Sixteen finalists announced for the GBC�s ‘Bridging the Gap’ awards

Sixteen finalists have been selected for the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Fourth Annual Bridging the Gap Awards for minority business achievement.

Winners will be announced at an awards presentation event on November 15 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture in Baltimore, Md. Senator Verna Jones will deliver the keynote address. The awards event, which begins at 6 p.m., will recognize outstanding minority-owned and women-owned firms as well as majority businesses or business executives that have nurtured the development of minority businesses in the Baltimore region.

“By honoring successful minority and women-owned businesses and others in our region who show strong commitment to diversity, we underscore the economic case for making minority business development a high priority,” said GBC president and CEO Donald C. Fry. “Our region’s economic future depends on all of its business resources being fully-engaged.”

Awards will be presented for three categories: successful minority businesses that deserve recognition for outstanding achievement; corporations or individual business executives that have shown leadership in the area of inclusive business practices; and partnerships or strategic alliances that generate new business opportunities for minority-owned or women-owned firms.

Finalists for the Fourth Annual Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards are:

Minority-owned Businesses
Correct Rx
Ellen H. Yankellow, President & CEO

ETC Information Inc.
Gary Matthews, President

Mary Kraft & Associates
Mary Kraft, CEO

Heart and Soul
Edwin Avent, President, CEO & Publisher

Intelect Corporation
Rohit H. Patel, CEO

Modern Medical Products, Inc. 
Ernest M. Soden III, CEO

Telecommunications Systems, Inc.
Maurice B. Tose’, CEO

The Signature Group
Annie L. Burton-Byrd, CEO

Sterling Construction
Sterling C. Crockett, CEO

Vaughn Greene Funeral Services
Vaughn C. Greene, President & Founder

Majority-owned Businesses
Deloitte & Touche
Barry Salzberg, CEO
Mr. Bruce C. Arensmeier, Partner

M&T Bank
Atwood ‘Woody’ Collins III, President and COO

Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse
Bill Struever, CEO

Partnerships and strategic alliances
Clark Construction and Banks Construction
Peter C. Forster, CEO, Clark Construction; Kenneth Banks, President, Banks Construction

University of Maryland Medical Systems and Black Classics Press
Edmond Notebaert, President & CEO, University of Maryland Medical Systems; W. Paul Coates, President, Black Classics Press

University of Maryland Medical Systems and Modern Medical Products, Inc. 
Edmond Notebaert, President & CEO, University of Maryland Medical Systems; Ernest M. Soden III, CEO, Modern Medical Products, Inc. 

The GBC’s 4-year-old “Bridging the Gap” initiative focuses on strengthening the growth of minority-owned and women-owned businesses in Baltimore. Studies show that more than $5 billion in increased annual sales and 32,000 jobs would be created if the Baltimore region’s minority business sector could develop to a level comparable to other regions of its size.

A special section on the “Bridging the Gap” initiative will be published on November 2 in the Baltimore Times and the Daily Record.

For information on the Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards or event tickets, call Kisha Lashley at 410-727-2820.

Sponsors of the Bridging the Gap Awards are: GBC Corporate Sponsor MedStar Health; Gold Sponsors Comcast, M&T Bank, and University of Maryland Medical Systems; and Bronze Sponsors Johns Hopkins Medicine, Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, Legg Mason, Mahogany Inc., Maryland Hospital Association, Miles & Stockbridge, Saul Ewing, VPC, Inc.

Media Sponsors are the Baltimore Times and the Daily Record.

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