Lakewood's Hughes Group owner lauded

A Lakewood business owner, Patrick L. Hughes, has been named national Minority Small Business Person of the Year at the National Minority Enterprise Development Week Conference in Washington, D.C.

Hughes is owner of Hughes Group LLC, a firm that provides services to the military and business communities.

“We are honoring the Hughes Group today for its extraordinary commitment to excellence in providing innovative products and services to the federal government and commercial markets,” said federal Small Business Administration Administrator Karen G. Mills.

“Hughes’ commitment to excellence has made his small business the third-fastest-growing minority business in Washington state and has helped spur job creation in the small business community and the nation’s economy,” Mills continued.

The veteran-owned company was established in 1999 by Hughes, a veteran of 28 years in the military.

The Hughes Group was chosen from a group of 10 regional winners.