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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

Lily Bengfort, CEO and President
Consulting and Engineering Next Generation Networks (CenGen, Inc.)
9250 Bendix Road, North
Columbia, MD 21045
(410) 715-1300

“Think big, move fast and implement smart!” That’s the mantra by which Lily Bengfort, President of Consulting and Engineering Next Generation Networks (CenGen, Inc.) in Columbia, Md., has achieved entrepreneurial success through a combination of innate business savvy, exceptional leadership and intense determination.  

Ms. Bengfort’s business philosophy encapsulates CenGen’s approach to its mission of creating communication network solutions and evaluating emerging technologies. Their mission is to save lives by providing the best communications possible to the men and women serving their country, from First Responders to the First Infantry Division. CenGen is in the business of building bridges: between radios, networks, legacy and leading... Read More

Small Business Owner Receives Disaster Loan

John and Rayetta Price, owners of Skipper’s Pier Restaurant in Deale, Md., understand only too well the appropriateness of the Phoenix Award they received from the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2005. The Phoenix Award, named after the mythological bird consumed by fire later to rise renewed from the ashes, is presented to those individuals whose efforts and contributions have enabled their businesses to recover successfully from a disaster.

In September 2003, a tropical storm, the remnants of Hurricane Isabel, deposited three feet of flood water in their restaurant destroying the main dining deck and pier. The entire property was covered with tons of debris.

“Until you go through that experience you have no concrete basis on how to prepare. It is difficult to appreciate what you will face,” said Price. “We thought we had prepared. We boarded up the windows, filled sandbags and placed them around the property, but it was not enough. We relied on historical... Read More