Man Uses Home DNA Test to Qualify as a Minority Business Owner … Did it Work?

Ralph Taylor, the owner of Orion Insurance Group, now considers himself to be multiracial based on the results of an at-home DNA test. This test estimated that Taylor was 90 percent Caucasian, six percent indigenous American and four percent sub-Saharan African. With these results, Taylor applied for state certification with the Washington Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE). …

Guidance on Procedures for Submitting Good Faith Efforts Information on Design-Bid-Build Contracts

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of General Counsel has approved new guidance documents related to Procedures for Submitting Good Faith Efforts Information on Design-Bid-Build Contracts. This helps clarify how recipients must ensure that all contract bidders/offers submit DBE subcontractor information on design-bid-build contracts. To view this document, click here.

DBE Regulations – Official Questions and Answers

These questions and answers provide guidance and information for compliance with the provisions under 49 CFR part 26, pertaining to the implementation of the Department’s disadvantaged business enterprise program. The General Counsel of the Department of Transportation has reviewed these questions and answers and approved them as consistent with the language and intent of 49 CFR Part 26. These questions …

Century Steel Owner Pleads Guilty to $1 Million Fraud Scheme

Donald R. Taylor, the owner of Century Steel Company, plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States after conspiring with the owner of W.M.C.C. Inc. to obtain federally funded subcontracts intended for minority-owned small businesses, which Century Steel was not.  These actions resulted in payments of $1,065,000 from nine PENDOT subcontracts. Read the full story here.

Port of Long Beach and Long Beach Transit Interested in Diversity Programs and Goals

The Port of Long Beach and Long Beach Transit recently hosted a Prime Time Business Networking event, that gave small businesses insight to certification and internal bidding processes.  Both agencies are interested in meeting targeted diversity goals, looking to offer around 10% of contract and procurement business to Disadvantaged Business Enterprises. To find out more information, click here.

The Partners Program – DBE/WBE/SBE Firms

Delivering complex airport programs requires diversity, innovative thinking, and close collaboration among large and small firms. HNTB has created the Partners Program, a national effort to assist in the development of DBE/WBE/SBE firms. This 12-month program helps DBEs and Small Businesses to better understand the certification and pre-qualification processes, enhance technical expertise, and more. To read more information on this …

Company Connected with Federal Indictment Awarded $3.2 Million in Contracts

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has awarded Butler Enterprise Group, LLC with two $1.6 million public outreach contracts. This company is currently connected to a federal indictment and alleged bridge-rigging scheme in which Butler allegedly agreed to submit fraudulent bids to the Department of Energy. Larry Bush, the founder of San Francisco Friends and Ethics, argued that the SF …

Caltrans Workshop: Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification

Mon, June 26, 2017 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM PDT California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 7 Los Angeles 100 South Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 Increase your business opportunities to work on Caltrans highway projects with federal funding! Are you a small business owner? Do you meet the criteria below? If so, this free informational workshop is for …

Arizona Department of Transportation Program Helps Minority Businesses Grow

View video Line by line, it’s the intricate detail that Falcon Contracting considers a hallmark of its work. Even those who have never heard of the company before have likely witnessed its handiwork. If you’ve parked at a Walmart in the Valley, you’ve probably parked in between the company’s lines. Falcon is one of 1,600 businesses in ADOT’s Disadvantaged Business …