Deidre Malone, president/CEO of The Carter Malone Group, LLC., is joined by U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Don Graves (left) and Under Secretary for Minority Business Development Donald Cravins Jr. after winning The Minority Marketing and Communications Firm of the Year award. (Courtesy photos)

Deidre Malone, president/CEO of The Carter Malone Group, LLC., is joined by U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Don Graves (left) and Under Secretary for Minority Business Development Donald Cravins Jr. after winning The Minority Marketing and Communications Firm of the Year award. (Courtesy photos)

Deidre Malone, president/CEO of The Carter Malone Group, LLC., is joined by U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Don Graves (left) and Under Secretary for Minority Business Development Donald Cravins Jr. after winning The Minority Marketing and Communications Firm of the Year award. (Courtesy photos)

Deidre Malone, president/CEO of The Carter Malone Group, LLC., is joined by U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Don Graves (left) and Under Secretary for Minority Business Development Donald Cravins Jr. after winning The Minority Marketing and Communications Firm of the Year award. (Courtesy photos)