Rebecca Moll Freed and Jisha Dymond Featured in NJBiz Discussing Minority and Women Owned Businesses and the Firm’s Inclusionary Initiative

August 12, 2014

Partner Rebecca Moll Freed and Counsel Jisha V. Dymond are both prominently featured in a special section in this week’s NJ Biz focused on diversity issues. In Meg Fry’s article “Women- and minority-owned firms are finding that being certified as such can pay off in a big way,” Ms. Freed and Ms. Dymond offer guidance to minority and women-owned businesses on procuring contracts with government entities. Ms. Freed explains that she encourages firm clients “to file all the paperwork required to become certified, even if they had not considered the possibility of competing. ‘Oftentimes an opportunity suddenly presents itself that seems perfect, and these minority- or women-owned businesses realize they never got a business registration certificate,’ Freed said. And even in situations involving ‘pretty substantial government contracts,’ she said, a minority- or woman-owned business that wasn't qualified to be a prime contractor might still be attractive as a partner and subcontractor to a larger company.”

Ms. Freed and Ms. Dymond, co-chairs of the firm’s Inclusionary Initiative, are also interviewed in NJ Biz’s Breaking Glass blog. The blog describes the firm’s Inclusionary Initiative as playing “a vital role in recruiting, developing, retaining and promoting women and men of different socioeconomic backgrounds, national origins, ages, religions, sexual orientations and disabilities…(and) provides an in-house support system to promote work-life balance." The interview outlines the advantages to employers offering flexible work schedules: “(T)he truth is that it’s often a good business decision for both (the employee and the business). ‘Businesses can retain good talent if they give employees the flexibility to get the job done on their own time,’ Dymond said.”

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