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A small business by any other name, is a thief

Posted By Guy Timberlake, The American Small Business Coalition, LLC, Thursday, June 14, 2012
When is a small business not a small business?
How about when this 'small' business lands on a "list" like the Inc. 5000 celebrating accomplishments of one-thousand percent growth, or is listed in the Top 100 or even Top 50 government contractors in a given area (or nationally). Usually, companies moving in those circles are pretty much considered "other than small" as far as government contracting is concerned.
But every day, these companies find ways to bend and break the rules to take down business opportunities slated for actual small businesses.
These companies, who on paper made public by them (a.k.a. the "lists"), represent themselves as entities with more employees and/or revenues than allowed by the current size standards, but still, they go after business for which they are no longer eligible.
And they get away with it.
This hurts true small businesses in a number of ways, the biggest of which is the perception of small businesses by large companies and Government, our key prospects. Sure, there are organic issues that contribute to opinions of small government contractors, but this is also true for mid-tier and large companies, and Government. The issue is, it causes more harm to small businesses and the stigmas are harder to shake.
As far as I'm concerned, folks who manipulate the government contracting system for nothing more than money, should be kicked out of the country and have their citizenship revoked. I mean, couldn't the act of defrauding the Government be considered treasonous? It does cause harm, and it effectively aids our enemies by causing more money to be spent for the needed solutions as well as the time and money spent pursuing and prosecuting these bad guys.
I don't care if they previously served in the military, were elected officials or political appointees, I'm talking here and now about groups and individuals whose primary concern is squeezing every possible cent out of the contracts they have fraudulently been awarded no matter the outcome for the customer.
Yep, treason.
Besides, do you think they really care about what happens to our first responders and warfighters and the other government workers and contractors (our friends and family) who defend and protect and provide services to us and our fellow citizens?
So, let's say we find a way to work together to help dispense with the riff-raff that are causing harm to our Nation by stealing from America's small businesses and America itself. Maybe it's as easy as turning on the kitchen light and watching the cockroaches scurry.
Where do we start?


The Chief Visionary

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Tags:  8(a)  beating the system  Inc 5000  scam  small business  Top 100  Top 50 

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Jaime Gracia says...
Posted Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Right on Guy! Keep up the fight!
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