Federal and state programs provide ever increasing yet constantly changing benefits to minority, women and/or disadvantaged owned businesses. This is especially true in the construction industry, where recent reforms have implemented bid preferences and increased MWBE percentage goals on publically funded projects. However, increasing complexities in the application process and regulations have made securing a MWBE certification (or re-certification) challenging. At CM&R, we have the experience to help guide our clients through the entire process, from initial applications and responses to agency inquires, to interview preparation and appeals. For General Contractors tasked with meeting MWBE goals, we can further help with utilization plans, waiver requests (how and what to present to the applicable agency) and administrative hearings.