An instructional coaching service for schools and a consulting business that helps organizations better understand people with disabilities were among the local businesses and organizations recognized by the Metropolitan Business League at its annual awards dinner.
The Metropolitan Business League, which serves small, minority- and women-owned businesses in central Virginia, held its 27th annual awards reception and dinner at the John Marshall Ballrooms in downtown Richmond on Friday. More than 300 people attended.
Awards were given in 12 categories. The awards and recipients were:
- Chairman’s Leadership Award, given for significant contributions to the MBL: Reginald F. Lewis College of Business at Virginia State University;
- One to Watch award: The Flower Guy Bron, a boutique florist business;
- League Leadership Award: ReeSources Inc. and J&G Workforce Development & Consulting LLC;
- Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year: EdConnective, an online, instructional coaching service for K-12 teachers;
- Nonprofit partner of the year: Girls for a Change, which has a mission to inspire African-American and other girls of color;
- Social Vision Award: 6 Wheels Consulting, a consulting service that works with organizations to find inclusive, common-sense and cost-effective solutions to help them better support individuals with disabilities.
- Trailblazing Partnership Award: Indispensable Marketing and Visual Appeal LLC;
- Vision of Excellence Award (Corporate Partner of the Year): Hourigan Construction;
- Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Antoinette Smith of Summa-Dis-N-Summa-Dat catering;
- Master Entreprenuer Of The Year: Connie Hom, owner of Buckingham Greenery;
- MBL Member of the Year: Marion Marketing Global, a marketing firm; and
- Oliver Singleton Humanitarian Award: Sharon Dabney-Wooldridge, founder of Kleane Kare Team Inc. who served as MBL’s interim director from April 2016 to August 2017 after the death of former CEO Oliver R.H. Singleton.