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2012 Minority Small Business Champion of the Year

Aldrica Lattimore

Accurate Engineering Construction Services Inc.

Accurate Engineering Construction Services Inc. is a certified woman-owned, small business firm serving commercial, utility, institutional, military and federal clients. The firm offers services on both the West and East coasts in complex general and specialty construction services, including project management, telecommunications, solar energy, multitrade design-build and facilities management.

Lattimore has bachelor’s degrees in education and social work, and an M.B.A. in public policy and administration. She began her career as a teacher in the most challenging school districts in New York, by choice. “I always felt that children in dire communities needed the best teachers, and I was one of the best,” she said. Lattimore went on to administrate educational and human service agencies, both public and private, for more than a decade.

Over the past 17 years through Lattimore’s leadership, Accurate Engineering Integrated Construction Services Inc. has gained a track record of consistent outstanding performance evaluations, meeting or exceeding the demanding requirements of commercial, federal, military and utility customers. Clients include Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), Department of Defense, Department of Veteran Affairs, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Department of Labor, city of San Diego, San Diego City School District, University of Southern California, San Diego State University, and the U.S. General Services Administration.

Lattimore has been lauded for her community commitment, as well as her business acumen. In addition to the numerous prestigious awards and accolades her company has won — which include the 2009 Best in Business Award, 2008 SBA Business Person of the Year Award, 2007 SBA Woman Owned Business of the Year, 2005 Construction Company of the Year Award by USC, 2004 SBA Business of the Year Award, 2003 Supplier of the Year award by Sempra Energy and 2003 Living History Maker Entrepreneur Award by Wells Fargo — Lattimore has been awarded Executive Business Management scholarships sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration to the University of Alaska, and the National Minority Supplier Business Development Council to Northwestern University, Chicago.

Accurate Engineering and Lattimore have been featured in 15 publications, including the covers of the National Business Advisor Magazine and the San Diego Business Journal.

Keeping her educational roots never far way, Lattimore has maintained a partnership in education relationship with the San Diego Unified School District since 1998, and is working on a plan to provide supplemental extended child care for district and military children and families. In addition, Accurate Engineering's academic internship programs are approved for credit units by local colleges and universities. Accurate Engineering is also a state of California-approved Apprenticeship Training Site.

Lattimore has sat on numerous industry, educational, and political boards and advisory committees over the years, including chair of the 51st Congressional Small Business Advisory Committee, former Sen. Morrow Small Business Committee, former Congressman Duncan Hunter Sr. Small Business Committee, National Defense Industrial Association Small Business Committee, and former Congressman Rick Lazio. She is dedicated to the empowerment and uplifting of small, minority and woman-owned small businesses.

As a woman small-business owner, Lattimore also is a long-time member and supporter of the National Association of Women in Construction, National Association of Woman Business Owners, and sits on the leadership committee of the U.S. National Women's Chamber of Commerce. She received national chapter approval in September 2011 as president of the National Association of Minority Contractors, San Diego and Imperial County Chapter.

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