SMGG Blog

Denied DBE Certification? Why it could be better to reapply than appeal.

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

When a business finds out that their application for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification was denied, their first reaction is to appeal.  However, appealing the denial may not be the best choice. ... Read more

Premera Blue Cross’s $6.85 Million Settlement is the Second-Largest HIPAA Settlement to Date

September 28, 2020
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Health Law

On September 25, 2020 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“HHS”) announced what it billed to be the second largest payment to resolve a HIPAA investigation ever.  Premera... Read more

Orthopedic Clinic Pays $1.5 Million for HIPAA Breaches

September 22, 2020
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Health Law

On September 21, 2020 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“HHS”) announced a $1,500,000 settlement with Athens Orthopedic Clinic PA ("Athens Orthopedic") for violations of... Read more

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

Supreme Court Holds That School Bus Surveillance Video is a Public Record But Student Images Are Not

July 9, 2020

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) could not protect a school bus surveillance video as exempt under Read more

Third Circuit Broadens First Amendment Speech Protection for Students’ Off-Campus Speech

July 6, 2020
By Adam Tragone
Posted in Education, First Amendment Matters

Recently in B.L. v. Mahanoy Area Sch. Dist., the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that a public student’s posting on the internet website Snapchat, which occurred off-campus, was... Read more

PA Offers COVID-19 Grants to Small Businesses – Starting June 30, 2020

June 30, 2020

On June 30, PA begins offering grants of between $5,000 to $50,000 to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.   This is not a first-come, first served program and grants will become available in several separate offerings over the... Read more