ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND. October 20, 2017.
The Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council has named DSFederal CEO Sophia Parker as a 2017 Top 100 MBE® winner. This award recognizes owners of minority business enterprises in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia for exceptional entrepreneurial accomplishments, high levels of professionalism, and substantial contributions to their communities.
Since 2007, the Top 100 MBE Awards® have recognized and celebrated the creativity and innovation of regional MBEs, role models who inspire entire communities.
The Top 100 MBE Awards® will be presented at the CRMSDC’s 36th Annual Leaders and Legends Awards Ceremony, on November 2nd at the MGM National Harbor. Sharon R. Pinder, CRMSDC’s president and CEO, says, “Our board of directors and our members congratulate the 2017 Top 100 MBEs® on their stellar accomplishments.”
CRMSDC is celebrating its 45th anniversary as a not-for-profit economic development organization that supports growth in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia through programs and services that help corporations enhance the diversity and innovation of their supply chains. CRMSDC connects corporate and government members to well-established, certified minority-owned business enterprises. Through a rigorous certification process, CRMSDC certifies that MBE suppliers are at least 51% owned, controlled, and operated by ethnic minorities. The organization also offers education and advice to certified businesses; and creates strategic opportunities for corporate members and certified MBEs to connect for the purpose of doing business.
Established in 1972, CRMSDC is one of 23 regional affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, the only nationally recognized MBE certifying authority. CRMSDC is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland. CRMSDC also operates two programs funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA):
The MBDA Business Center in Washington D.C., which helps minority-owned firms create jobs, compete in the global economy, and grow their businesses.
The Federal Procurement Center, which is the nation’s only federally funded program dedicated solely to assisting MBEs with obtaining Federal contracts.
Together, these organization form the CRMSDC MBE Business Consortium, the largest provider of MBE support services in the region.
DSFederal CEO Sophia Parker writes “We are so honored and pleased to receive this recognition from CRMSDC, and we share their commitment to supporting diversity in business. DSFederal's employee population is over 60% female, and most of our employees are also members of racial or ethnic minorities. We are headquartered in one of the most diverse population areas in the United States, and I believe that our diversity—as a company and as a community--makes us strong."
Founded in 2007, DSFederal is a 160-person woman-owned small business (WOSB) headquartered in Rockville, Maryland. With world-class technical expertise, a broad understanding of its clients’ missions, and a passion for making the world a better place, DSFederal offers research, IT, business process improvement, and training solutions that help clients to improve health and safety for people around the world. Through leading-edge capabilities in data analytics, training, mobile development, and process improvement, DSFederal “connects the dots” between data, organizations, outcomes, and individuals. DSFederal is in business for one reason: To make the world a better place.