Hughes Barney Investigations, LLC
Security Agency. Services include Live Scan Fingeprinting, Background Investigations, Uniformed Guards, Employment Screenings, Drugs & Polygraph Testing, Low to High Level Security consultations.
What one unique aspect of your business will make you succeed over the next year?
We understand the total realm of security across the board. The management team has held positions with a local police department in the areas of Internal Affairs, Undercover Tactical, and Detective's units. The Chief Investigator is a Federal Background Investigator with Security Clearance. HBI's Advisory Board includes a retired Air Force General, a sitting Judge, a retired Systems Accountant of a Federal agency and a veteran Polygraph Examiner for a federal agency. With over 100 years of combined federal experiences and working knowledge, HBI was established on a solid foundation. In order to remain on the cutting edge, HBI will continue to utilize SCORE and SBA. The services we offer are in very high demand, and will remain so. Current political, social, and economic events have increased the need to expand the security industry worldwide. We are positioned in the right industry at the very right time. We realize that we are only limited by the geographical areas that we choose to focus our efforts. The extensive services we offer in the manner of excellence will continue to lift HBI above the competition.
How does your business make a positive impact on the community?
The Security platform including background investigations, biometric and physical security are domains that are now ever growing in today's national industry. Obtaining various contracts will allow HBI to hire hundreds of people for long-term employment. It is a known fact that small businesses drive the economy. HBI is actively seeking to fulfill these needs for local, state, and federal governments. Future growth for the security industries across the nation is very promising as the market values continue on its upward trend. This trend suggests that the need for qualified security professionals will continue and continue with long-term sustainability.
What would you do with a $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card, training, and help from a SCORE mentor to grow your business?
A $1,000 Sam's Club gift card will allow me to purchase durable office equipment, such as additional phone systems, monitors, toners, and shredders. My SCORE Mentor, Mrs. Karen Williams, is priceless. I have found her to be a most extraordinary businessperson who is genuinely interested is helping me grow my business. In our short time together, Mrs. Williams has shared with me a wealth of information, the type of truths and methods that one would scarcely learn unless one actually works within a large prime company or within high-level positions within government agencies. As a mentor Ms. Williams is not only making a mark in my life that will never be erased, but she is impacting the lives of our future employees.
The following responses will be considered in judging for a SCORE Award.
How has working with a SCORE mentor helped your business?
Gaining operational insight into the internal processes of local, state, and federal governments is often a daunting experience. My SCORE Mentor has taught me valuable lessons and given me the tools of her experience that has helped and enhanced my knowledge of working with various levels of governments. Ms. Williams has removed the so-called fear factor, and given me understanding, knowledge and the confidence that gives me the edge over other competitors. She teaches with simplicity and understanding, breaking down the lesson for easy implementation. The best part is that, she listens to me without distractions. Ms. Williams is the type of mentor that I find to be genuine and compassionate. She is a true blessing!
Have you had to overcome any obstacles along the way to build your business?
As a minority woman owned business, the realm of security is indeed a male dominated field. Since our beginning is 2005, major primes and agencies have not exactly welcomed us warmly. Through sheer determination and a work ethic of operating in integrity and excellence, we have become one of the major producing live scan private providers in Maryland. We have built the biometrics division of our company, one customer at a time. Our short-term goal is to secure our 8a certification, which will assist HBI to level the playing field to a degree.
How will you utilize the marketing video and national recognition of winning a SCORE Award to help take your business to the next level?
If I were to win such an award, I would utilize the marketing video and recognition status on all of my social media and our printed marketing materials. As a member of a well-known church with a large membership, I am part of a marketing ministry, ICE that stands for Integrity, Character, and Ethics for the church's business owners. We gather quarterly for networking events. We share and learn many services that we can avail ourselves. Sharing SCORE will prove to be an invaluable source there I also participate in various trade shows and networking events throughout the DMV region. I would certainly highlight such an award at these events as part of our marketing strategy.