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The Worst Abuse of MWBEs and DBEs (and it’s legal!)—Part 1

It happens all the time. The prime contractor of your dreams asks you, yes, you, your small subcontracting company, to give them a proposal, which they will then include as part of their bid for a major public works contract. So, excitedly, you spend hour upon hour, as a team of one (maybe two), pouring

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Let’s Bravely Face What Really Scares Contractors

The night is long for contractors who can’t sleep. Project problems and money worries are the monsters under their bed. But their biggest fear, the thing that keeps them up most, is not what they know—it’s what they don’t know. It’s the unknowns—risks and liabilities they don’t see coming until it’s too late—like a car

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Stop Lawsuits Against Contractors and Cut Losses in Two Easy Steps (Step One)

Our contractor is excited. A big time government authority awarded her a multi-million dollar contract. But all she can think about is the money she will make—the economics—cutting costs, maximizing profit, efficiency, speed, quality and safety. She knows that something could go wrong that will derail performance and eat her profits. She knows that bad

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Contractors and Architects Suing Each Other Architects Should Read This.

It’s a multi-million dollar construction contract and it’s halfway done. Then a snag—a terrible design error, so terrible that doing it the way the architect wants will cause the project to quite literally cave in on itself. What to do? Request a change? Denied. “Proceed as planned,” says an unreasonable owner’s rep. and rejects your

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Joint Ventures Part II: How NOT to commit DBE fraud

So another contactor tells you, “Joint ventures are a great way to win big contracts. Join up with me on this next one. Look at the money you can make. Look at the money I have made.” You look. What he says is true. He HAS won big contracts and made beaucoup bucks. And you

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Get Big Government Contracts with Joint Ventures (Part I).

Many DBEs or MWBEs starting out don’t understand what joint ventures are, how they work or why they’re important. This lack of knowledge can get you into big trouble and make joint ventures a dangerous proposition. You may have a vague sense of what “joint venture” means—working together with someone else on something—but if you’ve never

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DOD PRE-RELEASES 2018 SBIR & STTR BAA TOPICS

On November 29, 2017, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) issued its STTR 18.A Program Broad Agency Announcement and its SBIR 18.1 Program Broad Agency Announcement, beginning the 30-day pre-release window during which small businesses can communicate directly and privately with the Technical Points of Contact who authored the BAA topics. Discussions with topic authors

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Creative, Effective, Efficient Legal Fee Arrangements

Today more than ever, clients require creative, flexible, and predictable approaches to the delivery and pricing of legal services. If implemented successfully, alternative fee arrangements provide substantial value and are mutually beneficial for the firm and the client. Below are some examples of the alternative fee plans legal clients have find attractive. Alternative Hourly Rates

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Financial Forecasting – Cornerstone of a Successful Project

Everything seems to be going well in your contracting or consulting business… but there could be serious financial trouble lurking under the surface. There is a strong correlation between “business confidence” and increasing profits, until the market shifts and uncovers business strategies have become stagnant and no longer apply to the changing industry. It is

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Prevent Your Prevailing Wage Disaster

A contractor or subcontractor found to have violated prevailing wage laws can face contract termination, debarment from future projects, and the withholding of contract payments to satisfy any unpaid wage, in addition to fines, penalties, liquidated damages, and an award of attorneys’ fees. Read on, and gain the knowledge that will protect you from a

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