In the construction industry, there are many opportunities provided to disadvantaged business entities (DBEs) and many federal and state procurement contracts require a minimum level of DBE participation. At Dickinson Wright, we have the expertise to assist with the formation, financing, qualification and operation of DBEs.
When contractors seek to establish a relationship with a DBE, we have deep experience assisting with the formation of joint ventures and teaming relationships. We have also assisted clients when their DBE status is challenged by the government or other party, and in evaluating DBE regulations, assessing whether DBE credits can be taken for various work items, responding to government inquiries, investigations and prosecutions regarding DBE requirements, and in implementing appropriate DBE monitoring programs.
Further, Dickinson Wright also has exceptional expertise in understanding and utilizing the requirements of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and other organizations involved in the process of certifying MBEs for the benefit of our clients. Ultimately, Dickinson Wright has significant experience with Government contracting; whether helping our clients understand and take advantage of DBE or MBE opportunities, or effectively and efficiently helping our clients protect their interests in obtaining, protesting or maintaining existing contracts.