TOWSON, Md. – Daft McCune Walker, Inc. (DMW), a multidisciplinary consulting firm with headquarters in Towson and offices across the state, recently received its Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification from the state of Maryland for Engineering, Surveying, Environmental and CAD services. As a recognized women-owned business, DMW will expand its reach to support the engineering, environmental and surveying needs of public sector clients, while continuing to grow its private sector business.
“We are very excited about the opportunities and recognition this certification brings to our firm,” Lisa Gobrecht, president of DMW said. “The MBE certification will allow our partners and clients to take advantage of the depth of talent we have on staff, and to be more competitive in their bids for public sector work.”
The state’s MBE program is managed through Maryland’s Department of Transportation (MDOT). The process for certification is meticulous, including a lengthy investigation and evaluation of the business to confirm that it is at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by one or more women. Firms must be certified as an MBE in order to be counted toward the minority participation goal on state and certain local and municipal contracts.
This certification provides a significant competitive advantage for DMW. Many companies look for partnerships with a minority-owned firm in order to meet supplier diversity guidelines, and to demonstrate their commitment to small, minority- and women-owned businesses.
“This is tremendous news for us,” said Gobrecht. “We look forward to establishing long-term, mutually rewarding relationships with our partners.”
“DMW has earned a reputation in the market as a solid partner whose specialized expertise helps clients and partners make informed decisions about their projects,” Dane Bauer, managing director at DMW said. “As a certified MBE, we are able to extend that same level of expertise to the public sector.”
About Daft McCune Walker, Inc.
Founded in 1970 and headquartered in Towson, Md. with offices in Frederick, Md., and Berlin, Md., DMW is a consulting firm that provides land planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering, land surveying and environmental services to public and private sector clients throughout Maryland and the region.