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CEO, Antwanye Ford, Receives Distinguished Award From SBA Mid-Atlantic Region During National Small Business Week

WASHINGTON (May 6): Enlightened, Inc. (“Enlightened”), a leading Information Technology (IT) consulting firm delivering Cyber Security, Software Development and Integration, and Management Consulting services, announced today that its President and CEO, Antwanye Ford, received the first ever “Director’s Beacon Award” from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Mid-Atlantic Region and its District Director Antonio Doss.

The Director’s Beacon Award was created to recognize a leader who has gone beyond the scope of managing their own business to impacting the community and mentoring other businesses and leaders. “SBA is critical to the success of America’s small businesses,” says Mr. Ford. “I am humbled to be recognized and be the first recipient of this prestigious award. I believe that having business success without positively impacting others is hollow. I am grateful to Enlightened’s 200 employees for their contribution and support of the company’s leadership, mentorship, and community service efforts.”

Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. “National Small Business Week is an opportunity to celebrate the impact these entrepreneurial spirits have on their communities and this nation’s economy,” said SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho who serves as one of several competition judges for her region. Antonio Doss, Washington Metropolitan Area District officer Director gave remarks during the program highlighting the value small businesses have on the American economy.

About Small Business Administration
Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. The mission of the SBA is to aid, counsel, assist and promote the interests of small businesses by providing financial, procurement and business development assistance and advocating on their behalf within the government. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. For more information, please visit

About Enlightened
Enlightened is an award winning company that provides Cyber Security, IT and management solutions to resolve complex business problems for federal, state, and local government agencies. Enlightened holds GSA IT-70 and MOBIS schedule contracts, HUBZone and Small Business certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and rated CMMI-DEV Level 3 and CMMI-SVC Level 2 by the CMMI Institute. For more information please visit

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