Twenty-four finalists announced for the GBC’s ‘Bridging the Gap’ awards

Twenty-four finalists have been selected for the Greater Baltimore Committee’s fifth annual Bridging the Gap Awards for minority business achievement.

Winners will be announced at an awards presentation event on October 8 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture in Baltimore, Md. The awards event, which begins at 6 p.m., will recognize outstanding minority-owned and women-owned firms as well as majority businesses and executives for their efforts to nurture the development of minority businesses in the Baltimore region.

“This year the Bridging the Gap initiative celebrates its fifth anniversary,” said GBC President and CEO, Donald C. Fry. “We have made great strides over the years, and that is reflected through the high caliber of nominations that we received this year,” said Fry. “There is much work to be done in fully engaging the region’s economy, but the future is promising. Expanding minority and women-owned business opportunities are a tremendous opportunity for economic growth that must be aggressively pursued.”

Awards will be presented in four 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; partnerships or strategic alliances that generate new business opportunities for minority-owned or women-owned firms; and a new president’s award.

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

Minority/Women-Owned Business
Audacious Inquiry, LLC; Christopher Brandt, managing partner
BITHGROUP Technologies, Inc.; Robert L. Wallace, president & CEO
Caring Through The Spiritual Eye, Inc.; Shirell Tyner, executive director
Health Management Association, Inc.; Evelyn LaAsmar, president
HR Anew, Inc.; Deborah Stallings, president & CEO
Immediate System Resources, Inc.; June Smith, president
Integrity Title and Escrow Co. LLC; Shina Parker, owner & CEO
Project PLASE, Inc.; Mary C. Slicher, executive director
Randall and Sonnier, LLC; Kendra Randall-Jolivet, owner, and Yolanda F. Sonnier, owner
REJ & Associates, Inc.; Elliott A. Wiley, president & CEO
Stella May Contracting, Inc.; Stella M. Miller, president
The Squires Group, Inc.; Nancy Squires, CEO

Majority-Owned Business
CAM Consruction Co. Inc.; M. Marc Munafo, president
Johns Hopkins Health System; Kenneth Grant, vice president, general services
KAWG&F, P.A.; Alvin D. Katz, CPA, president and CEO
M&T Bank; Atwood “Woody” Collins III, president & COO

Partnership or Strategic Alliance
East Baltimore Development Inc.; John (Jack) T. Shannon, president & CEO
Forest City-New East Baltimore Partnership, LLC
Anthony Ambridge, principal, Lambda Development
Kenneth Banks, president, Banks Contracting Company, Inc.
Dean S. Harrison, president & CEO, Harrison Development, LLC
Scott Levitan, senior vice president, Forest City –New East Baltimore Partnership, Inc.
Dan Wilkinson, CEO, The Wilkinson Group, LLC

NEW! – President’s Award
Thomas B. Corey, Esq., chief, Minority and Women Business Opportunity Office, Baltimore City
Donald M. Glover, principal, DM Global Communications
Franklin M. Lee, partner, Tydings and Rosenberg, LLP
Stella M. Miller, president, Stella May Contracting, Inc.
Anthony Ruiz, regional director, Maryland Small Business Development Center Network–Capital Region
Paul Taylor, executive director, Baltimore City Small Business Resource Center

The GBC’s five-year-old “Bridging the Gap” initiative focuses on strengthening the growth of minority-owned and women-owned businesses in Baltimore.

A special section on the “Bridging the Gap” initiative will be published on September 26 in the Daily Record and October 3 in the Baltimore Times.

Sponsors for the GBC’s 2008 Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards are: GBC 2008 Corporate Sponsor University of Maryland, Baltimore; Ambassador Sponsor MedStar Health; Gold Sponsors Legg Mason and The University of Maryland Medical System; Bronze Sponsors Baltimore Development Corporation, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc., Johns Hopkins Medicine, Kelly & Associates Insurance Group / KTBSPayroll, LifeBridge Health, Maryland Hospital Association, M&T Bank, Saul Ewing, and VPC, Inc.; and Media Sponsors Baltimore Business Journal, The Baltimore Times, and The Daily Record.

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