Tarolyn Buckles

Onyx Enterprise, Inc. is a certified woman andminority 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 34 years in the civil engineering, construction and real estate 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; MDOT I-69, I-94 Jackson, and I-75 Construction Engineering; the DWSD Technical Advisor, DWSD Construction Inspection services (Prime Consultant), Detroit Speed Humps, Detroit Joe Louis Greenway, and Detroit Streetscapes; GLWA Wastewater Master Plan, Lake Huron WTP Miscellaneous Mechanical Improvements, and 7 Mile Watermain; Wayne County Airport Berry Terminal Demolition- QA/QC and Safety Manager, Dingell Tunnel, and NEORSD Hydraulic Modeling Projects. Construction Contractor Building Renovations: Walker Miller Energy Services, Walker Miller Residence Building Renovations. Onyx has experienced consistent growth each year with an increase in staff from 4 to 10 employees with increase in revenues 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 President, 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 Association of Black Women in Construction Past Board member (NABWIC); Coalition of Minority Professional Engineering Societies (NSBE, SWE, SHPE), COMPES – Detroit, MI; Black Women Developers-Cinnaire program; Capital Impact Partners- Minority Developers Cohort; and COMTO Coalition of Minority Transportation Officials; and Goldman Sachs Small Business Detroit Cohort No. 3.

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 ConstructionCrystal 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
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;
New York Stock Exchange Ringing of the Bell 2021
for small businesses; Presentations and
Appearances: ULI, MDOT, ODOT 2020, 2021, SBA
Emerging Leaders 2016, 2017, MMSDC 2017
Conference, Inforum Board 2017, Univ. of Michigan
CEDO Events2008-2017, University of Michigan
College of Engineering Events 2013-2021, Small Talk
Radio 2015 and 2017; WWJ 950 2019. DBE
Conference 2015-2017; NABWIC speaker 2021, SBA/
National Business League Partnership Panelist April
2018. SBA Go Big Investingin 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