HUDSON, Ohio—Dec. 19, 2017— AKHIA, a Hudson, Ohio-based business communications agency, recently earned its Women’s Business Enterprise Certification through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the largest nationally recognized third-party certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. As a WBENC-certified organization, AKHIA is now part of a large network of companies focused on fostering diversity and innovation in the workplace.

“Many of the corporations we work with have a strong commitment to working with organizations owned, operated and controlled by women,” said Jan Gusich, founder and CEO of AKHIA. “This certification means we can officially help them meet those goals, while providing them with the counsel and expertise they need to drive their businesses forward through effective communications strategies.”

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. Women’s Business Enterprise Certification process spans several months, including an in-depth review of the business and a site inspection to confirm female ownership, as well as viability and sustainability of the organization

“Our company was founded by a female entrepreneur who has made it her personal mission to develop women leaders and share the entrepreneurial spirit she has built the business on,” said Ben Brugler, president of AKHIA. “Achieving this certification is the perfect way to celebrate these two drivers that not only define where we’ve come from – but where we’re going.”

AKHIA was founded in 1996 by Jan Gusich who currently serves as the agency’s CEO. Over the past 21 years AKHIA has grown from a two-person startup to now employ more than 50 under Gusich’s leadership. Specializing in strategic communications solutions for all areas of business, the agency focuses on public relations, branding, internal communications, digital marketing, crisis communications and content marketing for national and international business-to-consumer and business-to-business brands.

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Founded in 1996, AKHIA is an integrated 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 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 clients spanning a wide range of industries in the business-to-business, service and consumer sectors.