Leading The Pack - Black Enterprise

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Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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Amid the lingering aftereffects of the recent recession, certain savvy business owners are emerging from the miasma stronger than ever. They’ve managed to keep their ventures afloat and grow them by adapting to difficult times. These stalwart businesses, led by die-hard entrepreneurs, are poised to shift into high gear and lead the way to recovery as America’s business conditions continue to improve.

The 2003 winners of the BLACK ENTERPRISE Small Business Awards are among those hearty entrepreneurs. Presented during the 2003 Black Enterprise/ Microsoft Entrepreneurs Conference in May at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, this year’s winners are: John Sterling of Synch-Solutions Inc., Colleen Payne-Nabors of Mobile Cardiac Imaging L.L.C., Orlando Robinson of D&D Innovations Inc., and Kenya James of Blackgirl Magazine. In selecting these winners, BE’s editors analyzed dozens of business models and surveys to select those who embody the spirit of black entrepreneurship. Over the next four pages, we’ll present them to you. For more information about the 2004 conference or to nominate a small business award candidate, call 800-543-6786.

John Sterling
Emerging Company of the Year
John Sterling is gracious about winning the BLACK ENTERPRISE Emerging Company of the Year award; he’s not even thinking about resting on his laurels. The award, which recognizes businesses that are poised for future growth because they’ve carved out a special niche or have adopted creative marketing techniques, was given to Sterling as part of BE’s Small Business Awards.

Chicago-based Synch-Solutions Inc. provides systems integration solutions and implementation strategies with services that include business process design, application development, project management, and training to ensure that institutions run more efficiently through the use of technology. With 63 employees, the firm’s revenue has grown from $1 million in 2000 to $6 million in 2001 and $13 million in 2002. Sterling predicts continued growth for 2003.

“We are on track for revenues of right around $20 million for the year,” says Sterling. Much of that growth is expected to come from its business continuity services that allow companies and government agencies to continue to function off-site in the event of a catastrophe. “We’re going very deep into the homeland security arena.”

Sterling anticipates seeing his firm rank among America’s largest black-owned businesses. “In 10 years, I imagine we’ll be nationwide and have over $100 million in revenue. We’ll also be playing at the highest level as a systems integrator,” Sterling says. “That would be my goal — to be on the BE 100S.”

Colleen Payne-Nabors
Business Innovator of the Year
“When I think of one thing that keeps me going with this company, it’s perseverance,” says Colleen Payne-Nabors, 40, CEO of Mobile Cardiac Imaging L.L.C. in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Perseverance and novel business concepts enabled her to win the BLACK ENTERPRISE Business Innovator of the Year award for 2003. This award honors companies that have successfully set trends and broken new ground in a particular industry.

Launched in 1998, Payne-Nabors’ firm provides mobile nuclear medicine, nuclear cardiology, and ultrasound services to rural and metropolitan hospitals and clinics via customized trucks. The company now employs a

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, SocialWayne.com chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining BlackEnterprise.com as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.


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