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Where oh where has contracting parity gone? No, really. Where is it?

Posted By Guy Timberlake, The American Small Business Coalition, LLC, Sunday, July 17, 2011
Once again, I preface my comments with the fact I'm sure to tick off a segment of the federal contracting community with this one.

It was recently reported that during the National 8(a) Association Conference in Anchorage last month, the president of the Navajo Nation expressed his hopes for Navajo businesses to be able to engage in similar government contracting activities as ANCs.


Would those be the government contracting activities where conglomerates with revenues matching some of the largest government contractors, continue to benefit from the small business programs to which I also contribute through my taxes? The activities that are supposed to benefit so many tribal families yet have been called to the carpet time and time again?

I agree this Nation owes Native Americans and Alaska Natives for wrongs of the past, but definitely no more than what all of us owe our men and women who sacrifice time from their families, their limbs and minds to serve and protect our Nation.

I didn't stutter.

Anyone willing to put themselves in harm's way for me and my family, should receive the best our Nation can offer them. Twice for good measure.

I remain amazed at how the smallest segment of the federal contracting community (maybe except for HBCU/MI organization's) continues to get the most substantive benefits for federal contracting.

The smokescreen argument about how much of the money from ANCs goes to the tribe and how ANC companies give back more of their profits than non-native companies is hogwash. If you take every non-native small business in the U.S. and measured charitable giving versus that tribal support, and also look at the sheer number of people impacted by that charitable giving, no contest.

It is my hope the Navajo Nation and other Native American businesses will choose not to follow the bad examples set by some ANCs and their non-native executives who continue to exploit. This from someone who wants to see all small businesses succeed. It also comes from someone with Native American ancestry in addition to African, Welsh and more.

Now if I were contracting parity where would I be?

- The Chief Visionary

The person who says it cannot be done should stop interrupting the person doing it.

Tags:  8(a) conference  american  ANC  exploit  native 

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