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Livonia firm earns Women's Business Enterprise certification

February 24,2018 13:26

Burke Architectural Millwork, LLC, a Livonia-based custom architectural millwork and finish carpentry manufacturer located at 30940 Industrial Road, received national certification as a Women's Business Enterprise by the Women's Business Enterprise ...


Published 12:01 a.m. ET Feb. 24, 2018

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Burke Architectural Millwork, LLC, a Livonia-based custom architectural millwork and finish carpentry manufacturer located at 30940 Industrial Road, received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. This marks the first architectural millwork manufacturer in the state of Michigan to gain the WBENC designation.
The WBENC certification for a women-owned business is a meticulous process, including an in-depth review of the business. This process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51-percent owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.
“We are extremely pleased to earn this certification, as it will allow us the opportunity to work with the most prestigious general contractors in the country and partner with other diversity vendors on projects,” co-founder and majority owner Kelly Victor-Burke said.
Victor-Burke was recently featured in the “Notable Women in Manufacturing 2018” by Crain’s Detroit Business and has fostered strong relationships with industry groups, such as the Michigan Manufacturers Association.
According to the 2017 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express OPEN, only 1.2 percent of the women-owned businesses are in the manufacturing industry. By recognizing the WBENC certification and including women-owned businesses among their vendors, more than 1,000 corporations and government agencies confirm their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier and vendor diversity programs.
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