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ACT 171 OPENS DOORS TO MINORITY, WOMEN, AND VETERAN-OWNED PA BUSINESSES

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Act 171 Opens Doors to Minority, Women, and Veteran-Owned PA Businesses

With the federal government considering a huge infrastructure investment, Pennsylvania’s Act 171 business certification expansion will open a wide range of opportunities to our state’s minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses.

Whether new Fair Labor Standards Act overtime rules take effect in December 2016 or a recently passed House bill succeeds in delaying implementation until June 2017, start planning now to comply with the new regulations and protect your business.

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With the federal government considering a huge infrastructure investment, Pennsylvania’s Act 171 business certification expansion will open a wide range of opportunities to our state’s minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses.

 

When the new law becomes effective on March 21, 2017, minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses in Pennsylvania will reap the same benefits that the state currently provides to small and disadvantaged businesses. Because the Act eliminates the small business requirement of having less than 100 employees and meeting gross revenue limits, larger minority, women, and veteran-owned for-profit businesses may now qualify for Department of General Services assistance.

 

Eliminating the small business employee and revenue requirements will also enable minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses to apply for state verification, once a new verification process is established. Approved businesses will be considered Pennsylvania home state-certified for other state and national disadvantaged business programs, multiplying opportunities. Certified businesses will also gain the advantage of being added to the Department’s list of verified diverse or disadvantaged businesses that encourages procurement from those businesses.

 

Regardless of its size, if your business is 51 percent owned and controlled by members of a minority (African, Asian, or Hispanic-American; or Alaskan or Pacific Islanders), women, or veterans, and you have applied for verification and been approved, the Department of General Services will  notify you of upcoming projects related to your field and actively assist you in competing for government contracts. You will have the opportunity to see if General Services is currently soliciting bids for goods or services in your industry. You will also be able to learn about programs that could assist your business, or preferred status programs.

 

If you have questions about how the Department of General Service’s new verification process or how Act 171 can help your business, please contact John Corcoran at jpc@jgcg.com or at (412) 261-6400.

 

 

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