IMS Cofounder and CEO Named Mississippi Small Business Person of the Year!

21 Mar / IMS Cofounder and CEO Named Mississippi Small Business Person of the Year!

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John D. Calhoun, Ph.D., Cofounder and CEO of IMS was named 2011 Mississippi Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

“I am very humbled and honored to receive the award for MS Small Business Person of the Year,” said Calhoun. “I have been blessed over the last 15 years to have had the privilege of working with a great business partner, a staff with a wealth of expertise, businesses and clients throughout Mississippi, and throughout the United States. IMS will continue to deliver global solutions to local problems for many years to come.”

“Hard work, innovative ideas, and dedication to your community have helped you succeed,” said Karen G. Mills, Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration. “The SBA is pleased to recognize Calhoun’s achievements and role in driving our nation’s economic growth.”

“Of course, the dedication, hard work and recognition through awards your organization has garnered were the deciding factor as to why IMS was far superior than other candidates,” said Gary Reed, Branch Manager, of SBA’s Gulfport, Mississippi Office.

Each year since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of Small Business Week. National Small Business Week recognizes outstanding small business owners for their personal successes and contributions to our nation. As you know, more than half of Americans who work either own or work for a small business. As an award winner, Calhoun is invited to attend the National Small Business Week celebration to be held in Washington, D.C., May 18-20, 2011 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

IMS, now 15 years in the making, is a client-focused full-service corporation providing engineering, emergency management, technical, program management and operations services. IMS has three separate divisions; IMS Engineers (www.imsengineers.com), IMS Federal Programs, and IMS Autrans, LLC (a tier one supplier for Nissan North America). Delivering quality and timely services is their reputation. Calhoun has led the firm to the recipient of a number of awards. IMS is headquartered in Jackson, MS and presently has offices in Canton, MS; Greenville, MS; Memphis, TN; New Orleans, LA; Baton Rouge, LA; Shreveport, LA; and Baltimore, MD. IMS was awarded the 2008 Inner City 100 Award for the fastest growing inner-city businesses in the U.S. for the fourth straight year. IMS was named to the 2007 Inc. 5000, the first ever list of the 5,000 fastest-growing businesses in the country with a rank of 833rd and a three-year sales growth of 414.1%. In 2006, IMS was named to the prestigious Inc. 500 list as one of America’s fastest growing companies for the fourth straight year. IMS ranked 449th, with a 3-year sales growth of 330.1%.

In conjunction with his Chief Executive Officer duties, Calhoun serves as Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Department of Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at Jackson State University. Who better to teach the future business owners of tomorrow than the Small Business Person of the year today!
Dr. Calhoun will be interviewed on the Morning Edition program scheduled this Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. on National Public Radio.

For additional information, please contact Mr. Robert Crear II at rcrear@imsengineers.com or (601) 968-9194.



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