Our Blog: Business Services

When Your Disadvantaged Business Enterprise is No Longer Considered Economically Disadvantaged

November 13, 2020
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

If you are a woman (WBE) or minority (MBE) owned business, you may have obtained Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification as a way to boost your business through access to federally-funded projects with requirements and/or goals to... Read more

SBA Guidance – Treatment of PPP Loans in M&A Deals and Equity Purchases

November 6, 2020

Recently, the SBA issued Procedural Notice 5000-20057 (the “Guidelines”) [ Read more

How to Challenge Another Company’s DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) Certification

October 19, 2020
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

On several occasions, clients and potential clients have approached me to ask how they can challenge another company’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification.  For example, they may believe that the owner exceeds the personal net worth... Read more

Who is considered “disadvantaged” for purpose of a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Certification? The answer may surprise you.

October 19, 2020
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

For purposes of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (otherwise known as “DBE”) Certification, the Code of Federal Regulations, 49 C.F.R. §§ 26.5 and 26.67(a)(1) provide that there is a rebuttable presumption of disadvantage for United States... Read more

Why Failing to File Your No-Change Affidavit Will Cause Your Business to Lose Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification

October 7, 2020
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

If your business is certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), it is required by 49 C.F.R. § 26.83(j) to file a yearly “affidavit of no change” which is sometimes called a “DBE Annual Affidavit.”  Not only is this form... Read more

Denied DBE Certification? Why it could be better to reapply than appeal.

September 30, 2020
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

When a business finds out that their application for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification was denied, their first reaction is to appeal.  However, appealing the denial may not be the best choice. ... Read more

Options for Certification as a Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) or Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) Under the New SBA Rules

July 29, 2020
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

As previously announced, some changes went into effect on July 15, 2020 for the Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB)... Read more

Applying for DBE Certification? Technical Competence is Required.

July 27, 2020
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

If your company is applying for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) through your state’s Department of Transportation (or local agency administering the state’s certification program), the socially and... Read more

What is the HUBZone Contracting Program?

July 17, 2020
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

While you may have heard of many different certifications such as DBE, MBE or WBE, not a lot of people have heard of the HUBZone program.  The Small Business Administration’s HUBZone program limits competition for... Read more

What Your Attorney Wants You to Know About the Certification Process

July 15, 2020
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

As an attorney who advises clients on obtaining and maintaining certifications such as Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), I wanted to... Read more