Buzzquake Marketing, LLC, today announced that it was certified as a woman-owned business by the Maryland Department of Transportation, according to Lynne D’Autrechy, the company’s president and majority owner.
“Our effort to get certified is as much about affirming the inherent worth of woman and girls as anything else,” said D’Autrechy from her Ellicott City office. “I hope my endeavors might inspire other women to try their hand at launching a business.”
/buzzquake was certified by the State of Maryland in three NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) codes:
- 541430 – Graphic design services (specifically computer graphic and logo design)
- 541511 – Custom computer programming services (specifically computer programming; software development, analysis, design and testing; and web design)
- 541613 – Marketing consulting services (specifically digital, print and public relations marketing and consulting)
The woman-owned business certification, which was made official on Sept. 8 via a letter from Antonio Cabanas, chairperson of the state’s Minority Business Enterprise Advisory Committee, represented the culmination of a year-long process that included the submission of dozens of financial and corporate documents, an on-site audit and a public hearing before the committee.
“The certification process we went through was rigorous. We had to submit a stack of documentation – enough to fill a large binder,” recalled D’Autrechy. “Although it took a lot of time, it was good to see that applicants were fully vetted.”
Only certified firms are eligible to fulfill minority participation goals on contracts issued by the State of Maryland, explained D’Autrechy. “The Department of Transportation oversees certifications that are applicable to all state agencies.”
State regulations require firms to recertify annually.
“We are in the process of registering as a woman-owned business with Maryland’s Small Business Reserve Program and eMarylandMarketplace, which we hope will help us grow our business through state and local contracting,” said D’Autrechy.
eMarylandMarketplace allows one-stop access where interested bidders can browse solicitations, submit bids electronically and obtain bid results, according to a Maryland website.
“Yes, this is about business development, but it’s also about giving women a collective voice and advocating for the next generation of female entrepreneurs,” said D’Autrechy. “I look forward to the day when being a woman business owner is no longer considered a disadvantage.”