Our Blog: Business Services

ICYMI: US House Passes Recreational Marijuana Bill

April 8, 2022
By Matthew Morella
Posted in Business Services, Medical Marijuana

It was April Fools’ Day, but it was not a joke. On April 1, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to legalize marijuana. The bill, dubbed the MORE Act, was passed mostly along party lines by a vote of 220-204.... Read more

SBA Updates Size Standards for Many Industries

April 8, 2022
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

On March 31, 2022, the Small Business Administration issued several Final Rules, as part of the ongoing effort to update the Small Business Size Standards for many industries.  Read more

Medspas Must Comply With Pennsylvania’s Corporate Practice of Medicine Doctrine

April 1, 2022
By Matthew Morella
Posted in Business Services, Health Law

Medical spas (“Medspas”) offer luxurious treatments like massages, salt glows, and seaweed wraps. They also offer clinical procedures like Botox, laser hair removal,... Read more

Changes in Your Disadvantaged Business Enterprise? What, When and How to Report

March 3, 2022
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

Most Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certified businesses are generally aware that they have some sort of duty to report changes in their business at some point.  Some think that changes only need to be reported in the yearly affidavit.... Read more

How Does a Person Prove LGBT Status for Purpose of Certification?

December 23, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

If you are an LGBT business owner, you may have considered becoming a certified LGBT-owned business through the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) certification or another... Read more

Contractor to Pay $188,879.59 to Settle Claims That Owner Falsified DBE Personal Net Worth Statement

November 2, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

On October 29, 2021, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Texas announced a $188,879.59 settlement with Muniz Concrete and Contracting, Inc. to resolve False Claims Act allegations arising out of... Read more

Can Your Ownership In Your Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Be Held in A Trust?

October 21, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

There are many tax and estate planning reasons why a person may want to put their ownership interest in a business into a trust.  However, if that business is or wants to be certified as a Disadvantaged Business... Read more

What is a NAICS code and why is it important to your DBE/MBE/WBE certification?

October 5, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

If your company is applying for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) or Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification, you will need to provide your company’s NAICS... Read more

ALLEGHENY COUNTY EMPLOYERS MUST PROVIDE PAID SICK LEAVE

September 16, 2021

A few years ago, employers in Pittsburgh became subject to the City’s paid sick leave ordinance.  Now, all employers with 26 or more employees are covered by a local paid sick leave law.  On September 14, the Allegheny County Council ratified... Read more

PITTSBURGH EMPLOYERS – TIME TO CHECK YOUR COVID LEAVE POLICIES

July 28, 2021

As many of you return to work, you may be paying particular attention to news about COVID and the delta variant.  Seems Pittsburgh City Council is, too.  On July 27, City Council approved new temporary COVID paid... Read more