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One Hyattsville-based business is getting a boost to its operations from celebrity business leaders following a nationwide competition aimed at recognizing small businesses.

“Hopefully we can talk about even better ways to integrate technology, and hopefully learn a lot,” said Mark Yost, general counsel for Neiswanger Management Services.

NMS is one of six businesses nationwide named as grand finalists in Comcast Business’s “Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs” program. Thirty-two regional winners were selected by a panel of Comcast judges. The grand finalists were selected through two-week public voting.

“We were really surprised,” Yost said. We don’t have a huge employee base or a big social media presence, so our story must’ve just gotten out.”

NMS provides leadership and management services to four nursing homes in Maryland, including St. Thomas More Medical Complex in Hyattsville, where their headquarters is located, as well as a dialysis company and a physician’s practice.

Peter Marsh, regional vice president for Comcast Business, said the “Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs” program, still in its first year, seeks to reward entrepreneurs who are leveraging technology to grow their business and enhance profitability.

“NMS Healthcare was selected for their innovative use of technology that enhances both the customer and employee experiences — a valuable combination of results that show how technology can transform an organization,” Marsh said.

Yost said NMS was one of the first nursing home management companies to go paperless, Yost said. “That allows us to focus more on our core mission — patient care — and less on administrative nonsense.”

The company also uses a computerized system to dispense daily doses of medications for patients, said NMS Chief Operating Officer Agustin Ramos.

“Automated dispensing allows you to bring the pharmacy in-house,” Ramos said. “It minimizes the errors, it minimizes the waste, and it maximizes the quality of services, because then the nurses get to spend more time with the patients.”

Each grand prize winner receives $20,000 cash as well as an all-expenses-paid trip for top executives to New York City in August, where they will receive one-on-one consulting from Marcus Lemonis, businessman and star of the reality show “The Profit”; celebrity chef Robert Irvine, and Comcast senior business executives.

“The consultants they’re putting us with are some big names,” Yost said. “I think it’s going to be nice to bounce some ideas off of them, and discuss growing the business, some pitfalls to avoid.”