Flying High: From Aviation to Waste Management, B.E.'S 2002 Small Business Award Winners Have Their Sights Set on Growing These Thriving Enterprises. (America's Best Small Business)

Black Enterprise, November 2002 | Go to article overview

Flying High: From Aviation to Waste Management, B.E.'S 2002 Small Business Award Winners Have Their Sights Set on Growing These Thriving Enterprises. (America's Best Small Business)


IT'S NO SECRET THAT 2001 WAS A PARTiCularly difficult year for business. A sluggish economy, cuts in capital spending by large corporations that led to increased competition, as well as many other factors, combined to create one of the more challenging environments in years. Despite this, entrepreneurship continues to thrive--something epitomized by the four winners of the 2002 BLACK ENTERPRISE Small Business Awards.

Presented in May during the 2002 Black Enterprise/Microsoft Entrepreneurs Conference at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, this year's winners are: Andre Taylor of Interactive Sports, Ronald E. Mays of Montgomery Jet Center, Camilla Amber White of Jam-N-Yams, and Andre J. Downey of Environmental, Engineering & Construction Inc. BE's editors poured over surveys and business models of hundreds of firms across dozens of sectors to find the true standouts in the world of small business. These entrepreneurs represent the best of the best. Over the next four pages, we'll introduce them to you.

ronald e. mays Emerging Company of the Year

Ronald E. Mays formed Montygomery Jet Center in Montygomery Alabama, less than ago, but already his company, which generated some $4.5 million in revenues last year, is on the expansion track, making him the perfect recipient of this year's BLACK ENTERPRISE Emerging Company of the Year award. The award recognizes businesses that are poised for future growth.

Currently working out the final arrangements on a $7 million contract with two major auto manufacturers, Mays, 38, began with a single plane and now boasts seven aircrafts and 15 full-time employees. His list of clients includes radio personality Tom Joyner, Dr. Ira V. Hilliard, pastor of New Light Christian Center in Houston, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

As a result of the Entrepreneur's Conference, Mays has received inquiries from the likes of Russell Simmons and the Rev. Al Sharpton, both of whom attended the conference. Winning the award was a very satisfying, yet humbling experience for Mays. "Knowing that you can achieve--do something different against the odds if you remain focused and not allow yourself to be distracted--is very satisfying," he says. "If you weather the storm, you can make it and encourage others."

andre taylor Business Innovator of the Year

The BLACK ENTERPRISE Business Innovator of the Year award honors companies that have successfully set trends and broken new ground in a particular industry, and Andre Taylor's Interactive Sports in New York City fit the bill. Taylor, 41, president and founder of the sports media company, turned his passion into profits in 1990 when he formed the sports news and information services provider, offering it to mainstream fans through the Web, radio, and wireless communications while creating content for niche audiences. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Flying High: From Aviation to Waste Management, B.E.'S 2002 Small Business Award Winners Have Their Sights Set on Growing These Thriving Enterprises. (America's Best Small Business)
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.