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Kamran and Anna Karbassiyoon, owners of Sir Speedy Printing of Roanoke, discovered earlier this year that recent growth of their successful downtown business made the original building too small. They needed additional space to accommodate their new business document management services and equipment. According to Anna, “Sir Speedy approached a point where we had to relocate to a larger facility to accommodate the needs of our customers as well as own growth for the future.” A two-story, 12,000 square foot building at 22 West Church Avenue in Roanoke was purchased and the first floor was renovated for Sir Speedy Printing operation. The new facility opened in May 2004.

Anna was born in Italy. When she was 15 years old, her father was transferred to Santiago, Chile where they lived for seven years. In 1979 she came back to the United States to attend graduate school and received a masters’ degree in chemistry. It was in graduate school that she and Kamran met. Shortly... Read More

Following 10 years service as a U.S. Naval Officer on various ships as well as the U.S. Naval Safety Center, and nearly 20 years working for a large government contractor, Mike McCarley started his own government contracting business in Prince William County, Virginia. ICI, LLC is an 8(a)/SDB, Veteran-Owned small business providing engineering and technical support to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and other Federal Agencies. ICI’s staff serves clients nationally and internationally in the following areas: Professional Engineering Services, Environmental Services, Program Management, Base Operating Support Services (BOSS), Field Service Engineering, and Information Technology. ICI’s managers offer experience across a wide spectrum of defense and technical specialties, often exploring unique and innovative solutions.

In its early stages ICI, LLC, like all small businesses, struggled with initial capitalization. Mr. McCarley funded the business by mortgaging... Read More

After 12 years working as an army nurse, Khedijah Iman Vidal retired to life as a civilian in 1998. Her years in service gave her a basis in administration and discipline and provided her with a lifetime of adventures, both good and bad. During her military career she served in Desert Storm and Desert Shield, Operation Restore Hope in Mogadishu, Somalia.

After retiring, she settled in Atlanta, GA and returned to school at the Art Institute of Atlanta. There she pursued degrees in both video production and multimedia. Khedijah graduated with honors in 2001 at age 47 and earned several prestigious awards, including "Most Contributions to the Video Department" award and "Best of Show" for her portfolio. Her work is still featured in the student handbook and shown during the annual open house at the Art Institute of Atlanta.

After graduating, Khedijah continued with several note-worthy projects she begun while in school, including Tyler Perry's Play "Diary of a... Read More

G. LaVern Jackson, President and CEO of Joint Logistics Managers, Inc. of Prince George, Virginia was named 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Metropolitan Business League’s at their annual awards ceremony on January 15, 2005. The award recognizes a business owner who has demonstrated growth of a company through increasing its number of employees, revenues and sales or locations of a business.

JLMI is a minority, woman and veteran owned corporation founded in December 1999 and certified under SBA’s 8(a) program in January 2001. Corporate oversight and management of their worldwide logistics support network is provided from JLMI’s headquarters in Prince George, VA.

Ms. Jackson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from North Carolina Central University, a Masters of Education Administration from Virginia State University and a Graduate Studies degree in Management and Military Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort... Read More