Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Award
The company's President and CEO, Ms. Nicole Priester, received the prestigious Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Award in November 2007 from the University of Maryland University College, the Governor's Office of Minority Affairs (GOMA) and The Maryland Chamber of Commerce. This program is designed to salute the region's best minority and women business owners and to highlight their achievements. A panel of distinguished judges evaluated more than 1,200 minority business enterprises, and chose the President and CEO of Encore Solutions, Inc. as an entrepreneur who demonstrated outstanding achievement in four key areas: business development, client satisfaction, professional affiliations and community outreach.
Levantamos (The Center for Afro Brazilian-American Cooperation)
ESI President is participating in Levantamos (The Center for Afro Brazilian-American Cooperation). Ms. Priester is a participant in the 2007 Women in Business Exchange, a cross-cultural professional exchange focusing on economic development in Brazil, funded by the U.S. Department of State. Levantamos' mission is to develop partnerships between African-Americans and Afro-Brazilians focused on eliminating inequality and to provide technical and financial assistance to empower Afro-Brazilian community-based organizations.
Center for Women's Business Research Forum
ESI's President is a participant in the Center for Women's Business Research Forum, a multi-year national research study to accelerate the growth of businesses owned by women of color. The study is conducted by the Center for Women's Business Research and Babson College. The objective is to uncover the barriers and challenges that women of color face in the pursuit of business growth and to create both individual, community, and ultimately, national action plans to overcome those barriers. The research will culminate in a 2008 national conference where public- and private-sector policy recommendations generated by the research will be announced.
ESI Advanced Training
Two ESI employees successfully completed the week-long Fleet Readiness Logistics Course in New England, adding to the company's knowledge and expertise with the Department of Navy's fleet readiness logistics.
"Make Mine A Million" Competition
The President of ESI was recently a finalist in the nation-wide "Make Mine A $Million" competition. Make Mine a $Million Business is a program of Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence — and founding partner, OPEN from American Express®. The program provides a combination of money, mentoring, marketing and technology tools that women entrepreneurs need to help grow their businesses from micro to $millions.
U.S. Small Business Administration Recognition
Nominated for Small Business Administration's Small Business of the Year 2005; received U.S. Small Business Administration's Award of Excellence – 2005.