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Elizabeth Rendón Honored with SBA Award

O n August 10, 2004, Elizabeth Rendón, President and owner of Lingual Information System Technologies, Inc. (LinguaLISTek), received the U.S. Small Business Administrations Minority Small Business Person of the Year award for Region III, which includes Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.  LinguaLISTek was one of the ten minority-owned businesses chosen for this award from a national pool of candidates.

The awards were presented during the 22nd anniversary celebration of the National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week conference September 7-10, 2004 in Washington, D.C. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.  This is a joint event hosted by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce.  MED week recognizes minority businesses contributions to the nations economy.  Says SBA Administrator Hector V. Baretto, MED week is a great venue to address major issues affecting the growth and development of minority businesses and expose them to new opportunities for growth and prosperity.

In accordance with the mission of MED week, this years conference theme was "Forward to the Future", Minority Business Enterprise: The National Priority and featured forums on technology, workshops on business solutions, a panel discussion on competitive advantages for minority businesses and two panels moderated by the SBA to discuss proven strategies to maximize federal procurement opportunities.

There to acknowledge the winners of the awards, including recipients of the SBA Administrators Leadership award and the 8(a) Graduate Firm of the Year award, were senior staff from the Bush Administration.

Indeed, Ms. Rendón is deserving of her award, as LinguaLISTek is Woman-Owned, Minority-Owned and Veteran-Owned and is certified as an 8(a) Small and Disadvantaged Business by the SBA.  Ms. Rendón originally established her company in 1997 as a software company, but has since grown it to include all facets of the system/software development and life cycle support, networking, training, linguistic support and physical and personal security.  Certainly any number of companies can offer its clients technical and language services; however, these services would be separate and distinct from each other.  What makes LinguaLISTek unique is the firm provides both at the same time.  By combining the two services, technical and linguistic, LinguaLISTek can provide, for example, software engineers who are also linguists.  For this reason, LinguaLISTek consistently provides their customers with high quality consulting services and products, and has established itself as a leader in a competitive industry.

LinguaLISTek's awards do not end there.  On August 10, 2004, LinguaLISTek was named one of the Fastest-Growing 100 companies in the United States and one of the top 500 larges U.S. Hispanic-owned businesses by Hispanic Business and in November 2003, the firm was named one of the top 50 MD Diversity-Owned and one of the top 500 U.S. Woman-Owned Businesses by  Watch for this fast-growing organizations name to pop up again in local and national publications.
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