Integrators, How Important Is It To Be Women Owned, Veteran Owned, Minority Owned Etc.?

In the US, many government contracts have preferences or requirements for businesses owned by disadvantaged groups.

How often do you see that? How valuable is it?

From my limited interaction with them, there seemed to be a fair degree of trickery or manipulation - guy makes his wife 51% owner, person finds a 'disadvantaged' friend and makes them 51% owner, etc.

I am curious to hear good or bad experiences here.

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