Our Blog: Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

Painting Contractor to Pay $400,000.00 to Settle Violation of DBE Program Rules

July 14, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

On July 13, 2021, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York announced a $400,000.00 settlement with Spectrum Painting Corp. (“Spectrum”) to settle civil fraud claims. The U.S. Attorney... Read more

Pennsylvania Fuel Distributor to Pay $692,000.00 to Settle Violation of DBE Program Rules

June 14, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

In early June, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York announced a $692,000.00 settlement with Naughton Energy Corporation (“Naughton Energy”) and its owners Mariette Naughton and Joseph... 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

Ohio Highway Construction Company to Pay $315,252.93 to Settle Violation of DBE Program Rules

April 5, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

On March 30, 2021, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Ohio announced a $315,252.93 settlement with Karvo Companies (“Karvo”) to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that the company... Read more

Denied Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification? Make Sure You Receive an Explanation!

February 12, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

If you are a small business where individuals who are considered socially and economically disadvantaged own at least 51% of the business and also control the management and daily business operations, you may qualify... Read more

Just Formed a Company? Learn When You Should Apply for DBE Certification

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

Frequently new business owners ask me if there is a waiting period or a certain amount of time that they must be in business before they can apply for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise certification.  Technically,... Read more

Why Bylaws and Operating Agreements Matter in Your Application for Disadvantaged Enterprise (DBE) Certification

February 1, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

If you are a business owner, when is the last time, if ever, that you read your corporate bylaws or your LLC’s operating agreement?  Do you understand how they affect your control of the business? Read more

Electrical Contractor to Pay $3.2 Million for DBE Fraud

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

Earlier this month, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Connecticut announced a $3.2 million settlement with Ducci Electrical Contractors, Inc. (“Ducci”) to resolve both a criminal and civil... Read more

Denied Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification? How to Appeal a WBE Denial Through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Counsel

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

Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification could be a valuable tool to help your business access additional opportunities.  This blog post will cover the appeal process for WBE certifications through the... Read more