For this month’s “Looking Local” series, we spoke with LaTonya Barton, Business Manager of Waldorf-based Kingdomware Technologies, Inc.
Founded in 1993 by husband and wife duo Tim and LaTonya Barton, Kingdomware Technologies provides web, software, and technology solutions to enterprise problems. The company specializes in providing web, client, network, and mobile application solutions for government, industry, and nonprofits. The company got its start in 1993, when the Bartons created software to aid their church and its membership that allowed members to access parishioners’ names, faces, and other information.
According to Barton, they chose to start their company in Charles County, where they already lived, due to affordability relative to the surrounding counties. Today, the company employs less than ten full-time staff.
Kingdomware Technologies is a certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB), a Small Disadvantaged Business (SBD), and a MD Minority Business Enterprise (MBE).
Charles County Economic Development Department (EDD): What is your favorite part of living and working in Charles County?
LaTonya Barton (LB): It is the best of both worlds. You live close to shops, restaurants, the water, open areas and busy areas. There is so much to do in Charles County that you never get bored. You are not too far from National Harbor, D.C. or Virginia.
EDD: What is the best business advice you were ever given?
LB: Have a passion for your work and not for the money.
EDD: What do you feel is the most important skill one needs to have to run his or her own business?
LB: The most important traits you need are patience and persistence.
EDD: What has been your company’s greatest success thus far?
LB: Our greatest success thus far happened recently on June 16 of this year, with the Supreme Court ruling unanimously in our favor in Kingdomware versus the U.S. The Supreme Court ordered the Department of Veterans Affairs to set aside opportunities for service disabled veteran and veteran-owned companies when two or more certified companies can compete for the business. The Supreme Court has reaffirmed what the General Accountability Office confirmed, and what we have known to be true from the beginning. With this ruling, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs can continue its mission by setting aside opportunities for those who have served, as it fulfills President Lincoln's promise: "to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan...” This ruling will directly impact the economic standing of thousands of certified service disabled and veteran owned companies and the millions they support.