On January 17, 2011 the Great Streets BusiÂness Leadership Council held its Inaugural â€œGreat Streets Honorsâ€ Ceremony. The event was held in the newly renovated Old Congress Heights School located at 3100 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, WashÂington, DC 20032, and was set to honor the elite small businesses along the Great Streets corridor from Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue & South Capitol Street between Good Hope & Southern Avenue. There were many guest speakers at the event including Ward 8 Council Member Marion Barry, Monica Ray who is the executive Director of the Congress Heights CommuÂnity Training & Development Corporation and the keynote speaker Bridget Bean, who is the District Director of the WashingÂton Metropolitan District Office of the Small Business Administration (SBA). The categoÂries for 2011 Honors were: Outstanding Community Bank, Outstanding Religious Organization, Civic Activism, Emerging Affordable Housing, Workforce Development, and Commitment to Re-Entry, Community Builder, Longtime Business, Woman Owned Business, and Youth AdÂvocacy.
The winners for the InauÂgural event were: Industrial Bank as the Outstanding Community Bank, Brighter Day Ministries as the Outstanding Religious OrgaÂnization, Vision of Victory as the Emerging Affordable Housing Developer, Opportunities IndusÂtrialization Center of DC (OIC) for their commitment to workforce development. Hope Village for their Commitment to Re-Entry, Hamel Builders as Community Builder, Armstrong Custom Signs for Longtime Community BusiÂness, and 7L Group for OutstandÂing Woman Owned Business. Latrena Owens and Morena Hernandez both received the DiÂrectorâ€™s Award for their hard work and dedication to the organizaÂtion. Also Phinis Jones received the 1st CHCTDC Founders Award, for his longtime support to the Congress Heights CDC. The event would not have been posÂsible if not for the generous sponÂsors who included a Chief ExÂecutive donation of $5,000 from District Development Group, LLC, Board Chairman Sponsors Hamel Builders, Hope Village, Inc. and R.V. Careyâ€™s Plumbing who all donated $2,500. Direct Sponsors, the East of the River Clergy-Police ComÂmunity Partnership, Sanford Capitol, ConÂgress Heights CTDC, and Wells Fargo Bank all donated $1,000. There was also a $500 donation from Industrial Bank.
The awards ceremony was a huge success with over 300 people in attenÂdance from small business owners, famÂily and friends, to District Agency officials and employees. Please be on the lookout for information on the 2nd Annual Great Streets Honors Ceremony which will be held in January of 2012, and we hope to see you in attendance for next yearâ€™s event!