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Kara DiPietro Honored as 2017 MD Small Business Person of the Year

2017 MD Small Business Person of the Year

Teacher Transformation

A lifelong love of learning led Kara DiPietro’s transformation from elementary school teacher to student of business. Kara started teaching right out of college and was quite content. It wasn’t until her father, Gerry Dzurek, founder of  Hospitality Millwork Construction (HMC), Inc., asked her if she had interest in taking over the family business that she transitioned from teacher to student.

HMC is a design build firm in Columbia, Md. that customizes millwork for large food service operations such as hospital cafeterias. HMC designs and builds innovative unique café and dining facilities that maximize opportunities for innovation, functionality and design; from the back of the house (kitchen) to the serving stations and dining room. The business had been doing quite well for over 20 years when Gerry sought to open another office in Los Angeles... Read More

Patrick Munis of New Wave Technologies Speaks After Being Named 2016 MD Small Business Person of the Year

     You’d be hard pressed to find a better living illustration of the American Dream than Patrick B. Munis, CEO and President, of NewWave Telecom and Technologies Inc., in Elkridge, Md. As a small child, Patrick and his family immigrated to the United States from Lagos, Nigeria.  He devoted himself to his studies, ultimately attending college and majoring in both Computer Science and Mathematics. His love of learning and self-improvement continued and he went on to receive his Executive MBA at MIT while operating NewWave full-time.

     Founded in 2004, and certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as an 8(a) Small Business, NewWave is a full-service Information Technology (IT) and Business Services company. They specialize in developing mission-critical Healthcare IT solutions using state-of-the-art technologies. NewWave introduces technical innovation and expertise in a wide variety of large-scale, data-driven, and analytic engagements across the... Read More

Local Company Moves People & Makes Profits

Baltimore, MD—Taylor Made Transportation Services, Inc., formed on July 8, 1996, is a full-service transportation provider located in Baltimore, Md. Allen Taylor, CEO, opened his business to provide a much-needed service for his community, providing door-to-door transportation services for children, the elderly and persons with disabilities. Over the past fifteen years, he has grown the business beyond traditional door-to-door transportation services. Allen now also offers transportation consulting, logistical and courier services and recently added ambulance and emergency management technician services.

Some may wonder how Allen has achieved so much in such a short time frame. His answer is simple; he used the many free, government-based resources available to the small business community. In particular, Allen applied for and became certified as an SBA 8(a) firm, Small Disadvantaged Business and received HUBZone certification. Each of these programs is designed to assist... Read More

Ginny Williams
archSCAN, LLC,
Annapolis, MD
(410) 974-8183

"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade" – living by that credo has helped make Ginny Williams the 2011 Maryland Small Business Person of the Year. Williams, Managing Partner and Founder of archSCAN, LLC in Annapolis, Maryland, became a business owner out of necessity. She was just five years away from her planned retirement when her position as Regional Sales Manager at a blueprinting company was eliminated. She had enjoyed a successful career in the construction industry where she had done everything from wallpaper hanging and interior design to reprographics and electronic archiving. She was anticipating a slower pace and more recreation with her pending retirement but suddenly, she wasn't sure what her future held. Then the phone rang.

She received a call from a former client, the Archdiocese of Baltimore, asking for her assistance in... Read More