May 28, 2015
Michael Akin Named Young Entrepreneur of the Year
LINK Strategic Partners President Takes Home Prestigious DC Chamber of Commerce Award
WASHINGTON — The DC Chamber of Commerce announces Michael Akin, president of LINK Strategic Partners, as its 2015 Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Akin, 33, a DC resident and alum of The George Washington University, founded LINK, a full-service strategic communications and stakeholder engagement firm, in March 2012. LINK pioneered a “high-tech” and “high-touch” brand of hyperlocal engagement that is changing the traditional consulting model.
“I am humbled, excited and proud to receive the 2015 DC Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award,” said Akin. “I founded LINK on the belief that ‘doing good’ is a viable business model. We are proving each day that doing well and doing good are not mutually exclusive. I’d like to thank my incredible team for helping to make this possible.”
Since its formation in 2012, LINK has grown from a small local communications and community engagement shop with a few clients to a national brand with more than 100 local, regional, and national clients, while still applying the same hyperlocal community-first approach that Akin established the firm around.
“Michael and LINK’s success at such a young age is a true testament to his hard work and unique vision of a successful business,” said Harry Wingo, President and CEO of the DC Chamber of Commerce. “It’s people and small businesses like Michael and LINK who provide such a valuable contribution to the Washington, DC economy and to our nation’s economy every day.”
The Chamber’s Champions Small Business Awards and Expo will take place on Friday, June 5, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center. For tickets or more information on the Chamber’s Champions Small Business Awards and Expo visit:www.dcchamber.org.
About LINK Strategic Partners
LINK Strategic Partners is a full-service strategic communications and stakeholder engagement firm located in the Greater Washington Urban League headquarters building in the heart of Washington, D.C. By understanding and respecting the communities in which we operate, we create and apply the right tools and strategies to translate challenges into opportunities for local success. We provide high-level expertise and personalized assistance in public relations, communications, community relations, branding, online engagement, digital strategy, and graphic design for corporate, government, nonprofit, and association clients. For more information, visit www.linkstrategicpartners.com.