• Cindy W. Hodnett

Barbour Spangle Design receives HUB certification

HIGH POINT — Barbour Spangle Design, a High Point-based firm offering professional design services for residential, commercial, showroom and educational clients, has received the HUB certification from the state of North Carolina.

HUB, an acronym for Historically Underutilized Business, is given to select companies following a rigorous application, vetting and certification process. The state’s Department of Administration — which acts as the state government’s business manager — seeks out HUB-certified businesses when offering bids for key projects. The designation signifies that Barbour Spangle Design has developed and implemented gold-standard bidding and budgetary processes, and accurate project management tools in addition to their design expertise and customer service strategies.

barbour spangleChristi Spangle, left; Christi Barbour of Barbour Spangle Design
“The HUB certification was recommended by an architecture firm that knew our work and believed partnering with us was right for a number of projects,” Spangle said, noting that the architect client stated that HUB-certified businesses receive higher consideration at the state level. “Even though it was an immense amount of work, we achieved the certification before we presented the project bid and, ultimately, we won the business.”

Spangle also noted that attaining the certification can help other leading architects and builders with whom Barbour Spangle partners by putting those firms in a better position to be awarded top jobs.

“It makes us a better partner,” she said.

Since achieving the certification, Barbour Spangle Design also received the Outstanding Achievement in Professional Service Award from the Minority/Women Business Enterprise group, an honor Spangle attributes in part to the HUB certification. The firm is co-owned by Christi Barbour and Christi Spangle and was founded in 2000.

Cindy HodnettCindy W. Hodnett | Upholstery/Style Editor

As the Upholstery/Style Editor for Furniture/Today, I spend my work hours studying the sloping curves of sofa frames, the intricacies of fabric and the nail head trim and button accents that function as jewelry on a piece of upholstery. I research the companies that bring these things together for retailers, and ultimately consumers, and interview industry leaders about their business strategies and where they think furniture is heading in the future. And when traveling, I provide a sneak peek at what I'm seeing, whether at international markets or in High Point or Las Vegas.

I look forward to sharing what I see and I hope you'll feel free to do the same. Email me at chodnett@furnituretoday.com or follow me on Twitter @CynthiaWHodnett.


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