Chemical Engineer, Nonprofit Founder Named First-Ever Baltimore Small Business Community Hero

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Chemical Engineer, Nonprofit Founder Named First-Ever Baltimore Small Business Community Hero
Dr. Kimberly Brown of Amethyst Technologies, LLC and Global Outcomes, Inc. wins award for community dedication


Baltimore, MD (November 19, 2014) – Direct Energy and 435 Digital, by The Baltimore Sun honored Dr. Kimberly Brown, founder of Amethyst Technologies, LLC and Global Outcomes, Inc., as the first-ever Baltimore Small Business Community Heroes awardee for her dedication to community investment. Brown’s company hosts a bioengineering internship program and welcomes one Biotechnology Institute program graduate as an intern with both programs providing training and experience in the biotech industry. She also launched Global Outcomes, Inc. a nonprofit focused on education, global health, and economic empowerment.

Brown is very active in the community as well. She was appointed by the Anne Arundel County Executive to the Commission for Women and the Minority Business Enterprise Committee. She is a member of the Life Science Advisory Board for the State of Maryland, the Board of Visitors for the Clark School of Engineering at University of Maryland College Park, and formerly served on the Maryland Commission for Women. And this is just a snapshot of her community involvement.

“Kimberly’s dedication to giving back to the Baltimore area epitomizes what we were seeking when selecting the first-ever Baltimore Small Business Community Heroes award winner,” said Stephen Girard, head of small business, Direct Energy Business. “Not only is Kimberly an inspiration to bolstering the small business community, she gives back by being very active in the community, and through her small business and nonprofit.”

“435 Digital, by The Baltimore Sun is proud to join Direct Energy in honoring Kimberly for the good she’s doing in her community and beyond,” said Renee Mutchnik, marketing director for The Baltimore Sun Media Group. “Kimberly is truly a community hero.”

By winning the Baltimore Small Business Community Heroes award, Direct Energy will donate $2,000 to Global Outcomes, Inc.  Additionally, Brown received a $500 cash prize and was presented with a commemorative award.

The judging committee for the Baltimore Small Business Community Heroes also selected one Honorable Mention, Skip Case, founder of Case Industrial Partners, Inc. for his dedication to the Maryland New Directions nonprofit. Direct Energy donated $250 to Maryland New Directions. 

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About Amethyst Technologies, LLC
Founded in 2006 by Dr. Kimberly Brown, Amethyst Technologies provides ISO 9001:2008 and 17025:2005 compliant quality program development and services to support global health, research, drug development, and manufacturing. Core services include quality program development worldwide, global health systems strengthening, training, laboratory initial outfitting and transitioning, technical services including validation and calibration, and innovative computer software to improve compliance to international regulations and health related policies.  For more information, visit

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