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Monique Reid, Founder of Express Way Medical Laboratories and Angel Hands Healthcare Services, Receives the Award

The Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center has announced Monique Reid, founder of Express Way Medical Laboratories and Angel Hands Healthcare Services, as the winner of the 2019 Small Business Award. Her businesses provide mobile blood draws, IV Infusions, Drug and Alcohol Testing, and DNA Testing. In addition, she also offers Phlebotomy Workshops for Healthcare Professionals and Healthcare businesses.

“Congratulations to Monique on her award and on her success with Express Way Medical Laboratories and Angel Hands Healthcare Services. Our entrepreneurs are a wonderful asset to our communities in Baltimore County and I’m grateful to people like Monique for their vision and hard work,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “Our Small Business Resource Center was created to assist people like Monique as they reach for their dreams.”

The Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center (SBRC), a cooperative effort between the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce and the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development, helps establish, grow, and improve County businesses. SBRC offers free counseling services that have served more than 6,000 clients and facilitated the start-up of more than 700 businesses.

“I saw the need for a critical service in our community, and I knew that I could serve that need while also building a successful business in Baltimore County,” Ms. Reid said. “The Small Business Resource Center helped me to turn that vision into a reality.”

Ms. Reid first visited Leonard Lee of the Small Business Resource Center in summer 2015 as a start-up mobile phlebotomy concierge service. With guidance and support from the SBRC, in spring 2019, Express Way Medical Laboratories opened the first physical location in Towson. Ms. Reid credits Mr. Lee and the Small Business Resource Center as some of her biggest supporters during her entrepreneurial journey, providing counseling and connecting her to different funding sources.

The SBRC Small Business Awards were introduced to recognize the exceptional work and community impact of Baltimore County small businesses and their founding entrepreneurs.

For more information about the Small Business Resource Center and to see how we can help grow your business, contact 410-825-6200 or visit the SBRC website.

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Hart Industries in Owings Mills and Zest Social Solutions in Towson have been recognized with the 2017 Baltimore County New Directions Award. The annual award is made to companies that exemplify leadership in business practices by developing new technologies, improving the skills of the workforce, addressing environmental challenges, and/or promoting community development. 

“We are proud to recognize Hart Industries and Zest Social Solutions as leaders in Baltimore County’s innovation community,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “Both companies demonstrate the importance of seizing growth opportunities and using technology to meet changing customer needs.”

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will present the New Directions awards November 9 at the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame ceremony.

Hart Industries

Open a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup or a piece of Double Bubble gum, and you’ll be handling paper wrappers from Hart Industries in Owings Mills. Since their founding over 45 years ago, this leading packaging supplier has grown into a global company that makes specially engineered paper products for the food service industry. Current technology in development includes recyclable plant-based waxed wrapper products. Hart Industries’ 58 employees take pride in providing great service, world-class quality and a willingness to work with customers to improve and maintain efficient supply chains.

Zest Social Media Solutions

Zest Social Media Solutions in Towson is a local leader in digital media strategies and brand development. Zest specializes in dynamic web presence development that allows clients to more effectively tell their story. The firm works with clients across the country to create comprehensive web based marketing and business development systems to expand exposure, extend networks, and leverage brands.

Hart Industries and Zest Social Solutions join previous New Directions Award winners that include Potomac Photonics, Dunbar Security Solutions, Firaxis Games, Social Solutions, Nations Photo Lab and Pharmaceutics International, Inc. (PII).

In addition to the New Directions award, Pay Pal and CASA of Baltimore County will be inducted into the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame at the November 9 ceremony at Delta Hotels by Marriott Baltimore in Hunt Valley.

Revised September 11, 2017