Our Blog: Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

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

How Your Business Can Get DBE Certification in Other States

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

Depending on your business and location, your company may do business in multiple states.  If you want to get Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification for your business, you must first do it through your own state.  (Please see my... Read more

Recent Small Business Administration Ruling Agrees with Protest that Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business was Not Controlled by Service-Disabled Veteran

June 26, 2020
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

The Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) recently sustained a protester’s challenge to a company’s status as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). Covenant Construction Services was the... Read more

Pivoting Your Business in the Age of COVID-19 – Changing Your DBE Certification to Reflect Your New Areas of Business

June 24, 2020

When your business obtains Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification, you are certified under one or more NAICS codes.  The NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) is used to classify businesses using a six-digit number... Read more

Do Owners Have to Contribute Money to Their Company in Order to Get DBE Certification?

June 23, 2020
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

In order to obtain Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification, the socially and economically disadvantaged owner is required to have “a significant financial investment in the firm.”  49 C.F.R.... Read more

New SBA Rules for Women-Owned Small Businesses and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business

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

There are several changes for Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSB) that go into effect on July 15, 2020.  Detailed information about the changes can be found here: Read more

Know Your Rights: What To Do If Your Company’s Application For DBE Certification Is Denied.

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

If your business has applied for certification as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) through your state’s Department of Transportation (or local agency administering the state’s certification program), you... Read more