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Longmeadow design firm certified as Women’s Business Enterprise

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.”

MGM Springfield is inviting vendors to take part in an informational fair on July 17, regarding its needs for supplies and equipment for its $950 million casino project.

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.”

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MDA Lock-Up

Bailed out

SPRINGFIELD – Lisa Scheff, owner of Lisa Scheff Designs of Longmeadow, went behind bars at Samuel’s in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, on June 25, to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Scheff was “charged with having a ‘Big Heart,’” and taken into custody to serve her time.

“It’s important for me give back to my community and support local charities,” Scheff said of participating in the fund-raiser.

Market Mentors, LLC, Robert Charles Photography, The Light Touch Upholstery, Connecticut Lighting Center, GDR Electric, Paint Perfect, Cortina Tile and Santo C. DeSpirt Marble and Granite were among the contributors who helped Scheff raise more than $800.

The “Lock-Up” is the association’s premier fund-raising program. Business and community leaders, across the country, agree to be “put behind bars for good,” where they utilize their vendors, co-workers, family and friends to get donations that will go toward their “bail.”

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Motorization

Lisa Scheff Designs is proud to sell motorized shades for Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut residents.  We are especially excited to be able to show them off at Robert Charles Photography in East Longmeadow where we installed Hunter Douglas motorized Vignette Modern Roman Shades.  We were able to discuss the benefits of motorization with Mass Appeal’s Ashley Kohl in December of 2013.

You can check out the Mass Appeal Segment below.

Child Safety Promotion

Did you know that traditional cord lock lifting systems and continuous cord-loops on blinds and shades in your home are a potential hazard to your children and pets? As professionals in the window covering industry, we aim to raise awareness about this hazard and show you safe alternatives for your home that are beautiful and functional. For this purpose, Lisa made an appearance on Mass Appeal in September of 2013 to discuss Child Safety and window coverings as we headed into October which is Child Safety Month. Check out the video below.

Window Covering Warning LabelChild safety is serious business.

That’s why the window coverings industry uses warning tags, warning labels, and other methods to communicate the potential hazards of corded window coverings. The warning shown here, for example, communicates the important message about cords being a potential strangulation hazard and suggests choosing cordless alternatives or products with inaccessible cords.

Many people are unaware of this hazard in their own homes and are also unaware of the alternative products available to help keep your family and pets safe.

Download a Free Brochure on Child Safety

For additional information and repair kits for older Hunter Douglas window covering products, please visit The Window Covering Safety Council website.

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