Meta Lankford Cadigan Of CertaPro Painters Receives “2010 Entrepreneur of the Year” Award

Local Business Owner Recognized by Howard County Chamber of Commerce for Remarkable Achievements

Online PR News – 18-October-2010 – – (Columbia, MD)---Providing ongoing support for the community earned Ellicott City resident Meta Lankford Cadigan top honors as Entrepreneur of the Year from the Howard County Chamber of Commerce for her flourishing painting business, CertaPro Painters of Columbia. Lankford Cadigan, who started the business in November of 2006, will be recognized and honored by the community and her peers for her success at the Annual Signature Event on Friday, Oct. 1 at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City.

“I’m so grateful to be recognized for this award,” said Lankford Cadigan. “In a time when many businesses are struggling, we have been fortunate enough to maintain success and continue offering superb painting services for residents in Columbia, Clarksville and western Howard County.”

Prior to opening CertaPro, Lankford Cadigan spent more than six years in construction management with a national firm before leaving to manage her own business. Her passion and expertise in the field have enabled Lankford Cadigan to build a business from the ground up and maintain a 90 percent or above customer referral rating for four consecutive years. Lankford Cadigan also gives back to her community as director of membership retention for Howard County's Business Women's Network (BWN) and secretary for LeTip of Howard County. Additionally, she volunteers for the Maryland Food Bank.

CertaPro Painters, North America’s largest painting company, offers superior interior, exterior and special painting services to residential and commercial customers. The company has over 300 franchisees and more than 385 locations worldwide including the United States and Canada in addition to franchises in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Portugal and the Dominican Republic. CertaPro expects to open 50 locations this year alone, working towards the goal of having more than 500 locations by the end of 2011. For more information, visit