Columbia, Md. (June 1, 2007) – Audacious Inquiry, LLC, a boutique management and technology consulting firm, has announced the opening of its headquarters in Howard County’s Center for Business and Technology Development. The company’s new offices will be used as a staging area for its growing number of client engagements throughout the region. 

“We are pleased to welcome Audacious Inquiry’s growing team of consulting professionals to their new home in Howard County,” said Carol Morrison, Director at the NeoTech Incubator at the Center for Business and Technology Development. 

The NeoTech Incubator provides basic office support and entrepreneurial assistance as well as networking opportunities for high-tech startup companies. 

“The Center for Business and Technology Development offers an attractive platform from which to deliver our growing array of capabilities,” said Christopher Brandt, Audacious Inquiry’s Managing Partner. 

The move coincides with the addition of three experienced professionals to the AI team. 

Jay Fridkis joins AI with proven leadership experience and project management skills in the areas of accounting, ERP systems, budgeting, financial analysis, contract administration, and staff development. He holds degrees from Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Scott Afzal joins AI from Accenture, Inc., where he served as a business and systems integration consultant based out of the New York City office. He holds a degree in business management from Bucknell. 

David Finney joins AI from Brown Advisory, a Baltimore-based asset management firm. David brings marketing, communications and creative expertise to the AI team. He is a graduate of Yale University and is completing a masters from Johns Hopkins. 

“Jay, Scott and David bring a wealth of experience and complementary skill sets to our growing team,” Brandt said. “Their arrival is a strong step towards our goal of becoming the preeminent management consulting firm in the Washington/Baltimore market and beyond.” 

About Audacious Inquiry, LLC:
Audacious Inquiry is an innovative management and technology consulting firm dedicated to helping client organizations leverage visionary processes, alliances, and information systems to improve efficiency and create sustainable competitive advantages. AI offers a wide range of consulting services, including: 

  • Measuring and optimizing operational performance; 
  • Managing strategic change initiatives through quantifiable goals and objectives; 
  • Developing of “out of the box” spin-out projects to explore alternate revenue streams or diversify the business; and *
  • Evaluating the return on investment for project portfolios, and ensuring the alignment of capital investments with strategic goals. 

About the Howard County Center for Business and Technology Development:
Founded in May, 2000, the center is dedicated to the discovery, stimulation, nurturing, growth and success of entrepreneurship in Howard County. It has gained a reputation for creating innovative programs to foster entrepreneurship in the greater Washington/Baltimore region. Among its many service offerings, the center provides assistance to over 1,000 entrepreneurs annually through its Business Resource Center and facilities for NeoTech Incubator companies. A “one stop shop” for entrepreneurial services, the center is one of the few facilities in the nation that combines a business incubator and business resource center under one roof. 

The Center for Business and Technology Development is part of the Howard County Economic Development Authority, a public-private partnership that promotes growth and stability by supporting existing businesses, targeting new businesses, and attracting corporate/regional headquarters.

For more information, contact: 
David Finney, Director of Communications 
(301) 560-6999