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Executive Law Article 15-A, Section 301 defines an M/WBE as:
Factors 2-3 are discretionary, while 1-4 are statistical. Proving #2 is a matter of overcomng the obvious fact that your business will be only recently converted to women ownership, and that raises the possibility of a sham, greater than would exist with a business that had a woman in command for years -- or at least months.
Proving #3 requires evidence of the woman's day-to-day control. This would be clearly demonstrated by her knowledge ofthe business operations, strategies, goals, etc. Also, routinely signing documents, having required licenses issued in her name, etc.
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For liability reasons, I can't tell you what you "should" do.
However, the law requires that you be able to show that despite her full-time employment, that your wife is also employed by your corporation and regularly and continuously making the operational and/or strategic decisions of the corporation. Emails, letters, faxes, resolutions, board of directors minutes, contracts, etc., with her signature, or referring to her actions, recommendations, instructions, negotiations, etc., may go a long way to show that she is actively and regularly involved in the business.
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