Only an independent business may be certified. An independent business is one the viability of which does not depend on its relationship with another business or businesses.
(1) In determining whether a potential certified business is an independent business, the office must scrutinize relationships with noncertified businesses in areas such as personnel, facilities, equipment, financial or bonding support, and other resources.
(2) The office must consider whether present or recent employer and employee relationships between the disadvantaged owner(s) of the potential certifiable business and noncertified business or persons associated with noncertified businesses compromise the independence of the potential certifiable business.
(3) The office must examine the business's relationships with prime contractors to determine whether a pattern of exclusive or primary dealings compromises the independence of the potential certifiable business.
(4) In considering factors relating to the independence of a potential certifiable business, the office must consider the consistency of relationships between the potential certifiable business and noncertifiable businesses with normal industry practice.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 39.19.030
. WSR 19-13-014, § 326-20-081, filed 6/7/19, effective 7/8/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 39.19.030
(7). WSR 92-11-007, § 326-20-081, filed 5/11/92, effective 6/11/92; WSR 89-24-047, § 326-20-081, filed 12/1/89, effective 1/1/90.]