Does Your Business Need A Makeover?

WI Staff | 10/18/2010, 6:30 p.m.

5th anniversary celebration includes ultimate business makeover

Every business, no matter how big or small, sometimes an extra push to take it to its next level. Generally a transformation requires a team of experts and hundreds of thousands of dollars to complete. One lucky business owner will win the opportunity for a free makeover at this year's Top 100 MBE Award Ceremony.
"Since this is our 5th anniversary, we decided to revive the reality TV show we produced five years ago", said Sharon R. Pinder, CEO, Center for Business Inclusion and Diversity, and founder of the Top 100 MBE Awards. "At the end of the award ceremony we will select one of the Top 100 award winners to receive an Ultimate Business Makeover."

A business makeover is about more than just looks. No matter how successful a business is it is always prudent to bring in outside experts who can look at a business with fresh eyes and propose new ideas or improve on the ideas that are working. The purpose of the business makeover is to assist a business owner by providing essential business services they might otherwise be unable to afford.

"We are giving the winner of the Ultimate Business Makeover a suite of services worth more than $100,000." said Pinder. "This will help the business become more competitive and marketable."

Two business owners, who were awarded similar makeovers when the TV show was aired, strongly believe the makeover was the catalyst they needed to achieve success.

"The makeover provided me the impetus to bring my business to levels I never dreamed were achievable. In two short years we went from needing a makeover to receiving millions of dollars in contracts from of the federal government", said Michelle Bell, President, 1st Choice Staffing Agency.

Errol Taylor of Charm City Catering agrees. "The level of attention my business and I received as a result of the makeover substantially increased my business. I looked and felt more professional and I was fully armed with tools for success."

The business owner selected for the Ultimate Business Makeover at the award ceremony will be the recipient of prizes including:

Web site development and technology consultation--- COMSO Inc.

Breakfast with Christian S. Johansson, Secretary of Business and Economic Development

Financial Consult --SB and Company, LLC.

1yr-subscription of marketing and product services through Constant Contact, Inc.

Personal Services with About Faces Day Spa and Salon

Golf lessons with Teemac's golf pro Al Wilson

Succession Planning --- PNC Bank

Legal Advice --- Whiteford Taylor and Preston

Marketing and Branding Services --- The Pinder Group and greiBO Media

Suit by Marilyn Johnson Design Studio

Travel Award by Southwest Airlines good for any location Southwest Airlines flies

Leadership Training through UMUC'S National Leadership Institute, a network associate of the Center for Creative Leadership which is ranked among nation's top 10 leadership research and education institutions

The Top 100 MBE Awards were created to recognize those enterprising women and minority entrepreneurs who fuel the region's economy through their innovation, sacrifices and dedication. It is mid-Atlantic region's only recognition program of its kind. Nominations are received from the region's many chambers of commerce, professional organizations, government agencies and the general public. These awards honor entrepreneurs from the States of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.

The Top 100 MBE Award ceremony will be held this Thursday, October 21st, at 5:30 p.m. at the UMUC Conference Center in Adelphi Maryland. There are a limited number of tickets still available online at www.top100mbe.com

"This is our fifth year, and the program continues to grow." said Pinder, "This year we received almost 5,000 nominations. A team of distinguished judges reviewed the applications and scored the applicants based on several factors: success and innovation in their business, involvement in professional and business organizations, and the breadth of their community involvement.

The 100 individuals who scored the highest were selected as the region's Top 100 MBEs . Throughout the year our programs support the minority and women business community by providing training resources and scholarships for minority students"

In addition to honoring the region's Top 100 MBEs, awards will also given to Business Legends, Major General (Ret) Roger Blunt, CEO Essex Construction, LLC and Tony Jimenez, CEO, MicroTech. These men are seasoned business owners who have reached a pinnacle and are role models for other entrepreneurs

The Parren J. Mitchell Vanguard for Justice Award which is named for the late Congressman who was responsible for creating the federal set-aside for MBEs will go to Robert Dashiell, a pioneer of Maryland's MBE program. Special Advocate award winners are Christian Johansson, secretary, Maryland Department of business and Economic development, and Lee Smith, Director of the District of Columbia's Office of Small and Local Business Development.

"Another surprise this year", says Pinder "is the winner of our Prestige Award, which we present to honor an entrepreneur for a life-time of achievement and inspiration. We decided to keep this award winner a secret this year and not announce it until the award ceremony. Past winners of this award have included jazz great, Kim Waters and Charles "Roc" Dutton."

Sponsors of the Top 100 MBE Award include: HMS Host, Whiting-Turner Contracting, SouthWest Airlines, PNC Bank, the State of Maryland, The U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau, Pepco, SB & Company, Whiteford Taylor & Preston, LLC, and the Injured Workers Insurance Fund.

To get a flavor of one of our past events, please view this clip on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BUlZ3A33aQ

About the Producers:

The Center for Business Inclusion and Diversity (CBID) (www.cbidinc.org) is a non-profit organization (501(c) 3 pending) representing the interests of underutilized business sectors of the region's economic base.

CBID's mission is to:

1. Educate the public about the contributions women and minority entrepreneurs have made to this country from both an economic and social perspective; and

2. Advocate for and assist women and minority entrepreneurs in fulfilling their dreams of economic independence through business ownership.

We accomplish our mission, in part, by publicizing the successes of these businesses through events such as the annual Top 100 MBE Awards; by conducting research and collecting data documenting these successes; influencing public policy development; and providing training and advice to individual entrepreneurs. Sharon R. Pinder is the Center's Founder and CEO.

The Top 100 MBE awards were created to recognize those enterprising women and minority entrepreneurs that fuel this nation's economy through their innovation, sacrifices, and dedication. These business owners are living their dreams and making significant contributions to their clients, professions, industries and communities.

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