Challenge: When a mid-size $30M+ construction company in New York is denied recertification status as a New York State Minority Woman-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE), facing the prospect of being unable to compete for government contracts that comprise over 85% of its business, having to consider closing its doors and laying of its staff.

Action: Wilson & Chan, LLP immediately took action to appeal the decision with N.Y. Empire State Development Corp. and advocate for our client.  Under extremely tight deadlines, our attorneys prepared a strategy to assist the company with filing updated requirements for MWBE certification, undertook an internal compliance review, engaged in necessary drafting and corporate restructuring, and vigorously pursued an administrative appeal and hearing to fight decertification.

Insights: With over 20+ years’ experience in MWBE rules and regulations, successfully helping 150+ companies obtain (re)certification, our attorneys go beyond the plain language of the law — we know the intricacies and nuances beyond the rules and regulations to avoid denial.

Result: Our experienced attorneys successfully obtained recertification and MWBE status for the company, allowing it to continue to grow and expand its business.  Our firm delivered meaningful results for another minority- and women-owned business, allowing them to keep their business, their employees, and, most importantly, their hard-earned seat at the table.

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