WASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On Monday evening, November 21st, the best and brightest in government contracting gathered at the Hyatt Reston Town Center to celebrate the SmartCEO, " 2016 GovStar Awards Finalists." At the end of the evening, Enlightened, Inc. stood as the winner of the Star Workplace Award, for medium size companies. The "SmartCEO GovStar Workplace Award" is presented to those government contractors with second-to-none workplaces. President and CEO, Antwanye Ford and Executive Vice President and CFO, Andre Rogers accepted the award and highlighted the importance of collaboration and the ability to celebrate wins, no matter big or small as the key to continued motivation and a desire to exceed client expectations as the backdrop of Enlightened's success. "Enlightened's culture of mutual respect and teamwork positions the company to celebrate both professional and personal employee accomplishments together," said Antwanye Ford, President & CEO of Enlightened, Inc. "The government contracting industry is one of the most challenging, multifaceted and competitive sectors in business. Enlightened's membership in this arena is proof positive of the passion that each and every employee comes to work with and their unwavering desire and drive to succeed." About the GovStar Awards The GovStar Awards program honors local government contractors for their technology innovation, workplace environment, growth, veteran support and impact on the industry and the marketplace as a whole. Government contracting is an extremely competitive and growing industry in the Greater Washington market, and the federal government is the largest consumer of products and services in the U.S. The GovStar program recognizes the many commendable attributes of Greater Washington-area companies striving for excellence in this complex and competitive sector. Each year, an independent committee of local business leaders selects the winners based on their growth, innovation, corporate culture, veteran support and industry impact. Finalists are profiled in the November/December issue of Washington SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at an awards reception in November, where category winners are announced live.