Small Business Owners Honored

The Small Business Administration named Lani Hay, president of Lanmark Technology, as its Minority Small Business Person of the Year.

Hay's firm, based in Fairfax, Va., is a woman-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned firm that participates in the Small Business Administration's 8(a) business development program. The program provides management and technical assistance along with help in identifying federal contracting opportunities to socially and economically disadvantaged small firms.

Hay is a former intelligence officer who served in the Navy. LMT's current government clients include the Defense Information Systems Agency, Labor Department, U.S. Special Operations Command, and the Night Stalkers, a military special operations aviation battalion. Lanmark provides information technology, telecommunications and administrative support to federal and private-sector clients. The honor was announced Friday at the National Minority Enterprise Development conference in Washington.

SBA Administrator Steven Preston also recognized Orneth La Corbiniere, president of janitorial firm Kelly's Cleaning Services of St. Croix, Virgin Islands. La Corbiniere received the 8(a) Graduate Firm of the Year award.

Jim House, director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization at the Agriculture Department and Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Jim Nicholson each received the Administrator's Leadership Award.

Meanwhile, the Small Business Network of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, which recently released an interactive reference tool for small businesses, will honor three companies on Nov. 7 at an awards event celebrating the region's small businesses.

Three companies will be awarded for "Guiding Small Business Growth," "Most Engaged Small Business" and "Most Expanded Company." Representatives of more than 250 companies are expected to attend. Award nominations are due by Oct. 3, and applications are available online at

Stephen Hills, president of The Washington Post, is the scheduled keynote speaker at the gala.

By Sharon McLoone |  September 14, 2007; 3:00 PM ET
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