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'Ordinary' small businesses going the way of the Dodo bird in federal contracting?

Posted By Guy Timberlake, The American Small Business Coalition, LLC, Sunday, July 01, 2012
It makes me sad to see the division between the different factions of the small business community, and to see how we continue to work against ourselves. It angers me that so-called advocates foster and thrive on this division, and benefit from letting others eat the lunch of America's Small Businesses, simply to line their own pockets and/or to feed their ego.
For many years battles have been waged to garner equality for different segments of the small business community to include minorities, women, Veterans and more. All the while, I have watched the methodical 'chipping away" of business opportunities for the group from which all of the current socioeconomic programs stem.
It seems we have forgotten about the plain, no check-box to speak of, hardworking American 'Small Business' and are satisfied to see it fade into history.
If we are not there already, how long will it be before 'ordinary' small businesses are shut out of federal contracting for simply not having a socioeconomic designation? Generally speaking, anyone that starts and self-funds a small business, should automatically be considered at an "economic disadvantage," right? I know, lot's of wiggle room in that statement, but I think you get my gist.
This is not to disrespect anyone doing business under the various socioeconomic designations, heck, I have and could do it now if I wanted to, but that's not the point.
No one is more deserving of federal contracting support (or any support they need) than our Veterans, but beyond that, what about the men and women who break their backs everyday to support their families and contribute to this country? They sacrifice as much as anyone to make an honest living by supporting business and mission operations of nearly every government agency. Now it seems the rug is or will shortly be pulled from under them.
Might this be the same rug which America's Small Businesses will eventually be swept under?


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Richard Dean, Geneva Software, Inc. says...
Posted Monday, July 02, 2012
Amen! It's hard for "plain" small businesses to succeed these days. We have to struggle, competing against our brethren who hold socio-economic desginations, everyday. We must use our initiative, expertise, experience, skills, and quality of service to prove our metal to our customers...wait, don't we all have to do that...oops....perhaps we should do that first and fall back on the benefits of those designations second? Maybe we should unite, cooperatively, to support our government - that way we all win!
Solidarity....success...then peace!
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Paul Olsen says...
Posted Monday, July 09, 2012
For those of us that have GSA schedules, there has been a significant increase in set asides for small business. The problem has been a lack of understanding from contracting officers of discerning between true small business set asides and large business using small business to get contracts. This is apparent in their understanding of the non manufacturing rule.
Guy, you mention about the support for our veterans and sdvosb companies. As many of us know, the VA shuts out everybody who isn't a veteran from doing business and that is a 16B spend.
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