Miami, FL (PRWEB) April 23, 2014
The U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), Southeast Region Office is launching a new program connecting knowledgeable experts to area small businesses active in the transportation industry. The “Tap the Experts” program will assist eligible participating firms by partially underwriting the fees associated with services including contract reviews, construction lien, construction accounting and business financial statement assistance, as well as honing marketing capabilities to make successful pitches to potential clients and prospective customers.
The “Tap the Experts” program is in partnership with Alexander Barthet, a Board Certified Construction Lawyer, Leisha Austin, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA); and Thamarr Griffith, an award winning executive. Launched in Florida, the program is available (excluding legal) in Alabama, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In order to participate, firms must be certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) or a Small Business Administration (SBA) designated business (SDB, WOSB, SDVOSB, HubZone). Businesses also must be in good standing and working or bidding on current projects that are in whole or partially funded by a U.S. DOT Operating Administration. Assistance is on a first come, first served basis.
The U.S. DOT Small Business Office is to provides opportunities, technical assistance, and financial services to the small business community across the nation, making sure they are treated fairly and have an opportunity to compete. This program is one more step in a long standing commitment to the small business community.
About the Experts:
Alexander Barthet (http://www.barthet.com) is Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar, holds an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell, the legal profession’s most recognized directory, and has repeatedly been selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America within the specialty of Construction Law. Alex also writes at http://www.TheLienZone.com, a construction law blog. (alex(at)barthet(dot)com)
Leisha Austin (http://www.lmaustincpa.com) is the principal of LM Austin LLC, a full service CPA firm specializing in accounting, audit, tax and consulting services for construction and professional service firms. She is a Florida licensed CPA with a Master of Taxation degree and has provided industry related services for many years. (laustin(at)lmaustincpa(dot)com)
Thamarr Griffith (http://www.grifcoincorporated.com) is founder of GrifCo Inc., who has developed and serviced multimillion dollar accounts for Fortune 500 companies including Johnson & Johnson, ZOLL Medical, Purdue Pharma and Black & Decker’s DeWalt Industrial Power Tools division. She develops and manages the strategic execution of concepts, products and services for all types of organizations. Grifco Incorporated is a strategy and business development consulting firm.