, Inc.
- Vehicles for Change
Innovative Partnership/Strategic Alliance:
- HOPE Inside – Operation HOPE and M&T Bank
- Turner Construction Company’s Three-Pronged Alliance with Morgan State University
- Under Armour and NPower Maryland
- Andrew Parlock, Northrop Grumman
Successful Minority or Women-Owned:
- BTST Services Inc.
- Mayson-Dixon Companies
- Maryland Center for Hospitality Training
Elijah E. Cummings Diversity in Leadership:
- Maryland Minority Contractors Association
- Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association
“By working together to enhance opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses, our economy will grow, our business community will be strengthened, and our region will benefit,” Fry said in closing. “Together we can make a difference.”
The GBC presents the awards annually to recognize exceptional majority, minority and women-owned businesses, as well as executives who nurture the development of minority and women-owned businesses in the Greater Baltimore region and Maryland.
- Greater Baltimore Committee announces nominees for Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards
- Pictures of some of the 2020 winners with their awards
The Bridging the Gap Committee is dedicated to evolving the business culture of Greater Baltimore by developing and fostering relationships between majority, minority, and women-owned businesses. In addition to promoting a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all organizations, the Bridging the Gap initiative provides targeted support and programming to help women and minority-owned businesses in Greater Baltimore succeed and grow.