International Business Services Inc., a management and technical consulting services firm in the District, has been named small business of the year by the Washington district office of the Small Business Administration.
The SBA presented the award last night in ceremonies honoring the company's founder and chairman, Marion O. (Duke) Greene.
IBS was cited for its growth over the past 16 years as a leader in the fields of information sciences management, data processing, computer applications and allied research.
The company, which began with fewer than 20 employes in 1969, reported sales in excess of $14 million last year and employs more than 350.
Listed by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the nation's top 100 black-owned firms, IBS has expanded its operations considerably in recent years, according to the SBA.
In addition to operating offices in Manassas, Denver, Miami and San Diego, IBS has expanded its operations to international markets.
The company was recently selected by the Egyptian government to automate that country's social security system and to provide training necessary to support nationwide implementation of the system.
Established to provide management and technical consulting services to private and public sector clients, IBS is described as a diversified organization, providing services in systems design, hardware evaluation, facilities management and computer technology training.
It has completed more than 400 major contracts for clients since its inception.
Current contracts include work for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Interior.
Greene, a former civilian employe in the Department of Defense, worked as a programmer and operations research analyst before forming his own management consulting firm. He holds degrees from Moorehouse College in Atlanta and Howard University.