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The project team for the State of Indiana Disparity Study includes five firms that possess expertise directly relevant to conducting the study in a manner that meets the highest industry and legal standards.

BBC Research & Consulting (BBC).
BBC, which will serve as the prime consultant for the study, is a 50-year-old economic and diversity research firm based in Denver, Colorado. The firm has completed nearly 130 disparity studies for states, cities, transportation agencies, and other government organizations all across the country. BBC is also considered a national expert in helping organizations develop and refine their implementations of small and diverse business programs. The firm has provided expert testimony related to disparity studies and diverse business programs on several different occasions, most recently as part of the successful defense of the California Department of Transportation’s (Caltrans’) implementation of the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program. For more information about BBC, please visit their website at

Primary contacts:

Sameer Bawa                                         Wittney Skigen
Managing Director                                   Research Associate
BBC Research & Consulting                   BBC Research & Consulting
(t) 303-321-2547, ext. 247                       (t) 303-321-2547, ext. 246
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Engaging Solutions.
Engaging Solutions is an M/WBE-certified, Black American‐owned survey fieldwork firm based in Indianapolis. The firm was established in 2005 and has a staff of more than 40 accountants, planners, outreach specialists, project analysts, customer service representatives, and health needs assessment specialists. Engaging Solutions’ services focus on telephone survey fieldwork, diversity services, stakeholder engagement, and program compliance monitoring. For the State of Indiana Disparity Study, Engaging Solutions will survey thousands of local businesses as part of key disparity study analyses.

Briljent is an Indianapolis‐based, WBE‐certified professional services with more than 20 years of experience conducting large‐scale projects for government organizations, Fortune 500 companies, and businesses across the country. The firm specializes in offering best‐in‐class training research, project management, technical writing, change management, and staff augmentation services. For the State of Indiana Disparity Study, Briljent will conduct in‐depth anecdotal interviews and focus groups with business owners and other key stakeholders as part of the project team’s analyses of qualitative information.

Bingle Research Group (BRG).
BRG is a VBE‐certified quantitative and qualitative research firm based in Indianapolis. The firm has extensive experience in designing, implementing, and reporting on market research for various clients to develop marketing positions, communication messages, and marketing strategies for their products and services. The firm also possesses a great deal of experience conducting research for government agencies and nonprofit organizations. BRG has expertise in survey research, in‐depth interviews, and focus groups. For the State of Indiana Disparity Study, BRG will conduct in‐depth anecdotal interviews with business owners and other key stakeholders as part of the project team’s analyses of qualitative information.

Holland & Knight.
Holland & Knight is a multi‐national law firm and has participated in more than 60 disparity studies with BBC. BBC employs Holland & Knight to develop the legal analysis and framework on disparity studies and to consult on legal issues. Holland & Knight also has extensive experience conducting in‐depth interviews; collecting and analyzing anecdotal evidence; and assessing potential minority- and woman-owned business program measures. Holland & Knight develop the legal framework for the State of Indiana Disparity Study.

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