Charles County Names First Three Entrepreneurs of the Month - Southern Maryland Headline News

Charles County Names First Three Entrepreneurs of the Month

LA PLATA, Md. (Nov. 11, 2008)—Charles County Office Furniture, Kingdomware Technologies, and F1 Computer Help, all of Waldorf, were selected to be Charles County's first “Soar Like an Eagle Entrepreneurs of the Month.” Entrepreneurs of the Month is a new program designed to recognize outstanding businesses in the county.

The three businesses were selected by the county’s Economic Development Department because they are among this year’s winners of the prestigious Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Award.

The Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Award is designed to acknowledge and pay tribute to outstanding women and minority business owners in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. A panel of distinguished judges chose the award recipients based on entrepreneurs that demonstrated outstanding achievement in four key areas: eligibility, entrepreneurship, professionalism, and community contributions.

The Charles County Board of Commissioners recognized all three companies last week. This was the initial presentation of what will be a monthly event during County Commissioner meetings.

Kingdomware Technologies®—founded and run by LaTonya and Tim Barton—provides custom software, web engineering and technology solutions for government and private industry. Products include Business Notifier, a web-based system that provides instant emergency alerts and daily communication with employees, and Indirect Rates, an online system for government contractors to calculate rates.

"Kingdomware is surprised and delighted to be receiving this honor, and we appreciate the recognition and support from the State as well as Charles County," said Tim Barton.

F1 Computer Help provides individual and small group training in Windows, Microsoft, and Internet applications.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized again by Charles County Commissioners and as one of the region’s top 100 MBE businesses, based on the fact of the continuous struggle it takes for females to compete in today’s business market,” said Delores Moses, of F1 Computer Help.

Charles County Office Furniture has been in business for over 20 years. A local, woman owned company, the firm provides office furniture to various commercial, federal, state, county, educational and institutional entities. Services include layout designs, servicing, delivery, design consultation, and accessories.

Owner Cookie Nichting has earned a reputation for giving back to the community through her civic and non-profit affiliations, including being the third woman to serve as president of the Charles County Chamber of Commerce.

“The heart of any local economy is its locally owned businesses,” said George Robertson, Charles County’s director of the Economic Development and Tourism Department. “By celebrating the success of our entrepreneurs and our strong entrepreneurial tradition, we are also encouraging the growth of small, home-owned businesses in Charles County.”

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