Awards and Recognition

ASBA is proud to be the recipient of the following awards:

  • 2016 Top 100 MBE Award Recipient
  • 2013 Minority Enterprise Advocate - Conference Management Executive of the Year Award
  • 2013 The Heritage Registry of Who’s Who™ Recognizes Tariq Shane (Read about it here)
  • 2012 Inc. 5000 Honoree & Award Recipient (Read about it here)
  • 2010 USDA Rural Development Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Contractor of the Year Award
  • 2004 Secretary of Transportation Minority Business Enterprise Award


ASBA in the Press           WHUR



The Heritage Who’s Who Recognizes Tariq Shane

[January 11, 2013]


Columbia, MD HWW/ Press/January 11, 2013 –Mr. Tariq Shane, CEO and President, of the American Small Business Alliance, Inc., was selected for inclusion in the forthcoming 2012-2013 edition of The Heritage Registry of Who’s Who. Mr. Tariq Shane’s accomplishments and achievements in the field of Event Planning and Management Services with American Small Business Alliance, Inc., (ASBA) warranted his inclusion into the most recent edition of The Heritage Registry of Who’s Who.


ASBA is an event planning, management, and marketing company that works with corporate and government agencies. ASBA specializes in planning customized trade shows, conferences, social and major events across the United States.  Designed to have every client’s event needs fulfilled under one roof, ASBA presents an offering of impressive services; such as site selection and logistic management, meeting facilitation, event management, audio visual, graphic design, conference support, event administration and administrative support.  ASBA has an incredible team handling every stage of the event process, from pre-event planning, on-site staffing to post-event reporting.  ASBA’s team consistently creates one-of-a-kind events, while ensuring client satisfaction.


Mr. Shane, a former Army Intel Captain and Gulf War Veteran, founded ASBA in 2001, who attributes his focus and nerve in the field of event planning to his military background. ASBA builds and maintains strong alliances with stakeholders, (businesses, government agencies, educational institutions) through exceeding client expectations, ethics, and integrity. Mr. Shane’s dedication to providing outstanding customer service to his clients, keeps a roster of ever-growing clients coming back to ASBA. ASBA is certified by the Green Business Bureau and is a Service-Disabled Veteran owned and Minority owned business.


The Heritage Registry of Who’s Who™, a New York based biographical publication, selects and distinguishes individuals throughout North America who have attained a recognizable degree of success in their field of endeavor and thereby contributing to the growth their industry.




Inc. Magazine Unveils 31st Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

American Small Business Alliance, Inc. Ranks No. 3209 on the 2012 Inc. 500|5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 64%
[August 21, 2012]


COLUMBIA, MARYLAND, August 21, 2012 Inc. magazine today ranked Columbia, Maryland based American Small Business Alliance, Inc. (ASBA) NO.3209 on its sixth annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs.  Unified Payments tops this year’s list. ASBA joins Yelp, yogurt maker Chobani,, KIND and famed hatmaker Tilly’s, among other prominent brands featured on this year’s list.


We are thrilled to be included in this year’s Inc. 500/5000, and to join the ranks of the nation’s fastest growing private companies,” says ASBA president Tariq Shane.  “It hasn’t always been easy over the years, but I am a firm believer that if you remain humble, never become complacent and keep God first, you can accomplish anything your heart desires. Being able to count ASBA as one of the honorees on this year’s list is definitely a humbling moment for me, and one I am extremely proud of.”


In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2012 Inc. 500|5000 companies remains an impressive 97 percent. The companies on this year’s list report having created over 400,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $299 billion.


Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at


"Now, more than ever, we depend on Inc. 500/5000 companies to spur innovation, provide jobs, and drive the economy forward.  Growth companies, not large corporations, are where the action is,” says Inc. Editor Eric Schurenberg.





The 2012 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2008 to 2011. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2008. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2011. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2008 is $100,000; the minimum for 2011 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at


About American Small Business Alliance, Inc.

Founded in 2001, the American Small Business Alliance, Inc. (ASBA) is a leading service-disabled veteran owned event planning and management organization that is built upon the premise of providing superior customer service to an array of diversified clients worldwide. With over twenty years of experience, ASBA specializes in planning, administrating and selling events such as trade shows, networking events, diversity enhancement forums as well as large and small conferences. For more information, visit


About Inc.

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders.  Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today.  For more information, visit


About the Inc. 500|5000 Conference

Each year, Inc. and celebrate the remarkable achievements of today’s entrepreneurial superstars—the privately held small businesses that drive our economy. The Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony brings together members of the Inc. community, both a new class of Inc. 500|5000 honorees and the list’s alumni, for three days of powerful networking, inspired learning, and momentous celebration. Please join us October 3–5, 2011, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information about the 2012 Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony and to register, visit or call 866-901-3205.


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