Our Blog: Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

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

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

Steel Construction Companies to Pay $440,000.00 to Settle DBE Fraud Allegations

January 28, 2022
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

On January 27, 2022, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Illinois announced a $440,000.00 settlement with United Ironworkers (“United”), D&K Welding Services (“D&K”), Kim Rasnick... 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

What happens during a site visit for a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) application?

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

If your company is applying for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification, a representative of the certifying agency will perform an on site visit to your company’s principal place of business. The site visit is a required part of... Read more

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