Three Surveys Rank LBA Group High as a Top Minority-Owned Business in the United States

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Privately held telecommunications firm again among leaders.

LBA Group Inc. has been singled out as a successful, privately owned business—not once, but three times. The North Carolina telecommunications company earned a spot in three separate rankings of American businesses in 2011.

“As one of the awardees from around the country, you have distinguished yourself as one of the leading entrepreneurs in the United States,” said Kenton Clarke in early January in announcing LBA Group’s listing among 2,500 successful businesses in the U.S. Clarke is CEO of DiversityBusiness, the nation’s largest organization of minority-owned companies doing business with Fortune 1000 firms, government agencies and universities.

Besides the national recognition, LBA Group earned a spot in two significant state rankings by the same organization: Number 51 among top 100 minority businesses in North Carolina and an identical ranking among top 100 privately held companies in the state.

The three awards continue LBA’s run as a recognized small business success story in an economy that tests the mettle of every company.

“LBA is particularly honored to be recognized for 2011,” says Lawrence Behr, company founder and CEO. “It is gratifying because it comes at a time of international economic stress. We are succeeding because of the commitment and excellence of our diversified team.”

Behr entered the industry in 1963 after becoming fascinated as a teenager by AM broadcast engineering. First hiring out his skills, the young Behr soon formed his own company.

Today, LBA Group, Inc is comprised of two units: LBA Technology, Inc. which markets such products as AM antenna systems, antenna test equipment, EMF shielding, and RF safety monitors to wireless, commercial and military users; and consulting firm Lawrence Behr Associates, Inc., offering professional services including cell tower zoning and RF safety compliance, RF safety training, EMF shield design and testing, RF interference resolution and distributed antenna system (DAS) services.

LBA Group is very much a global company. A contract completed in January was for India’s radio broadcast system. LBA has been deeply involved in telecommunications projects on every continent—from Europe to the Middle East and Africa and across the entire length of South America.

LBA Group and other award-winners will be recognized at the organization’s 12th annual National Business Awards Conference, held this year on April 25 at a resort in Mashantucket, Conn.

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