LONGMEADOW – A Longmeadow interior design firm has received certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by a national nonprofit.
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, which is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the country, last week certified Lisa Scheff Designs as Women’s Business Enterprise, a statement from the firm says.
“We learned about the certification process at an informative panel for MGM Springfield’s vendor selection process,” Lisa Scheff, the firm’s owner and principle designer said in a statement. “We are proud to be a women owned and operated business and honored to receive this certification.”
The team at Lisa Scheff Designs intends on throwing its hat in the ring in upcoming bidding process to design part of the MGM Springfield casino, the statement says.
Established in 2000, the company is made up of four women: Scheff, interior design assistants Beth Giguere and Eliza Oumano, and administrative assistant Alyssa Cannella.
“The firm works primarily in residential design ranging from complete kitchen renovations to living room floor plans and designs with a belief that good design should focus on the client’s personal style and taste not the designer’s style or taste,” the statement says.
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council was founded in 1997, the statement says. The organization certifies businesses that are owned and operated by women. It has certified more than 13,000 businesses as being Women’s Business Enterprises.
“WBENC’s national standard of certification implemented by the WBENC is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection,” the statement says. “The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.”