Eight Baltimore-area companies have been named winners of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s 12th Annual Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards.
The awards were presented November 12 during ceremonies honoring minority-owned and women-owned firms for business achievement and others for their efforts to strengthen minority business development.
The awards program is part of Bridging the Gap, a minority business development initiative of the Greater Baltimore Committee, the region’s most prominent organization of business and civic leaders.
“Minority- and women-owned businesses are an integral part of our national, state and local economy,” Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the GBC, said in remarks before the awards ceremony. “Our regional economy operates much like a car engine. If all of the cylinders of that car are not working, the car starts and stops and sputters along.
“If all segments of our economy – large and small businesses, majority-, minority- and women-owned businesses – are not working together – that economy starts and stops and sort of sputters along also,” Fry said. “It’s important that we bring everyone together and work hard to make all of the cylinders work together.”
Tiffany Eubanks-Saunders, Global Support Services Executive of Bank of America and the guest speaker at the event held at Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, spoke about how supplier diversity can strengthen a company and communities.
She highlighted her organization’s commitment to supplier diversity.
In 1990, Bank of America spent about $11 million annually with diverse suppliers. Today, that figure has grown significantly to more than $2.5 billion, she said.
“If Bank of America, given our highly regulated, highly restricted industry that we operate in, with very few diverse suppliers offering the products and serves we are purchasing, if we can reach our goals, you can absolutely reach yours,” Eubanks-Saunders said.
Bridging the Gap award finalists and winners were selected from among nominations submitted by businesses, civic organizations, employees, customers, elected officials and government agencies.
Categories and winners of the 2015 Bridging the Gap Awards are:
Minority- /women-owned business for outstanding achievement
Carson Research Consulting, Baltimore, Md. Carson Research Consulting, Inc. (CRC) provides research, evaluation and data visualization services. Established in 2003, CRC helps clients gather the data they need, and then make it easy to understand and share with stakeholders. They present findings in clear, digestible, and interesting ways, such as through interactive reports, dashboards, and infographics.
OGS Order Green Supply LLC, Baltimore, Md. OGS Order Green Supply was founded seven years ago by Principal Laurie Lessans as woman-owned business and a reliable source for commercial building materials. Clients rely and count on OGS for consistent quality in building materials, expert advice and unparalleled service.
Symphony Placements, Cockeysville, Md. Symphony Placements is a full service flexible staffing and human resource solutions company dedicated to successfully meeting the personnel challenges with temporary, temporary to direct, direct hire and payroll outsourcing services. This woman-owned private staffing firm is operated by Wanda Smith and her team.
The Medical Home Development Group, Glenn Dale, Md. The Medical Home Development Group is a healthcare consulting and technology company focused on providing comprehensive professional services and support to healthcare organizations to meet accreditation standards and profitability. Its mission is to provide clients with access to cutting edge resources that assist in assessing, planning and delivering a complete long-term solution to practice transformation.
Majority-owned business or business leaders demonstrating inclusive business practices
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, Baltimore, Md. Since opening in last year, the $442 million Horseshoe Casino Baltimore has served as Charm City’s southern gateway. More than 60 percent of the casino’s 1,500-plus team members are Baltimore City residents, providing world-class customer service that has attracted more than 5 million visitors from all 50 states to Horseshoe Baltimore. The entertainment destination boasts nearly 200 table games and 2,200 of the industry’s hottest slots.
Successful partnerships and strategic alliances
Alban CAT and eSai LLC, Reisterstown, Md. eSai LLC provides energy management consulting solutions for commercial, industrial, state and federal government buildings. It specializes in business development, engineering analysis and obtaining permits. Alban CAT Power Systems is a construction equipment and power systems company that provides products and support for customers in Maryland, Virginia and the surrounding area. One of Alban CAT’s recent business additions is in the combined heat and power area where they have entered into exclusive partnership with eSai LLC and being successful with installations in Maryland.
Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, Md. Johns Hopkins University is America’s first research university and remains a world leader in both teaching and research, with more than 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students studying with faculty members across nine world-class academic divisions. Johns Hopkins Medicine is an integrated global health enterprise and a leading health care system in the United States. Johns Hopkins Medicine unites physicians and scientists of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with the organizations, health professionals and facilities of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System.
Also honored as Bridging the Gap Award finalists were: Diva by Cindy; IMT Architecture and Design; JLN Construction; Learning Everywhere; On Demand Labor; PRM Consulting; and SRS, LLC.
View photos from the event here.