Distinction helps companies meet diversity compliance requirements

CLEVELAND, OH – AKHIA, a Hudson, Ohio-based business specializing in marketing integration, received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise, certifying it is at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by a woman.
By including women-owned businesses among their vendors, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier/vendor diversity programs. The national certification is also recognized by the State of Ohio.

AKHIA is owned by Hudson-based Jan Gusich, CEO, who founded the business with two employees in 1996. Since, she has helped grow the company to a 60-person, integrated marketing agency providing strategy and execution for marketing, content, creative, public relations, digital and social media. AKHIA has one additional owner in Ben Brugler, who serves as the agency’s president.

Diverse- and women-owned business enterprises are among the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. economy. Diverse-owned businesses generate an estimated $495 billion in annual revenue and employ nearly 4 million workers, while women-owned firms employ about 19 million people and generate $2.5 trillion in annual sales.

“Many of the companies we serve have a strong commitment to working with firms owned by women and minorities. We are exceedingly pleased to officially be able to help them meet those commitments,” said Gusich. “As a woman and an entrepreneur, I am very proud of what we have built here at AKHIA; we provide a high level of strategy and execution of programs designed to support a company’s business objectives, and we deliver it with unmatched service,” she said.

Certification requires a meticulous process spanning approximately six months, including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection designed to confirm female ownership, as well as viability and sustainability of the organization. The process was conducted by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), a certifying organization. WBENC was founded by 11 corporations to provide a national standard of certification for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) that could be trusted and accepted by hundreds of U.S. corporations with Supplier Diversity programs.

To learn more about AKHIA please visit www.akhia.com

Founded in 1996, AKHIA is an integrated marketing communications firm that distinguishes itself by focusing on a company’s business objectives and providing strategic solutions, including marketing, sales lead generation, public relations, social media and reputation management. AKHIA is located in Hudson, Ohio. The nearly 60-person organization was founded on a philosophy of message integrity and best-in-class account service. Today, that philosophy remains in the form of the agency’s dedication to strategic execution for its 30 clients spanning a wide range of industries in the business-to-business, service and consumer sectors.