Corliss Udoema, president of Contract Solutions, Inc. (CSI), was named the 2017 Virginia Small Business Person of the Year by the Small Business Administration (SBA).
Udoema received her award during a celebratory lunch in Manassas last week, and attendees spoke about her merits and accomplishments as a government contractor and community member.
“All of us in this room have had our lives touched by Miss Corliss. The fact that we are all here is a beautiful representation of the name Udoema, which in case you didn’t know, means ‘the one who is loved’,” said LeAnn Delaney, a CSI employee.
CSI is a government contracting company that provides acquisition support, training programs, human resources assistance, and technology solutions, according to their website.
In addition to winning the state-level award, Udoema was the third runner-up for the National Small Business Person of the Year.
Representatives from the SBA were there to present Udoema with the award, and she shared her gratitude for those that helped her along the way.
“I thank God for Team CSI – their excellence and commitment to consistently deliver quality results strengthens my resolve to be a great leader. I thank God for my friends and family in love – you have encouraged me, helped me, walked with me, prayed with me, and generally kept my arms lifted high when I was too tired to do it on my own,” said Udoema.
Udoema and her staff work on several projects in the community, including technology classes for seniors, care bags for the homeless, food and supply donations to families in need, and contracting support for veteran-owned businesses.
The company is also the corporate sponsor of several organizations, including Northern Virginia Family Service, Manassas Militia Baseball, BARN Transitional Housing, Kenya Partnerships, and the Prince William County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Olympics team.