Our Blog: Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

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

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

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