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Evans Landscaping case undermines legitimate diverse businesses

Often, whatever is not obvious to the eye is considered illegitimate or impossible and general perception builds around that. Such was the case with Evans Landscaping, a company that apparently created a shell company so as to win over small business as well as minority business contracts. Not only were the charged under the jurisdiction of federal law but also was accused of felony. The case came full circle with the recent verdict where three former employees of Evans pleaded as guilty party.

What is Evans Landscaping?

It is a company that was invested in construction of Ergon site. One of the former consultants were involved in it. It found the diversity businesses as well as small enterprises could be advantageous to their case and they gave illegal incentive to these companies that violated the borders of ethics on all accounts. However, the company has now been accused of committing multiple frauds as well as concealing felony. Since the case has been going on since 2011, these peoples’ confession gives it a different dimension altogether.

A judgement with multiple implications

While the judgement may be for the benefit of law and order, diversity business situations may alter because of it. Since businesses are increasingly looking for diverse suppliers so that the partnerships can extend to black and other minority communities, this decision may be a jolt of discomfort since these business have historical been deprived of capital, connections as well as equality. Often, diversity businesses are accused of non-performance or poor performance, which is the worst kind of myth out there. In fact, increasing diversity has been statistically proven to bring success to your business.

Cynicism returns for worse

Now that the story is out of the bag, everyone is suddenly suspicious of this kind of transaction as they start believing that minority businesses use illegal methods to increase their participation. Given the effort that has gone into involving minority entrepreneurs into the larger network of capital, such a story may mean that the effort will go in vain as economic inclusivity remains far from becoming a reality with only 17.4 percent of business contracts belonging to minorities.


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