Posted By Guy Timberlake, The American Small Business Coalition, LLC,
Sunday, October 09, 2011
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The Chief Visionary
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
'Nice Gestures' Part
At the start of FY11, the threshold for Simplified Acquisitions was increased
to $150,000, which I believe created more reasons for small companies to become
familiar with and pursue these opportunities. At the same time, the
subcontracting threshold for prime contractors increased by $150,000 to
$650,000 creating significant lost opportunities for small companies.
"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it."
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