Supplier in the Spotlight: Aeparmia
With over 1100 Certified LGBTBE® suppliers, NGLCC certifies LGBT-owned businesses across the country and in hundreds of different industries. Certified LGBTBE® suppliers in the construction industry are one of NGLCC's fastest growing segments and Austin-based Certified LGBTBE® Aeparmia Engineering is a standout amongst this rapidly growing segment, recently being recognized by its local chamber with the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce 2018 Rising Star Award. Aeparmia Engineering founder Mia Parton shares what drew her to engineering and why she believes LGBTBE certification is important.
Supplier in the Spotlight: Aeparmia Engineering
- Name of business: Aeparmia Engineering, PLLC
- Name of founders: Mia Parton
- Date founded: September 2017
- Date certified: December 2017
- Location of business: Austin, Texas
- Number of employees: 4
1. What is Aeparmia Engineering?
Aeparmia is a fast-growing, certified minority and woman-owned civil engineering firm. We specialize in utilities coordination, design, and permitting for government agencies, utility owners and developers. Aeparmia Engineering is committed to providing a dynamic, progressive, and positive work environment to best serve their clients and communities. The company’s goal is to lead in innovation and effective permitting, as well as to engage in the high-tech engineering revolution to design the next generation’s infrastructure of smart cities.
2. What drew you to civil engineering?
At a young age, I had a great interest in ancient cities and their civil engineering systems. In addition to my skills in math and physics, it was a great match for me to pursue a career as a civil engineer, which has grown to become a passion of mine.
3. What makes Aeparmia different from other civil engineering companies?
We are well-rounded engineers with a broad range of technical expertise; however, we specialize in projects with complex utilities engineering and analysis. We pride ourselves on our high-quality service as we provide multi-disciplined civil engineering and professional services to various markets and clients. We believe that building strong client relationships is incredibly important and we work closely with our clients to engender complete trust.
4. Aeparmia proudly displays its diverse certification on its website. Why is this important to you as a diverse business-owner?
I have faced discrimination as a business owner and I am committed to raising awareness and advocating for equal opportunity for all businesses.
5. How has being a Certified LGBTBE® through NGLCC impacted your business?
The NGLCC and local chambers provide great support as well as great networking opportunities.
6. What advice would you give to an LGBT person starting a business?
Believe that you can achieve your goals and dreams. There will be challenges that you will overcome. Be passionate about what you do and treat everyone that crosses your path with kindness and great respect.