Columbia, Md. (March 25, 2008) – Audacious Inquiry, LLC, a leading management and technology firm, announces two milestones in its rapid growth.  In the March 7th issue of theBaltimore Business Journal, Audacious Inquiry was recognized as one of the largest web design firms in the region.  Audacious Inquiry has also received 8(a) certification as a minority-owned, disadvantaged business from the U.S. Small Business Administration, which will facilitate its expansion into federal government markets. “These two positive developments signal Audacious Inquiry’s continued growth as an innovator in marketing and technology in the mid-Atlantic region,” said Christopher Brandt, the firm’s managing partner.

Audacious Inquiry, founded in 2004, recorded 2007 revenues from its Web and Analytical Marketing business line of more than $700,000.  This ranked it 21st on the Baltimore Business Journal’s list of leading web design firms.  AI also earned a spot on the newspaper’s list of large telecommunications companies.

“The mission of our Web and Analytical marketing vertical is to help large client organizations leverage Internet technologies to create stronger relationships with their customers and prospective customers.  My work with AI provides a venue to apply principles learned through my research experience in the academic arena,” said David Bell PhD, senior partner andprofessor of marketing at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  “Although we’re not a traditional Internet-development company, an initially steady flow of consulting projects with significant web and software components continues to accelerate.”

The firm also received 8(a) certification from the U.S. Small Business Administration this month.  Congress created the 8(a) program so that the S.B.A. could help small companies owned and operated by socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs grow their businesses.  Many 8(a) businesses secure contracts with federal agencies, or serve as sub-contractors on large projects with those agencies.

“The 8(a) designation will not only help us grow our business in the government vertical, but it affirms our commitment to a diverse, multicultural workplace,” said Brandt.

AI has attracted a strong and growing team of talented professionals from leading competitors such as Accenture, BearingPoint, and EMC.