The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise certification is designed to provide contracting opportunities on Federally-funded highway, transit, and airport projects for small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. In the fall of 2014, the DBE certification program has undergone some major changes that can affect businesses. These include changes in:
- Certification standards, such as size standards and economic status
- New required forms and data collection processes
- Certification procedures, such as prequalification, appeals and grounds for removal have changed
- Goal setting and good faith efforts
- DBE program administration practices such as record keeping and contract compliance
- Please join the WBDC and McDonald Hopkins, LLC to find out how the new rules will affect your current or prospective DBE certification.
Michelle Kantor is an attorney who leads the Federal Government Contracting practice group in the Chicago office of McDonald Hopkins LLC. She has more than 26 years of experience practicing in government contracting, procurement law, corporate law and litigation. Kantor represents prime contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, professional service providers and other businesses in matters including, Federal regulatory compliance.