Gray's Auctioneers certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise

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  • March 30, 2010

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Gray's Auctioneers is a woman-owned business certified by Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council .

Gray’s Auctioneers Llc, Northeast Ohio’s pre-eminent Fine Art & Antiques Auctioneers & Appraisers, received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

WBENC’s national standard of certification implemented by the Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women, as well as financially and operationally solvent. By including women-owned businesses among their vendors, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier/vendor diversity programs.

About Gray’s Auctioneers Llc

With more than two decades of experience as a licensed auctioneer Deborah J. Gray returned to Cleveland, Ohio to open her eponymous auction and appraisal showrooms in June 2007. As VP of Operations for Sotheby’s, the largest auction house in the world, Deborah was uniquely qualified to start a new auction and appraisal service in Northeast Ohio.  In February 2010, Melanie Halloran, a Specialist in the Books & Manuscripts department at Christies, joined Gray’s as their Director of Fine Books & Manuscripts.  Gray’s on staff team of appraisers offer USPAP certified appraisal services for insurance and estate tax purposes, as well as fair-market value reports if an item’s worth is all that is required.  Gray’s also offers free appraisal services at their showrooms, every Friday from 11am until 4pm.

Through their state of the art website and their global partnerships they attract bidders from all over the world, who can bid live online, and also through absentee or telephone bidding.  Gray’s commitment to excellence in customer service is demonstrated by the elimination of punitive fees and the holding of accurate reserves. Gray’s experts work closely with banks, trustees, executors, institutions, corporations and attorneys to inventory, appraise and realize the full value of collections & estates. Gray's Auctioneers provide pick-up and local delivery services with their own Mercedes truck, together with their experienced team of Fine Art packers and movers.

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The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council is the nation’s largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC is a resource for the more than 700 US companies and government agencies that rely on WBENC’s certification as an integral part of their supplier diversity programs.

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