Tarolyn Buckles 

President & CEO 

Onyx Enterprise, Inc.


Ms. Tarolyn Buckles is President and CEO of Onyx Enterprise, Inc. Biography Onyx Enterprise, Inc. is a certified woman and minority-owned engineering consulting firm headquartered in Detroit, Michigan and an office in Cleveland, OH and Atlanta Georgia.  Onyx will be expanding geographically with offices opening soon in Tampa, FL.  Ms. Buckles is a graduate of the University of Michigan Civil Engineering Structures. She has worked 30 years in the civil engineering industry. As a Civil Engineer and Project Manager, Ms. Buckles worked for MDOT, Waste Management, ARCADIS, and METCO. Onyx Enterprise, Inc. was established in 2007 and launched full-time in 2011. Onyx signature projects are M-1 Rail, I-94 Bridge Municipal Utility design and construction engineering services, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department Technical Advisor, Great Lakes Water Authority Wastewater Master Plan and Lake Huron WTP Miscellaneous Mechanical Improvements, City of Detroit DPW Streetscapes, Wayne County Airport Berry Terminal Demolition- QA/QC and Safety Manager, Wayne County Roads (Warren, Haggarty, Middlebelt, and Inkster, Cherry Hill) and Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Hydraulic Modeling Projects.   Onyx has experienced consistent growth each year with an increase in staff from 4 to 8 employees and 30-50% increase in net profits each year. Ms. Buckles is alumni of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business prestigious program.  Ms. Buckles is also a graduate of the SBA Emerging Leaders, the Turner Construction Management program, and Barton Marlow MentorMe MMSDC, and Inforum Masters Class programs in Detroit.  Ms. Buckles serves on four (4) Boards: Michigan Virtual Charter School Board Treasurer, University of Michigan College of Civil Engineering Board member, University of Michigan Engineering Alumni Board (MEAB) Board member, and University of Michigan Engineer Magazine. She is the Co-Founder and Chair of National Association of Minority Consulting Engineers (NAMCE) – Detroit Chapter and also active in many organizations American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)-Small Business Committee,

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Detroit Professionals Past Chair; National Organization of Minority Architects-NOMA; Co-Founder of Coalition of Minority Professional Engineering Societies (NSBE, SWE, SHPE), COMPES – Detroit, MI; and Co-Founder of COBO Coalition of Black Organizations- now known as Black Affinity Group; and COMTO Coalition of Minority Transportation Officials.

Ms. Buckles has received many Honors and Awards:  -Best Small Business in Michigan-2020 -Crain’s Notable Women in STEM-2019 -Michigan 50 Company to Watch award winner with Michigan Celebrates Small Business-2019 -National Association of Women in Construction- Crystal Vision Award-2019 -Michigan Chronicle- Women of Excellence Award2019 -National Society of Black Engineers- Golden Torch Entrepreneur of the Year Award-2019 -DAPCEP Real Mccoy Alumni Award 2018 -Chi Epsilon Honorary member Univ. of Michigan Civil Engineering 2017;  -Ernst Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist 2017; -SBA Impact Award Business and Community Finalist 2017;  -University of Michigan Engineering Alumni Board Chair 2019-2021- Distinguished Service Award 2017 -Best Minority Woman-Owned Engineering Consultancy – USA, Award 2017 -USDOT Women Impacting the Nation in Transportation 2016; -Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) – Building the Pipeline Award;  -American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – Committee on Diversity and Women in Civil Engineering – Honorable mention for ongoing promotion of diversity within civil engineering;  -University of Michigan – 5 under 10 Award for Professional achievements and community service;  Presentations and Appearances:  SBA Emerging Leaders 2016, 2017, MMSDC 2017 Conference, Inforum Board 2017, Univ. of Michigan CEDO Events 2008-2017, University of Michigan College of Engineering Events 2013-2019, Small Talk Radio 2015 and 2017; WWJ 950 2019.  DBE Conference 2015-2017. SBA/ National Business League Partnership Panelist April 2018. SBA Go Big Investing in Small Businesses Entrepreneur Circle Panel May 3, 2018. ACEC Conference 2015, 2016, 2017, COMTO Conference 2017 and August 2018 presenter. Michigan Chronicle 2018 and 2019; Crain’s 2019  10 entrepreneurs on the rise in Detroit. 2019