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Reform and not removal

Posted By Guy Timberlake, The American Small Business Coalition, LLC, Monday, November 24, 2008
This entry was originally posted in Nick Wakeman's Editor's Notebook of Washington Technology, in response to his post "Is it time to reform small-business programs?"

Reform and not removal
by theasbcguy on 11/24/08 -- 12:49 PM


Ever since the announcement of the GAO "Rule of Two" decision was made followed by the Rothe Development "SDB" court ruling, the snipers have upped the level of rhetoric bashing the usefulness of the Small Business Program in Government Contracting.

I am always quick to urge companies not to lead with the fact that they are "8(a), Woman-owned, SDVOSB" or otherwise, but to go into situations based on the value they bring to the table which may be complemented by attributes such as their small business designation(s). This however, does not eliminate the fact that inequities exist for groups of Americans who contribute by way of actions and taxes and are not provided the same access to opportunities. I am further discouraged by those who want to eliminate not only the race-based programs, but attack the programs benefiting the Greatest Americans, our Veterans and Service-Disabled Veterans and those that benefit Americans regardless of their race, such as the HUBZone Program.

One of the many tragedies impacting the participation and utilization of the small business programs is the "opportunistic faction" also known as beltway bandits (or in the case of some, the "beyond the beltway bandits"), who are not concerned with the negative impact on the government mission and are in it for nothing more than "wanting something for nothing" aka greed. For the majority of the small businesses involved in government contracting who are honorable, hard working and talented, the frustration I share with them is tremendous.

Reform is definitely needed by way of a major leveling of the field so that one group representing what is likely the smallest segment of government contractors, does not receive an unparalleled advantage over others who deserve assistance in providing quality goods and services in support of our Government. Eliminate the small business programs entirely and our current socioeconomic situation seem like a cakewalk compared to what happens when the community that is home to our Nation's largest collective employer is turned upside down.

Keep up the good work!

Guy Timberlake
The American Small Business Coalition

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