SMGG Blog

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

Rent Relief Available in Allegheny County and Surrounding Counties

March 24, 2021

HAVE YOUR RENTAL PROPERTIES BEEN NEGATIVELY AFFECTED BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC? YOU MAY BE ABLE TO RECEIVE RENTAL ASSISTANCE ON BEHALF OF YOUR TENANTS. CONTACT THE REAL ESTATE ATTORNEYS AT STRASSBURGER MCKENNA GUTNICK... Read more

Earl v. NVR, Inc., trading as Heartland Homes of PA: Werwinski is dead

March 18, 2021
By Lydia Gorba
Posted in Litigation, Real Estate

Like many Western Pennsylvania homebuyers, Lisa Earl was enticed by Heartland Homes’ billboards and post signs touting luxury finishes, timeless design, and quality architecture. Understandably, when she chose to... Read more

CLIENT ALERT – Tax Assessment Appeal Advisory

March 12, 2021

HAS YOUR PROPERTY BEEN NEGATIVELY AFFECTED BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC? YOU MAY BE ABLE TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR REAL ESTATE TAXES BY SUBMITTING A PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT APPEAL. CONTACT THE REAL ESTATE ATTORNEYS AT... Read more

Summary of Business Provisions in American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

March 11, 2021

COBRA Health Care Coverage Section 9501 - Employees have new COBRA health care coverage continuation options.  Unemployed former employees can obtain premium assistance from April 1, 2021 through September... Read more

What is a Decennial Report, and Do I Need to File One?

February 22, 2021

In mid-January the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations may have sent you a postcard admonishing you that your organization has not made any filings with the Bureau... Read more

CLIENT ALERT – Independent Contractor Rule Change Delayed

February 22, 2021

For those of you preparing for the change in independent contractor rule scheduled to take place on March 8, stop – at least for the time being.  On Friday, February 19, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced... 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