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Comments on Proposed Rule Regarding the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program, RIN: 3245-AG72

Dear Ms. Fernandez: We are writing to submit comments on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) above-referenced proposed rule, issued May 1, 2015, 80 Fed. Reg. 24,846. Our firm represents small businesses,...more

Alert: SBA Proposes Regulations to Implement Sole-Source Contract Awards for Women-Owned Small Businesses

The Small Business Administration ("SBA") recently issued a proposed rule to address statutory changes that would permit agency contracting officers to award sole-source contracts to women-owned small businesses ("WOSBs") and...more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 17

Welcome to the seventeenth edition of The Construction Advantage! In this issue, we bring you a recap of our recent networking event for women in construction and project development, Mike Bosse shares a housing market update...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2015

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - SBA Issues Proposed Rule to Amend Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a proposed rule to amend its...more

Can You Discriminate Against a Company's Race? Fourth Circuit Says Yes, Grants Standing to Sue for Racial Discrimination

Owners, contractors and other recipients of federal funds be aware: when construction or other federally-funded contracts sour, not only can contracting parties file lawsuits claiming breach of contract, but if the...more

It’s That Time of Year Again!

It’s that time of year again! Yes, it’s the season to be thankful and there are many holidays on the horizon. And it is also the time where we are overflowing with gatherings and activities for all our organizations and...more

Celebrating Women's Small Business Month

Women now more than ever are turning to entrepreneurship to take charge of their own career trajectory. According to American Express OPEN’s 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, it is estimated that there are nearly...more

Women GCs: The Best Advice I Ever Received

Over three days during September 17-19, InsideCounsel magazine succeeded where others have not. They created a national forum to facilitate women-to-women exchange on current legal issues. This year’s conference was the...more

House members propose bill to nullify CFPB indirect auto finance guidance

A bipartisan group of fourteen House members have introduced a bill (H.R. 5403) that would nullify the CFPB’s indirect auto finance guidance issued in March 2013 and require the CFPB to provide for a notice and comment period...more

A Husband’s “Illusory” Control: Recent SBA Decision Clarifies Role of Spouse in EDWOSBs

Since inception of the WOSB Program, the SBA has been sensitive to the involvement of husbands in WOSBs and EDWOSBs. To combat the risk of a husband (or another man) running a WOSB or EDWOSB, the regulations require that the...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - August 2014

In this issue: - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue an Interim Rule to Amend FAR: Equal Employment and Affirmative Action for Veterans and Individuals With Disabilities - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue a Final Rule to Amend...more

Federal Register Round Up – June/July 2014

DOD Proposed Rules Seeking Contractor Business System Rule Self Assessments - The Department of Defense issued a proposed rule on July 15th that would revise the DFARS Business Systems Rule by requiring contractors...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - June 2014 #4

In this issue; - DoD Issues Proposed Rule to Amend DFARS Defense Contractors Performing Private Security Functions (DFARS Case 2014-D008) - DoD Issues Final Rule to Amend DFARS Private Sector Notification...more

WOSB and EDWOSB Programs: Getting Certified and Staying Compliant

In this presentation: - WOSB/EDWOSB programs trending up - Eligibility criteria - Understanding the application process - Taking full advantage of the WOSB/EDWOSB programs - Maintaining...more

Can a Monthly Lunch Date Further Your Career?

I recently attended a workshop hosted by Bryan Cave’s San Francisco Office as part of the firm’s Women’s Initiative. The workshop was lead by coaches from Suite Track. At the end of the presentation, the coaches challenged...more

Ellen Blattel Talks Women in Business

The following is excerpted from a chat on the couch with Blattel Communications Founder and CEO Ellen Blattel. We looked at the issues facing women in business, and Ellen reveals her path into the public relations and...more

House Small Business Committee Approves Two Bills Designed to Help Small Business Contractors

A little over a month ago, Rep. Sam Graves, Chairman of the House Committee on Small Business, introduced a pair of bills designed to increase the participation of small business contractors in federal contracting....more

Legal Advisor Newsletter - First Quarter 2014

In this issue: - Are You Ready for the Cybersecurity Boom? - Size Appeal of Mali, Inc., SBA No. SIZ-5506 (2013) - Be A Resolved Employer in 2014 - 2014: Year of the WOSB - Excerpt from...more

Should My Company Become A Certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE)?

If you are a female business owner, you may be certified or are considering obtaining certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise. The basic qualifications for WBE certification include...more

No More Dollar Limits on Federal Contract Set-Asides for Women-Owned Small Businesses

On June 21, 2013, the government issued an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) to remove the dollar limits on contracts that may be set aside for Women-Owned Small Businesses (“WOSB”) and...more

CFPB Updates Status Of Standard For Assessing Diversity At Supervised Institutions

On March 29, the CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OWMI) published its annual report about the CFPB’s diversity and inclusion efforts from January 1, 2012 until December 31, 2012. The Dodd-Frank Act created the...more

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 will Change Small Business Contracting and Teaming

Federal government contractors that contract or team with small businesses must become familiar with recent changes resulting from the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, signed into law in early January (the “NDAA”)....more

National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 Includes Significant Small Business-Related Provisions

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (“NDAA”), which the President signed into law on January 3, 2013, includes significant reforms to the rules for contracting with small businesses....more

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