Posted By Guy Timberlake, The American Small Business Coalition, LLC,
Monday, January 30, 2012
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The political season is heating up which means the increased 'posturing' from all sides will occur in ever-increasing levels of nauseating frequency. Think about it. We're seeing more action from the Hill now, than at any other time in recent history (except when Congress is voting on its own pay raises) with the bulk of the gibberish targeted at garnering the attention (and securing the votes) of, wait for it, small businesses!Peace!
Think I'm kidding?
What small businesses lack in being able to offer up sizable individual financial contributions (as compared to the Dirty Thirty and others), we make up for in the the power of the simple (but defining) vote. This one attribute transcends ethnicity, religion, geography et al, and only at times like this is it recognized by the majority of elected officials.
Check out some of the industry headlines over the last few weeks like the one where Congress is considering penalizing agencies for not meeting their small business goals, an idea that had been run and spun thousands of times over the last decade, or two. For the record, I think it's a bad idea that will only further the divide of small business and agency relations. Compare it to a bid protest which while possibly justified, often creates a negative situation for the 'boots on the ground' men and women who need the product, service or solution being hamstrung by the protest process. The agency loses money from the program by defending against the protest. The program is delayed which pushes the implementation schedule, causing the agency to spend more (lose more) money, and as a result your mail service is reduced, check payments to VA, SSA or HUD beneficiaries are delayed, or members of law enforcement,the intelligence community or our military are not able to accomplish a specific mission because they could not acquire a resource or tool they needed.That giant sucking sound you hear is essential program dollars and potential small business revenues being lost to the bureaucratic black hole.
Instead of the typical rhetoric based on bureaucratic pipe dreams to which we are constantly exposed, how about a few simple, small steps that actually accomplish something for the many small businesses supporting government agency operations and missions? There are several simple actions that can create meaningful benefit that do not require merging agencies or engaging in other overly sophisticated and wasteful approaches that throw out the baby with the bath water.
The Chief Visionary
"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it."
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