|At Disney World with the National 8(a) Association 3/5/2014|
We attended a most dynamic conference – the 2014 National 8(a) Association Winter Conference - held at the Disney Yacht Club
in Orlando, Florida. Aside from the horrible winter storms in most
states trapping many attendees in Orlando with highs in the 70s and
sunshine due to cancelled flights, the conference was wonderful. Joset B. Wright-Lacey,
President from the National Minority Supplier Development Council, was
the keynote speaker for the first day of the conference and she
instilled in us the importance of networking at all times to our
businesses and daily lives for that matter. Her anecdotes were both
touching and hilarious and we all understood the bottom line – talk to
people and be welcoming so that others talk to you because you never
know how that conversation, no matter how small, can affect your life.
For the duration of the conference we received updates from the U.S. Small Business Administration on
new the effects of new legislation, new initiatives, and future
programs that impact our business. Educational sessions included topics
to equip us for winning federal contracts, leveraging resources for
business success, and tips on marketing tools. There were also
one-on-one meetings during the American Express OPEN Contract
Connections matchmaking session. In addition to small businesses who
were already 8(a) certified, there were businesses pursuing
certification, large prime companies, and many government agencies
represented at the conference. During our networking opportunities at
the small groups, large group sessions, and the evening networking
reception, the education continued. In addition to meeting new people to
develop relationships and catching up with acquaintances, we heard and
shared stories that provide tips for small business success, learned
ways to combine niche areas with those of other companies to possibly
form successful teams to win more federal opportunities, and more
information on the myriad resources available to companies.
The conference was a huge success and hearing about the upcoming 2014 National 8(a) Summer Conference
to be held in Anchorage, AK made us consider attending. The Disney
Resort was a convenient place for the conference and we even had a
little fun at Disney Hollywood Studios and on the Disney Boardwalk after
the conference ended. The weather was perfect – we only needed light
jackets after sunset – and everyone was friendly and open to making new
For more information about the National 8(a)
Conferences, in addition to access to some of the materials presented
during the conference, go to http://www.national8aassociation.org.
|Our CEO graduates with the sixth SBA Emerging Leaders Atlanta Class! 11/25/2013|
Since 2008, the U. S. Small Business Administration
launched the Emerging Leaders executive-level training initiative,
formerly known as Emerging 200 (e200). This initiative offers executives
of established businesses the framework, tools and resource network
needed to position their firms for growth. Participants engage in a
proven, practical curriculum incorporating classwork, homework, and peer
- Danielle Jones receives her award of completion from Cassius Butts, SBA Regional Administrator and Terri Denison, SBA Georgia District Director
On November 5, 2013, AWD’s President and CEO, Danielle Jones, was a part
of the sixth graduating Atlanta class. Danielle, along with 11 other
small business owners from around the metro area, successfully completed
the seven months of intensive business training instructed by Mr. Russ
Young, Founder-Partner-Coach, Action Coach Atlanta.
“The class schedule and assignments were so much more intense than I imagined; I
don’t remember when I last worked this hard for something. In the end
it was definitely worth it and gave me renewed enthusiasm for growing my
After each class assignment was completed, Danielle
would share her key learnings with the executive-level team and
immediately began implementing small changes in company policies to
ensure the company’s course correction toward profitable growth. She
immediately met with her corporate team, one-on-one, and assigned
special projects to each based on interests, career goals, and talents.
One long-term goal for company growth includes increasing incentives for
her corporate level employees to reward loyalty and efforts on special
projects as well as incorporating regular opportunities for improving
team dynamics to strengthen the core team in anticipation for the
increase in business. Danielle also stated that she never imagined
social media was an area she should consider as part of her marketing
strategies but was finally convinced by her peers and instructor.
|AWD supports research for treatment of sickle cell anemia 10/29/2013|
AWD Management Services, Inc. (AWD) seeks to support, strengthen, and empower individuals and families through broad-based community services that meet the needs and values of the communities in which we operate. We are guided by a commitment and
passion for public service, volunteerism and a strong belief in the philosophy of giving back to the communities in which we live, work and play.
One of the organizations AWD supports is the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. While known particularly for the research and treatment of children with cancer, the hematology research and treatment of sickle cell anemia is particularly close to our hearts because it directly affects our corporate office staff.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is in Memphis, Tennessee, located at 262 Danny Thomas Place. Danielle Jones, CEO and President of AWD, was raised in Memphis and is the parent of a child with sickle cell anemia. While she did not utilize the services of St. Jude for her child’s care, she makes certain to support the research for treatment of the disease. Not only does she support the hematology research, but her contributions also ensure that no family pays St. Jude for anything and that their lifesaving work can continue to help children everywhere.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its
pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other
life-threatening diseases. The hospital’s research has helped push
overall survival rates for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent
when the institution opened to almost 80 percent today. It is the first
and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer
Center devoted solely to children, and no family ever pays St. Jude for
anything. For more information, visit www.stjude.org.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and ALSAC are registered trademarks.
|AWD makes Inc.’s 500|5000 List 9/30/2013|
Each year Inc. Magazine publishes a list of the fastest growing private companies in
the US. AWD Management Services, Inc. was recently notified that we made the list for
the first time, thanks to our dedicated staff and loyal customers. Companies are selected based on their percentage growth over a 3-year period. We more than doubled our growth from 2009 to 2012 and we expect this year to bring more contracts from repeat customers and larger contracts from new customers. We are thrilled to be number 2765 out of 5000 for 2013.
|EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION LUNCHEONS 5/27/2013|
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Seated: Bridget Evans, Justin Michael, Karen Jenkins, Nicole Reynolds, Michelle Adams Standing: Belita Elmore, Danielle Jones, David Van Baush - NRC Atlanta, GA
Ed Dietrich, Program Manager for ORO’s Emergency Management Program accepts award for receiving a Perfect Score on DOE’s Annual Program Evaluation. - DOE/ORO Oakridge, TN
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Nicole Reynolds is recognized for outstanding performance. Nicole provides admin support to our customers at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Left to right: Belita Elmore, Danielle Jones & Nicole Reynold. - NRC Atlanta, GA
Gary Hatmaker, Systems Administrator, shares in the recognition the ORO Emergency Management team received for their outstanding performance. - DOE/ORO Oakridge, TN
|Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2013 Top 100 5/1/2013|
Left to Right: Liliana Martinez, Belita Elmore, Danielle Jones, Cynthia Harris & Wesley Jones
AWD Management Services is proud to announce that we are the recipient of the distinguished Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2013 Top 100 Metro Atlanta’s Fastest-Growing Companies. This distinction is for privately held companies based in Metro Atlanta, with a two-year growth in sales of more than 50 percent and revenue earnings between $1 million and $300 million in 2012. The corporate staff (pictured) attended a breakfast at the Cobb Galleria Center on April 26 where awardees were announced. AWD looks forward to climbing the list next year.