PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Black Business Association has announced the nominees for its 2012 awards, which honor excellence and celebrate businesses and individuals for their hard work and dedication to business, economic development and bettering their communities.
The nominees of the four categories – business leadership, business, entrepreneurship and community service – were chosen from a list of business owners and community leaders.
The recipients of the 2012 Awards will be announced at the organization’s awards gala on Friday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Metacomet Country Club in East Providence.
The nominees are as follows:
George T. Downing Business Leadership Award
Ardena Lee-Fleming, Regional Director, R.I. Small Business Development Center
Joseph A. Caffey, President, Omni Development Corp.
Delano Joseph Brooks, President, Essex Newbury North Contracting Corp.
The Allen Brothers Business Award
Banneker Industries Inc.
Isaac Rice Entrepreneurship Award
Yemi Sekoni, Owner, Donahue Models & Talent
Chauncey B. Melvin, Executive Director & Independent Associate/Owner, LegalShield
Christiana Bannister Community Service Award
Sharon Conard-Wells, Executive Director, West Elmwood Housing Development Corp.
Jorge Cardenas, Community Relations Manager, Sodexo School Services