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A Master of Many


LMG Construction specializes in military construction, commercial plumbing, construction management, and civil engineering work.

 Lisa Garney, a lawyer and certified master plumber, founded LMG Construction in 2007. As the daughter and granddaughter of master plumbers, the construction business always played a big role in her life. She drew from her legal, real estate development, and project management experience to return to her family roots in commercial plumbing and general construction. In doing so, she revitalized a 100-year family tradition of meeting the needs of clients in a continually evolving industry.

 LMG Construction is certified in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) HUBZone program.  The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses located in distressed urban and rural communities gain access to federal set-aside contracts and sole source contracts, as well as a price evaluation preference in... Read More

“What if I put positive affirmations on the toes of socks . . . then at least twice a day, the person wearing them would see those words and improve his or her well-being without even trying?” Laura Schmidt asked this question while on a road trip with her feet on the car dashboard, and Notes to Self, LLC was conceptualized. Through market research, Schmidt confirmed that the subconscious mind is most accessible early in the morning and late at night, times when people put on and take off socks. Schmidt designed her first prototype labeled “I am awesome,” and the first pair was sold in August 2011. The growing sock line shares messages including “I am smart,” “I am awesome,” “I am strong,” and “I am perfectly me.” The notes to self® line is sold in over 1,000 retail locations nationwide and online. While they are popular among students, athletes, and adults, Schmidt’s goal has been to get the socks on the feet of those who are not routinely guided by positive thinking.... Read More


When you find an untapped niche, a hobby can quickly grow into a profitable enterprise. That’s what owner Nicki Pierce learned when she created Hooked on Ornaments. The company sells Hallmark ornaments on the secondary market through its e-commerce site. Hooked on Ornaments specializes in discontinued, retired and collectible ornaments.


Ms. Pierce began her enterprise as a home-based business. However, due to her hard work, rapid growth ensued and she decided to move into a commercial space to accommodate her ever enlarging stock. As the company’s growth continued, Ms. Pierce purchased her own building. Hooked on Ornaments now occupies a 9,000 square foot building which includes an office, the warehouse and a shipping facility.


As a savvy e-commerce business owner, Ms. Pierce strives to keep up with market and technology changes.


“Always be looking for a better, more customer-friendly, and profitable way to do things,” said... Read More


P/Strada, is a woman veteran-owned business, which began operating in 2001, that specializes in structure and processes which assist organizations and individuals in achieving higher potential and greater success in their current environment. Teaching people and organizations to optimize their existing skill base - before they undertake organizational development processes such as training and personnel changes is P/Strada’s philosophy for success. 

“Right now, especially in today’s difficult economy, we are teaching companies to embrace their current employees,” Patrice W. Manuel, owner and Executive Director of P/Strada explained. “Everything used to be about ROI, but it’s really about the value someone brings to the table. We teach companies how to maximize the people they have instead of just getting new people.”

Patrice Manuel is a retired military officer with over 20 years’ experience in project management and organizational development.  Ms.... Read More