Press Release: Greater Baltimore Committee Announces Winners of the 2022 Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards

Amy Burke Friedman, PROFILES
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The Greater Baltimore Committee, today, announced the recipients of its annual Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards, which are issued annually to recognize exceptional majority, minority and women-owned businesses and executives who nurture the development of minority and women-owned businesses in Greater Baltimore and Maryland.

During the event, held this morning at Morgan State University, the Greater Baltimore Committee recognized 19 businesses and executives in the following categories: Successful Minority- or Women-Owned Business, Diversity in Leadership, Innovative Partnership or Strategic Alliance, Community Impact, and Mentorship.

In addition, this year, the Greater Baltimore Committee selected Maryland House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore) as the recipient of the 2022 Elijah E. Cummings Diversity in Leadership Award, presented to an individual or organization who has consistently demonstrated support for small, minority and/or women-owned businesses and has worked tirelessly with them to achieve success, business growth and development.

This year’s Bridging the Gap Achievement Award winners are:

Successful Minority- or Women-Owned Business

  • All Pro Vending, Inc.
  • Exclusive Motorcars, LLC
  • Fzata, Inc.
  • Ironshore Contracting
  • NRG Hair Studio
  • Old Major
  • Root Branch Media Group
  • The Nelson Ideation Group, LLC
  • The Sandy Bottom Enterprises, LLC
  • The Santiago Carrera Realtor Group

Diversity in Leadership 

  • Prime AE Group, Inc.

Innovative Partnership or Strategic Alliance

  • Building Baltimore The Turner-Mahogany Story
  • Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program
  • Maryland Innovation Initiative

Community Impact 

  • Northern Real Estate Urban Ventures
  • The Storybook Maze Project, Inc.
  • UniFIED Efforts


  • Linda L. Singh

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.

This year’s awards program received 39 nominations. This year’s program sponsors include: Morgan State University, BGE, University of Maryland Medical System, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, MedStar Health, Southwest Airlines, Whiting-Turner, Kaiser Permanente, Howard Hughes Corporation, The Daily Record. For more information on the Bridging the Gap initiative and to view past award recipients, visit