Carmen Nazario, President and CEO of Elyon International, Inc. opens up about her background and the life experiences that helped shape and mold her leadership skills. Carmen believes we are a product of our environment and life experiences — everything, from our early life has an impact on how we respond to what comes along the way.

Carmen Nazario was named 8A Graduate of the Year at SBA Portland’s 2017 Small Business Week Awards Luncheon.

May 3, 2017 (Portland, Oregon) — Carmen Nazario, Founder and President of ELYON International, Inc. was named 2017 8(a) Graduate of the Year at Small Business Administration (SBA) Portland’s Small Business Week Awards Luncheon.  Nazario is a U.S. Army veteran from Puerto Rico.  Her father worked in the newspaper business and she dreamed of one day, touching the lives of others in her own way.

“Life is an adventure and you live a greater adventure when you are willing to take more risks,” reads the legacy in Carmen Nazario’s high school year book.   Though she didn’t have a crystal ball, Carmen’s quote selection would be foretelling of her future.  While attending a university in her native home of Puerto Rico, she decided to take her first big risk. She followed in the footsteps of her father, a World War II Veteran, and joined the U.S. Army, hoping to see the world.  Carmen served as a computer programmer during the Vietnam War; gaining skills that much later would help her establish her own company.  After leaving the Army, she attended school, earned her Bachelor’s degree and worked as an Information Technology professional.

Nearly 20 years later, Carmen took another huge risk.  As a single mother of three she decided to start her own business in the field she knew best, software development and consulting.  Today her company, ELYON International, Inc. has more than 80 employees working across seven states, and serves government and Fortune 500 companies.  In addition to participating in the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program, Nazario grew her business with assistance from the SBA Veteran Business Outreach Center and SCORE counseling.

Nazario was also selected as the SBA Region 10 8(a) Graduate of the Year among winners from the Pacific Northwest including Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.  She was one of 10 finalists for the SBA National 8(a) Graduate of the Year.

Each spring the SBA recognizes small businesses across the country during National Small Business Week (NSBW).  2017 winners were recognized during the SBA Portland District’s annual awards luncheon  on May 3 at the Portland Art Museum.


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Josh Sisco (left) and Carmen Nazario (center) receives Supplier of the Year award for Elyon International, Inc., presented by Fernando Martinez (right) and Northwest Mountain MSDC’s Awards Dinner ceremony.

ELYON International selected by the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (NWMMSDC) as the “2014 Supplier of the Year.”

ELYON International is proud to announce their selection by the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (http://www.nwmtnmsdc.org) as the “2014 Supplier of the Year”. Nominated in the small to midsized business category by the Boeing Company, ELYON was chosen from a pool of 13 other nominees.
The criteria for this award included business growth, community involvement, customer testimonials and dedication to the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) community.

Vice President Josh Sisco had this to say about the award, “This award is the result of a company wide effort and our tireless pursuit of excellence in service. It was an honor to be nominated and we are very proud of the award.” Mr. Sisco continued to say, “As a certified MBE of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), we have corporate goals and a culture of support for the council’s corporate members and MBEs.”

During a large invitational dinner held in Bellevue, Washington, ELYON President and Owner Carmen Nazario graciously accepted the award in front of hundreds of attendees.

ELYON International is a premier management consulting firm with a diverse list of both government and commercial customers. ELYON International provides comprehensive management consulting, information technology, geospatial and professional staffing support services that enable our customers to meet their goals and exceed performance objectives. Ingrained in the ELYON culture is a commitment to excellence that resonates throughout our valued employees and clients. We are committed to nourishing longstanding and fulfilling careers for our employees that builds on a strong life-work balance, opportunity for advancement and continuous improvement through training opportunities. ELYON has emerged as a trusted name for government and commercial sector customers. ELYON International’s President is the recipient of various leadership awards including the Oregon Minority Small Business Person of the Year award, presented by the SBA’s Portland, Oregon District and the Portland Oregon’s Metropolitan Hispanic Chamber, “BRAVO Award.”