- The awardees in the 4 categories were chosen from a list of business owners, business and community leaders. The winners of the 2013 Awards were announced at RIBBAs 2nd Annual Awards Gala. This event was held recently at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, Rhode Island.
The Awardees for 2013 Awards were:
George T. Downing Business Leadership Award
- Francis Andersson, President/CEO of Globex Industries, Inc, Providence RI based construction management and general contracting company. This company is involved with green building industry and is partnering with National Grid and Rise Engineering in the Energy Wise program, fostering energy efficiency in residential housing.
The Allen Brothers Business Award
- Dominion Pest Control, Gerald E. Perkins. This company was founded by Gerald E. Perkins in 1998, growing the business at record levels and is now affiliate of New England and National Pest Control Associations. Company's affordable rates in recessed economy make this company a great competitor in the industry and a major, distinguished minority business.
Isaac Rice Entrepreneurship Award
- Fernando Tavares, owner of Tavares, LLC, founded 2007. His story is reflective of US story. Migrant from Cape Verde, settled Providence RI and lived an American dream. Labored and trained in major construction industry, opened own business, grew business consistently in RI and MA, despite economic conditions, and continues to give back to the community with employment of minorities and service to all our community.
Christiana Bannister Community Service Award
- Ardena Lee-Fleming, Regional Director at the RI Small Business Development Center at Johnston & Wales University, in her distinguished public service contributed to the development of job creation and workforce training, enabling retention of jobs. Providence events have increased from 34 to 300 in past seven years in capacity with Convention Center and RISBDSC-JWU. She was a barrier buster for the community as Deputy Director Community Relations in the Governor's Office.
Corporation of the Year Award
- Navigant Credit Union, a major community bank, the oldest credit union in Rhode Island has distinguished their business by growing Navigant business, creating jobs. Navigant historically supports communities with financial products and services in demand, access to capital, and resourcefulness to community needs; thereby earning a reputation as a problem solver and solution responder.
This momentous event with a packed house, featured a keynote speaker, Dr. Randall Pinkett - Founder, Chairman & CEO of BCT Partners. He is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, and scholar and community servant. Dr. Pinkett congratulated business for their tenacity, perseverance, and ingenuity in venturing with small business. He offered wisdom to audience about traits to embrace as business leaders, models to follow in these changing times, skills to acquire and demonstrate as leaders of the community. His address excited, inspired and educated all attendees on effective and successful small business development.
RIBBA is the united voice and leader of the Black/African American business community in Rhode Island. We are dedicated to enhancing the growth and economic development by providing a forum for competitive participation in the local and global economy.
For more information, visit www.ri-bba.com or call Lisa Ranglin, President at 401.465.3669.
- George T. Downing Business Leadership Award: Presented to an influential Black/African American business leader who has a proven track record of making a difference in the workplace and who plays a strong leadership role in the community by serving industry associations and community organizations.
- The Allen Brothers Business Award: Presented to a Black/African American business for developing an outstanding, growing business; innovative product(s) and/or service, increasing jobs, overcoming adversity, and community contributions.
- Christiana Joyaux Bannister Community Service Award: Presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding services to the community, society and humanity.
- Isaac Rice Entrepreneurship Award: Presented to a Black/African American individual who has no more than 3 years
All winners announced at the 2nd Annual RIBBA Gala.
CONTACT: Lisa Ranglin, President
Rhode Island Black Business Association (RIBBA)
Telephone # (401) 4653669
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