A Contractor’s M/W/DBE Toolkit
Whether contemplating becoming a certified M/W/DBE (Minority-owned, Woman-owned, or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) or bidding on a Project with a M/W/DBE Goal, navigating the related state and federal regulations can be tricky and complicated. In addition, the recent media scrutiny of local DBEs has made compliance with these regulations even more critical for M/W/DBEs and contractors alike. Lindsay Taft and Gayle Hoffman will provide you with a basic introduction to these regulations, an overview of the Program, steps to ensure your company is in compliance, and the tools and resources to help connect large general contractors and subcontractors with potential M/W/DBEs.
Lindsay Taft is an attorney with Ahlers & Cressman, PLLC, a Seattle law firm dedicated to the resolution of construction disputes. She and Ahlers & Cressman's lawyers have been assisting general contractors and small women and minority owned firms with their M/W/DBE questions over the last twenty-five years. Ms. Taft is also a frequent contributor to the Ahlers & Cressman blog: www.washingtonconstructionlaw.com.
Gayle Hoffman is a Building Performance Utility Analyst/Technical Writer for MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions (MMFS). Gayle writes and arranges proposals for RFPs and RFQs. She initiated the effort to put together a MWBE outreach plan for the proposals when required by the agencies or organizations. After attending a workshop last year in an effort to assemble a MWBE outreach plan for MMFS, she has been monitoring the activities surrounding this topic in this region. Gayle is interested in assisting NAWIC companies connect with local subcontractors in order to meet the MWBE outreach plan requirements.
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NAWIC Puget Sound Chapter
National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC); Enhancing the personal and professional success of women in construction.
Established in 1955, NAWIC is a professional association comprised of women working in construction and related industries. Today, approximately 6,000 women in approximately 200 chapters across the United States are NAWIC members. Members of the Association are business owners/managers, executives, subcontractors, project manageres and engineers, human resource managers, accountants and estimators. Members are also employed in construction trades, including welding, carpentry, plumbing and electrical work.
The Puget Sound Chapter is focused on the professional women working in the greater Seattle and Bellevue areas.
For more information, please go to www.NAWICpugetsound.org