Fifteen winners receive GBC’s 15th Annual Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards

Fifteen Baltimore-area companies have been named winners of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s 15th Annual Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards.

The awards were presented November 14 during ceremonies honoring minority and women-owned firms for business achievement and others for their efforts to strengthen minority business development. More than 250 people attended the event, which was held at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. Jimmy Rhee, Special Secretary of the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority and Women Business Affairs, was the guest speaker.

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.

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 2018 Bridging the Gap Awards are:

Successful minority or women-owned business

  • D&L Cleanup
  • Global Air Media
  • I95 Business
  • Intreegue Design
  • Mary Kraft Staffing and HR Solutions
  • MD Strategic Consulting
  • Optimal Health Care Inc
  • Sarah Rose Public Relations
  • Timber Industries, LLC
  • Washington Software, Inc.

Majority-owned business demonstrating inclusive business practices

  • BB&T
  • BGE

Partnership/strategic alliance that includes minority or women-owned businesses

  • Year Up – Baltimore/Baltimore City Community College

President’s Award

  • Joseph Haskins Jr., Chairman, President and CEO, The Harbor Bank of Maryland

Also honored as Bridging the Gap Award finalists were:

Successful minority or women-owned business

  • Conscious Roundtable
  • Cultivated
  • Delmock Technologies, Inc.
  • Greenbridge Pottery
  • Higher Ground Transportation Services, Inc.
  • Lewis Contractors
  • Mid-Atlantic Region Minority Business Development Agency Advanced Manufacturing Center – Baltimore
  • Mother Goose on the Loose LLC
  • Road Safety, LLC
  • Root Branch Productions and Film Academy
  • TargetGov
  • The Pyatt Group, LLC

Partnership/strategic alliance that includes minority or women-owned businesses

  • PNC Bank and Baltimore Community Lending, Inc.

View photos from the event here.

View Baltimore Snap’s coverage from the event here.

Event Sponsors:


Baltimore Development Corporation

Southwest Airlines

The official airline of the GBC


Legg Mason

LifeBridge Health

MedStar Health

University of Maryland Medical System



Johns Hopkins Medicine


McCormick & Company, Inc.


Baltimore Business Journal

The Daily Record

PNC Bank

Special thanks to:

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

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