GBC announces 16 winners of its 2021 Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards

The 2021 Bridging the Gap Achievement Award winners and Don Fry, GBC President and CEO (left)

The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) has announced 16 winners of its 2021 Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards, which are issued annually to recognize minority and women-owned businesses and the majority businesses and executives that partner with them. The GBC received more than 40 award nominations.

The winners were announced at the GBC’s annual Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards, held on November 10 at Morgan State University.

This year’s award categories are:

  • Community Impact
  • Diversity in Leadership
  • Innovative partnership or strategic alliance
  • Mentorship
  • Successful minority or women-owned business
  • The Elijah E. Cummings Leadership in Diversity Award, which is given to an organization or individual that has demonstrated solid professional success, commitment to supporting women and minorities in business, and dedication to the community.

Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, who created the Bridging the Gap Initiative in 2003, said, “The entrepreneurship and resiliency found in all of the nominees this year, even as they faced a difficult pandemic, shows just how strong the Baltimore region is when it comes to its ecosystem of minority and women-owned companies, as well as majority companies that support them.

These small businesses and the mentorship of the companies that support them are invaluable to the region’s economy, building generational wealth and ensuring diversity.”

The 2021 winners were announced at the annual Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards, held November 10 at Morgan State University.

The winners and nominees the categories in which they were honored are:

Community Impact

  • Comcast
  • Holistic Life Foundation
  • Inge Benevolent Ministries Healthy Solutions
  • Lord Baltimore Hotel
  • M4 Security LLC.
  • Mayson-Dixon Modern Suppliers (winner)
  • Women of Valor Inc.
  • The Bit Community Center (winner)

Diversity in Leadership

  • Stella May Contracting (winner)
  • Women of Valor Inc.

Innovative Partnership or Strategic Alliance

  • Cybercore Technologies/AFCEA/NPower
  • Morgan State University/Siemens (winner)
  • Wheelabrator Baltimore/Williams and Hunter Services Inc./Ministers Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity

Mentorship

  • Colleen Vacelet
  • Fearless (winner)
  • Hutch (winner)
  • Innovation Works (winner)
  • Mahogany Inc.

Successful Minority or Women-Owned Businesses

  • Alderson Loop
  • Baltimore MBDA Business Center
  • Boulevard Contractors Corp.
  • Bravura Information Technology Systems
  • Cllctivly (winner)
  • Cuples Tea House (winner)
  • D&L Cleanup
  • Earth Elements Soapworks (winner)
  • Global Alliant Inc.
  • Inge Benevolent Ministries Healthy Solutions
  • Intreegue Design
  • Liza Byrd Boutique (winner)
  • Mayson-Dixon Companies Modern Builders
  • Michele’s Granola (winner)
  • Omni Strategy, LLC (winner)
  • Peacox Design
  • Right at Home Baltimore (winner)
  • Stella May Contracting
  • The Cube Cowork (winner)

Elijah E. Cummings Leadership Diversity Award

  • Phil Croskey

Started in 2003, the GBC’s Bridging the Gap initiative 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 minority and women-owned businesses in Greater Baltimore succeed and grow.

Each year, through the Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards, the GBC recognizes exceptional minority, women-owned, majority businesses and executives who nurture the development of minority and women-owned businesses in Greater Baltimore.