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The Scuttling of the U.S.S. Small Business Act: Parity vs. Parody. (Part Two of Nine)

Posted By Guy Timberlake, The American Small Business Coalition, LLC, Sunday, October 09, 2011
Updated: Monday, October 10, 2011
Wait for it...

Did you hear that? That was the sound of seawater flooding another compartment of the great vessel responsible for job creation, ongoing innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit long since forgotten by many companies not on this ship's passenger list.

The cause is not an accident. Critical hatchway's are being opened by opponents and opportunists who through political and corporate posturing (and nefarious activities), are working hard to sink the collection of government programs providing assistance to legions of small and microbusinesses often referred to as the 'backbone' of the U.S. economy by pundits and practitioners.

Beyond the typical opposition to anything creating benefit for the underdog, there is an ever-increasing chorus of activity calling for the demise of set-aside programs related to government contracting. This includes a combination of:

  • detractors who believe all contractors are unnecessary;
  • those who prefer the perceived safety and security of working with an organization with the cash reserves to buy small countries, and;
  • inaction of those elected to positions to effect meaningful change.

All of this contributes to the methodical chipping away of the foundation of these programs.

Not sure what I'm talking about?

Parity vs. Parody. Small business owners are created equal. The organizations they lead should be, too. Creating programs responsible for the rifts we see in the small business community today are a joke, but not a laughing matter. Small businesses are pitted against one another in a fight to the death, literally, all the while, their real opportunities are being subverted by Government and Industry. No one is laughing at VA after their IG report which placed fault on contracting officials and vendors, or at the abuses occurring in the HUBZone program, or do we even have to mention the debacle at USACE courtesy of a "Super 8(a)" already tied to another very public travesty?

I find it difficult to believe creating an environment in federal contracting where both sides can win is not possible.

Peace!

The Chief Visionary

"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it."




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