Helpful Hints Before You Start the DBE Application Process
If you’re reading this its probably because you are thinking about applying for the DBE certification. The DBE certification is a great step for the entrepreneur who is new to working on government contracts. If you are an organized person and you are willing to read all the regulations and cases dealing with the DBE program, then you can probably prepare the application on your own. However, if you fall into any of the following categories – – STOP. Please hire someone to help you with your application because there is a high Probability your application will be denied.
If you have a business partner who is not socially and economically disadvantaged.
If your business requires a state license and someone else in your company holds that license.
If you used funds from a joint bank account to start your business.
If you own more than one company.
If you have full time job or you are a full-time student.
If one of your business partners is another company.
If you share office space, equipment or personnel with another company.
If you have been previously denied DBE certification.
If you are a broker.
If you are a trucking business and you do not own your own trucks or equipment.
If you acquired a controlling share of your business through a gift or you paid less than market value for the controlling share.
If you have any question at all regarding your eligibility for the program.
I have been helping individuals obtain the DBE and ACDBE certifications for several years now. Each of the items above is an actual legal issue that I resolved for one of my clients. Understand that if you apply for certification on your own and are denied, unless the agency denying you really screwed up, chances are you will not win on appeal. Therefore, it is imperative that you get it right the first time.
Disclaimer The above are suggestions to help you in the event you decide to seek DBE certification. It is not legal advice. If there is any question at all about your chances of achieving certification you should refer to the DBE regulations at 49 CFR part 26 or contact your local small business office. You may also call me at (786) 271-6166 for a free 15 minute consultation.