Banneker Ventures President is Keynote Speaker at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s 2016 YMTF Program

Silver Spring, Maryland – March 1, 2016.  Banneker Ventures’ President, Omar Karim, served as the keynote speaker for the Youth Motivation Task Force (YMTF), 2016 Assembly at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB).  Taken from their website, “YMTF has become one of the most significant and exhilarating programs provided for UAPB students with the goal of encouraging them to take full advantage of the benefits available, give guidance on how to succeed in their careers, and look at life in the real world of work through the experiences of seasoned professionals.

“It is our responsibility as business professionals to mentor and stimulate the minds of our young people:  encourage them to push beyond the limitations that may exist”, says Mr. Karim.  Banneker Ventures reaches out to students as well by offering opportunities for summer internships; as well as support through The Banneker Foundation.  “Invitations like these mean a lot to us.  They afford us another opportunity to motivate and connect with the younger generation,” says Banneker’s VP of Operations, Shay-La Romney. 

Banneker Ventures is a full-service construction development and facilities management company with offices in Maryland, Washington, DC and Denver, CO.  An SBA 8(a) small business and HUBZone certified, Banneker provides value added services to government agencies, quasi-government agencies and commercial clients.

Banneker Ventures Receives Champion Award at Minority Small Business Construction Conference

Rockville, Maryland – March 21, 2015.  Banneker received the Champion Award at the first Minority Small Business Construction Conference held at the Montgomery County Executive Office Building in Rockville, MD.  The Minority Small Business Construction Conference is held each year to offer leadership and networking for minority businesses, local, state and federal government agencies; and elected officials.  Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett was the keynote speaker for the event.

“I accept this award on behalf of the hardworking men and women at Banneker Ventures”, said Mr. Karim as the recipient of the first Champion Award.  Banneker Ventures celebrates ten years in business, this coming August.  Starting out in real-estate, the company has successfully managed the construction of over 2M sq. ft. of government and commercial projects.  Vice President of Operations, Shay-la Romney agrees with Mr. Karim’s remarks, “This is why we’re champions!  Our company provides a service to our customers that cannot be duplicated.  Banneker is willing to take the tough projects.  We answer the call, prepared to be of service.”                                                                                                 

Banneker Ventures is a full-service construction development and facilities management company with offices in Maryland, Washington, DC and Denver, CO.  An SBA 8(a) small business and HUBZone certified, Banneker provides value added services to government agencies, quasi-government agencies and commercial clients.

Banneker Ventures Participates in the Freestate ChalleNGe Academy Industry Day

Rockville, Maryland – May 28, 2015.  As part of the Aberdeen Proving Ground’s Community in Maryland, Banneker Ventures announced today, it participated in the Freestate ChalleNGe Academy Industry Day.  The Academy is dedicated to giving at-risk youth, ages 16-18, a second chance in life by supporting their development in becoming responsible young adults.  The Freestate ChalleNGe Academy Industry provides awareness of the program, support and partnership.  It also emphasizes the importance of mentoring by focusing on academics, leadership, community service, responsibility, fitness, job skills, health and life coping skills.

“We were honored to participate in this wonderful event to help the youth of Aberdeen and other communities across Maryland,” said Omar Karim.  Banneker Ventures has a proven track record for actively working alongside community organizations such as Freestate to help our youth.  “We dig deep into the trenches, roll up our sleeves and we get involved.  As a company, we are not afraid to take chances on people, specifically our young generation” said Karim passionately.  The Banneker Foundation, founded by Banneker in 2009, has a similar goal to promote continued learning through partnership with college students studying the construction and engineering industries.  Selected students are provided with real-time, hands-on experience with the latest resources and tools of the industry.  Mr. Karim concluded by saying, “We’re changing the world!  Organizations like The Maryland Freestate ChalleNGe Academy will help young people achieve goals they thought were unattainable.  Banneker Ventures is fortunate to be a part of this movement.”  For more information, please visit their website at http://freestatemil.maryland.gov/.

Banneker Ventures is a full-service construction development and facilities management company with offices in Maryland, Washington, DC and Denver, CO.  An SBA 8(a) small business and HUBZone certified, Banneker provides value added services to government agencies, quasi-government agencies and commercial clients.

Banneker Ventures LLC Receives 2015 Best of Washington Award

WASHINGTON July 22, 2015 -- Banneker Ventures LLC has been selected for the 2015 Best of Washington Award in the Construction Company category by the Washington Award Program.

Each year, the Washington Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Washington area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Washington Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Washington Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Washington Award Program

The Washington Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Washington area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Washington Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

‘Man Power’ – Banneker Ventures President Featured in Ebony Magazine

Rockville, Maryland – November 2014.  Omar A. Karim, President of Banneker Ventures was featured in the November 2014 issue of Ebony Magazine.  The article highlights the President’s spirit in entrepreneurship and desire in changing the lives of Black men in his community.

Banneker’s Mantra—as captured in this article—Mr. Karim is quoted as saying “We’re trying to change the world and believe we can take people from depressed areas and give them an opportunity to develop skills and be a part of a five-office, Black-owned business.”  Banneker Ventures hires Black talent (men and women) and will continue seeking those who have “…been passed over for a promotion...  We find that skilled person and give him the promotion he deserves” states Mr. Karim.  Black presence is underrepresented in several industries.  As a minority owned company, we believe in giving opportunities to those who have worked hard but have not received fair acknowledgement and reward.

Banneker Ventures is a full-service construction development and facilities management company with offices in Maryland, Washington, DC and Denver, CO.  An SBA 8(a) small business and HUBZone certified, Banneker provides value added services to government agencies, quasi-government agencies and commercial clients.