Michael Maupin was a sales professional at IBM for over 10 years. He rose through the ranks, earning many awards and promotions before ultimately taking over the Mid-Atlantic States sales team of this $100 billion IT conglomerate. When Michael and his team received the opportunity of their careers, he was ready. He had spent his entire career preparing for this moment: a Billion-Dollar Deal. Little did he know, it would become the toughest challenge he would ever face. Often the pressure and public exposure he and his team experienced caused them to wish this opportunity had never presented itself. But if they managed to close the deal, it would be a game changer that would leave them financially set for life. The stakes were high—this wouldn’t be just another loss to learn from. It would make or break their careers.
In 2005, MBI executives were presented with an Entrepreneurship and Business Development Award from the Kutztown Small Business Development Council, where they were greeted by former Secretary of State, Colin Powell. (In photo, pictured left to right, are: Michael Maupin, MBI Managing Director, former Secretary of State, Colin Powell, and Howard Atkins, former MBI Business Development Director.)
The selection committee chooses the award winners from nominees based on information taken from monthly surveys administered by the Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA), a review of consumer rankings, and other consumer reports. Award winners are a valuable asset to their community and exemplify what makes small businesses great.
The SBCA Best of Business Award Program recognizes the best of small businesses throughout the country. Using consumer feedback and other research, the SBCA identifies companies that have demonstrated what makes small businesses a vital part of the American economy.