“For example, the $95 fee that is charged to contractors before they can be considered as a potential DBE [Diversity Business Enterprise] contractor has deferred many Small/Minority/Women owned companies from seeking participation on the Omni Hotel Project.”
You've got to be kidding. If you can't afford a $95 application fee, I can conclude two things:
1. You do not have enough company history/experience/capital to be working on this large of a project.
2. You won't be able to get the necessary bonding/insurance needed for a large contract.
Posed by "Magnum"