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:
who believe all contractors are unnecessary;
who prefer the perceived safety and security of working with an
organization with the cash reserves to buy small countries, and;
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
Tiers of a Clown. The opening lines of
this Smokey Robinson hit include "Now if there's a smile on my face It's
only there trying to fool the public..." which seems representative of
some companies who have achieved the "other than small business" tag.
While happy with their growth, many are desperately trying to get back into the
cover of small business programs.
How you ask?
For one, they are lobbying for a
dramatic increase to the size standards, which effectively shuts the door on
start-up companies. They are also working to have the current small business
programs tiers expanded to include benefits for them. That's not how they
describe it, but considering government agency downsizing, tightening budgets,
the only way mid-tier companies can get a program is by stripping away
resources from the current programs for small businesses or having themselves
re-inserted into the small business tier. One mid-tier group's strategy seems
set as they have publicly opted to set their aim at the small business
community and not "man up" to face their real adversaries.
It is what