Minority Business Enterprises
As the nation's business community recognizes the benefits of formal, substantive minority owned business enterprise ("MBE") or woman owned business enterprise ("WBE") relationships, Kotz Sangster offers significant experience and expertise in this area. Kotz Sangster has extensive legal counseling experience in representing minority-owned, woman-owned, and majority-owned companies which form, finance, and operate successful business ventures. We help parties who are exploring MBE relationships for public and/or private sector business opportunities. We advise and counsel clients on the MBE or WBE certification requirements, assist in structuring deals, and prepare and review applications and support materials on behalf of MBE or WBE certification applicants. We also advise and counsel clients on avoiding pitfalls that can lead to rejection or disqualification of their status as certified MBEs or WBEs.
In the private sector, the most widely recognized MBE certification program is conducted through the regional and state-wide affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Development Council ("NMSDC"), a non-profit organization. Our team has substantial experience in working with the NMSDC and its regional and state affiliates to obtain MBE certification. Similarly, we are experienced with the requirements of the WBE certifying agencies as well as those of the U.S. government for small and disadvantaged businesses.