Small Business Person of the Year!

Dr. Rajan Natarajan of Global Alliant, Inc.

In less than four years, Rajan has added 60 employees, with sales skyrocketing to over $9 million, obtaining SBA’s 8(a) certification and state minority small business certifications were key elements of Rajan’s business plan, he secured government contracts with NOAA, Department of Human Services, and among others.

Accountant Advocate Award

Richard Thomas

Attorney Advocate Award

Geoffrey Washington

Entrepreneurial Success Award

John Graham

Financial Services Champion Award

Lyndsae’ Peele

Insurance Advocate Award

Joseph Morgan

Small Business Person of the Year Award

Dr. Rajan Natarajan of Global Alliant, Inc.

Having a successful career in bioscience research, resulting in over 50 research publications and a US patent, along with serving as Maryland Deputy Secretary of State and Maryland Commissioner of Transportation.

Rising Star Student Entrepreneur Award

Kelsey Parker

Veteran Owned Small Business Award

Carl Neimeyer

Young Entrepreneur Award

Vinessa Williams

Woman-Owned Small Business Award

Betsy Cerulo

Skillfully grown her management consulting firm from a one-woman show to now employing 70, having crediting her success to surrounding herself with an excellent team.

Small Business Exporter Award

Kenneth Sanchez

Having produces over 20,000 tons of steel abrasives and high density materials per year, currently exporting to over 30 countries. In total, 25% of sales are generated through exporting.

Family-Owned Small Business Award

Anna & Charles Radle

Transformed their small kennel into one of the largest full-service pet care facilities in the area.

Home-Based Small Business Award

Terry Woodfolk

Operating a daycare in her home for over 20 years, growing from one to four classrooms with renovations and modifications.

Minority Owned Small Business Award

Elizabeth Kemp Caulder

Created a marketing and communications plan for the United Nation’s Secretary General’s panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment.

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