Flintco Companies Named National Minority Construction Firm of the Year

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) named The Flintco Companies, Inc., as the 2006 “Minority Construction Firm of the Year.” The company was recognized for its achievements as a minority-owned business and for its support of other minority businesses. The company was honored with this same award in 2000.

The Flintco Companies, Inc., an American Indian- owned company, was honored at the MBDA’s national meeting on Sept. 1 in Washington, DC, after first winning locally and then regionally. This recognition is part of the annual Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week activities currently underway . The MED Conference honors outstanding minority business leaders every year who excel in their field of business and demonstrate excellent leadership at the local, regional or national level.

“This is a tremendous honor for not just The Flintco Companies, but for all other American Indian-owned businesses,” said Robin Flint Ballenger, chairman, The Flintco Companies, Inc. “I hope this award stands as a symbol of encouragement to all other minority business owners to embrace the challenge and help mentor and encourage smaller minority companies.”

This award was bestowed to The Flintco Companies’ for their support of the American Indian community and other minority businesses.

“To be a minority entrepreneur today is to be in a position of ‘great potential power.’ This is both a privilege and a responsibility, and minorities must use this power wisely. We have an obligation to help, to mentor and to encourage smaller minority companies,” said Ballenger.

Tom Maxwell, CEO of The Flintco Companies, Inc., added “We do this through programs with our subcontractors, by promoting Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) certification on our jobs for American Indian tribes, pueblos and rancherias, and by participating in community activities.” The company was honored earlier this year by being named national 2006 “Indian Business Owner of the Year” by The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED). The award is presented annually to the business that best exemplifies the spirit of good corporate citizenship and serves as a model to inspire other American Indian business owners. For information about the award, visit http://www.mbda.gov.

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