Second Annual MBEs Who Rock! Contest Wraps; Winners Announced at NMSDC

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MBE's contest winners announced

Another successful run for MBE magazine’s popular MBEs Who Rock! contest came to a close at this year’s National Minority Supplier Development Conference (NMSDC) in Chicago, IL, last week.

The awards honor minorities in business that have excelled in their industry and are active in their community. This year’s winners are: Sidd Ahmed – VDart, Inc., Oscar Casillas – BEPC, Inc., Kathy Cheng – Redwood Classics Apparel, George Daniels – George’s Music Room, Lisa Fullerton – A Novel Idea dba Auntie Anne’s Pretzel and Cinnabon, Walter Griggs – SquarePac LTD, Richard Manson – SourceMark, LLC, NaJeebah Shareef – ILF Transportation, Natalie Torres – Educated Latina Media Ventures, Hoyt Hsaio – Shaw-Lundquist Associates, Kevin Narcomey – Osceola Consulting, and Steve Ramirez – Beyond the Arc.

The magazine hosted a special reception on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 1871, a support organization for Chicago’s digital start-up community, to announce and honor the winners. Details about the winners will are available in the Winter 2017 edition of the MBE magazine.

“We are proud to recognize this year’s winners,” says Barbara Oliver, publisher of MBE magazine. “Each one truly embodies what it means to be an MBE Who Rocks.”

Special thanks also go to this year’s sponsors, which include The Coca-Cola Company, Eagle Design Group, Kaiser Permanente, MillerCoors, MKX, Technology Concepts Group International, AEL-Span LLC, and Rickman Enterprise Group.

The contest, along with its sister contest, “WBEs Who Rock” which honors women business owners, are held annually in June and October, and submissions for each contest can be made throughout the year. For more information and details, go to

About MBE: Minority Business Entrepreneur (MBE) magazine is published bi-monthly by Enterprise Publishing Inc. and serves as a nationwide forum for minority and women business owners, corporations and government agencies concerned with minority and women business enterprise development. Founded in 1984 by Ginger Conrad, MBE magazine maintains a strong commitment to economic parity as a lasting solution to the ills of poverty and discrimination.

Contact Information:
Barbara Oliver
MBE magazine
(310) 294-3780


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