Indianapolis, IN (August 9, 2016) – the etica group, inc, a leading Indiana based, professional architectural and engineering consulting firm with offices in both Marion and Allen Counties, today announced its certification as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).
The basic qualifications for acquiring a DBE certification require 51% ownership by a disadvantaged entity (including women), demonstrate expertise in the field of business, control daily business operations and must qualify as a small business as defined by the Small Business Administration. The application and review process are very detailed and thorough, ensuring that all requirements are met and valid.
“Being a certified DBE will put etica into a new tier of business. This certification will open new doors and increase the breadth of opportunities available for all of our lines of business: engineering, architecture, building envelope and inspection,” Jessica Nickloy, the etica group president and ceo comments. “I am very much looking forward to participating on INDOT projects with other highly qualified firms within the State of Indiana.”
Etica is also certified with the State of Indiana, City of Indianapolis as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and the City of Ft. Wayne as both a WBE and Emerging Business Enterprise (EBE). President/CEO and majority owner, Jessica Nickloy is also an active member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Indianapolis Construction Roundtable (ICR), American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), and Purdue Supplier Diversity Council.