The nation's small businesses and those who run them will be honored all week during National Small Business Week.
Among the activities scheduled are: Monday: a conference on "The Small Business Opportunities in Federal R&D," 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Stouffers National Center Hotel, Arlington: Tuesday: "14th Annual Joint Industry/SBA Small Business Procurement Conference and Awards Banquet," Sheraton Washington Hotel; Wednesday: Reception and awards presentations to small-business persons of the year winners, International Inn.
Representing Maryland will be Lillian Lincoln, president of Centennial One Inc. of Crofton, the first black and the first female Marylander to be selected Maryland Small Businessperson of the Year by the Maryland Advisory Council to the U.S. Small Business Administration. In five years, her company, which provides janitorial services to government and private offices, has grown from 20 employees and sales of $150,000 to 285 employees and annual sales of $2.9 million.
Rosemary Reed-Miller, founder and president of Toast and Strawberries was selected Small Businessperson of the Year for D.C. She founded her fashion store in 1966 and has established a reputation for innovative merchandising and personal and community service.
Virginia's Small Businessperson of the Year is Llewellyn Shortbridge, president and owner of Cardinal Industries of Grundy, a $3-million-a-year firm that makes engraved door signs, desk nameplates, baseball caps, nylon jackets and decals.