Barbara Gassaway Recognized as Top 100 MBE Award Winner



Baltimore, Maryland (October 22, 2014) – Barbara Gassaway, President of Observation Baltimore and The Research Group, has been selected to receive the distinguished 2014 Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Award.  The Top 100 MBE® ceremony is designed to acknowledge and pay tribute to outstanding women and minority business owners in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

The awards ceremony takes place during Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Minority Enterprise Development Week in Baltimore.  It will be held at the War Memorial Hall located 101 N. Gay Street in downtown Baltimore on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

“Being recognized as a Top 100 MBE,” said Barbara Gassaway, “has special meaning
as we are very grateful to work on important projects with great social impact.”

The Research group is a full service market research consultancy with a division, Observation Baltimore, dedicated to providing a one-of-a-kind research experience through their in-house research suites.

This year’s ceremony host organizations are the Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development, MBDA Business Center – Baltimore, Southwest Airlines, BGE, State Farm, Whiting-Turner, and others.

“The winners of this year’s Top 100 MBE Award exemplify excellence and economic stability,” said Sharon R. Pinder, founder of the Top 100 MBE Awards Ceremony.  “Barbara Gassaway represents the goals and aspirations of many entrepreneurs across this region.”

For a complete list of the 2014 Top 100 MBE Awards winners please visit

For more information about Observation Baltimore and The Research Group, please visit | or call 410-332-0400.


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