Our Blog: Business Services

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

Thinking about including a no-poach clause in your contract? Think again.

May 7, 2021

At the end of April, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided whether no-hire, or “no-poach,” provisions that are ancillary to a services contract between business entities are enforceable under the laws of this... Read more

Strict Liability in Pennsylvania’s Consumer Fraud Law: It’s Not About a State of Mind.

May 6, 2021
By Lydia Gorba
Posted in Business Services, Litigation

In 1999, Gary and Mary Gregg enlisted the services of Robert A. Kovalchik, a financial advisor and insurance salesperson for Ameriprise Financial, Inc. As a result of misrepresentations made by Mr. Kovalchik, the... Read more

Using Joint Assets to Fund Your New Company? Make Sure Spouse Renounces Funds if You Wish to Obtain Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification

April 28, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

Many married couples have joint bank accounts.  If one spouse uses joint assets to start a business, it may create problems when that business tries to apply for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)... Read more

Why Being a “Family Business” May Prevent Your Company From Obtaining Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification

April 9, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

Many small businesses begin as or grow into a “family business” where multiple members of the same family own or play important roles in the company.  A small business where individuals that are considered... Read more