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Business is business except when it's small business

Posted By Guy Timberlake, The American Small Business Coalition, LLC, Monday, November 10, 2008
We're living in tumultuous times. The economy is bottoming out, hard working people are losing their homes, their jobs, their savings and their benefits, just to cite a few of the challenges facing many Americans.

In the government sector, it is getting tougher and tougher to be a small business for a multitude of reasons. Greed, dishonesty, misguided ambition and cronyism have always been here, and lately the roar from a segment of the American business community has gotten louder, especially in light of recent political and judicial activities.

The recent Rothe v. DoD ruling related to the Small Disadvantaged Business Concern program has sent a chill up the collective spine of the hard working, legit and very capable stakeholders of the small business community who are often the last to want to leverage a socioeconomic designation to capture business, but the culture fostered by programs intended to do good are also causing harm and a rift.

I was interviewed by Government Executive this past week regarding the court ruling, and was amazed at some of the reader comments that suggested that since a 'Black man is now the most powerful person in the world' that all of the reasons for the business assistance programs have been wiped clean.

To set the record straight, The American Small Business Coalition does not support our Members to help them capture 8(a), SDVOSB, WOSB, ANC, Native American or HUBZone set-aside business opportunities.

We support them to help them capture business opportunities.

Keep in mind, our name is The American Small Business Coalition and not The American Small, 8(a), Small Disadvantaged, Service Disabled Veteran-Owned, Woman-Owned, Alaskan Native Owned, Native-American  Owned and HUBZone Business Coalition. Got it?

Too many narrow-minded or simply ignorant individuals and groups are so wrapped up in dispensing their critical comments of the small business programs, that they would cut off their noses to spite their faces. In this I mean, in their efforts to diminish or eliminate these programs, they don't bear in mind that these same small business assistance programs support our Veterans, who go into business as well as Americans living and/or working in underutilized business areas, or areas ravaged by natural disaster such as hurricane, flood, tornado and more. Do they want these programs cut, too?

Everyone from the Hill to Main Street talks about the importance of small businesses and their contributions to the economy, jobs, innovation, etc.

Prove it.

- The Chief Visionary

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