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-, 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 16 winners of 2014 Bridging the Gap Awards for outstanding achievement by minority-owned and woman-owned businesses and for exemplary support of minority business development during December 8 awards ceremonies at the Grand Historic Venue in Baltimore.

Bridging the Gap Award winners in four award categories are:

Minority-owned/woman-owned business for outstanding achievement

  • Devaney and Associates
  • Juxtopia LLC
  • Mahan Rykiel Associates
  • Richman Associates, LLC
  • Sue Ann’s Office Supply
  • Urban Policy Development
  • Verve Partnership

Majority-owned business or business leader demonstrating inclusive business practices

  • BGE
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Successful partnerships and strategic alliances

  • Black Classic Press/BCP Digital Printing and Pearson
  • SRB Communications and BGE
  • Turner Construction Company, Cain Contracting Company and Essex Construction Company

President’s Award

  • University of Maryland Medical System

Also honored as Bridging the Gap Award finalists were:

Minority-owned or woman-owned businesses: Absolute Staffers; Axiom Engineering Design; Dejuan Enterprises, LLC; Express Brokers Realty, Inc.; JLN Construction Services, LLC; Medical Home Development Group; Plexus Installations, Inc.; Sheila Lee and Associates, LLC; Urban Psychological Services; and Waddy Accounting.

Majority-owned business that show leadership in the area of inclusive practices: Turner Construction Company.

Partnerships and strategic alliances: Plexus Installations, Inc. and Veolia Energy Baltimore Heating, LLP.


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