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"Don't forget your roots!" or "Oh Yeah! We're a small business, too!"

Posted By Guy Timberlake, The American Small Business Coalition, LLC, Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Everyone nowadays is so fixated on all of the special categories associated with the SMALL BUSINESS program, that it seems like the plain old SMALL BUSINESSES are being forgotten about. I mean let's put aside the argument about the ANC program for now (plenty of time for that later), and take a look at Women-Owned Small Businesses, Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, Small Disadvantaged Business Concern and so on. Each of them has SMALL BUSINESS in their name, right? They are all part of the SMALL BUSINESS program and receive SMALL BUSINESS assistance.

Here's part of the issue. Lot's of companies that participate in these programs (at least to me) seem to forget they are Small Businesses. It comes across in how they describe themselves, too. I've seem many CCR profile listings for companies like this that have every other box checked, except for Small Business. What's up with that? There's even attitude amongst these companies towards their fellow Small Busineses. Not just the typical competitive stuff, it's like a Thurston Howell III nose in the air "thing" if you are only JUST a Small Business and are not identified by some additional marker to differentiate yourself. Man (nor Woman, nor Service Disabled Veteran, nor 8(a), nor ANC...) does not prosper by socioeconomic designation alone (although I've met many who seem to think so!).

When is the SMALL BUSINESS community going to wake up, pool its resources (mindshare and marketshare) and make something happen? This isn't a call for a rebellion, it's a wake up call to dispense with the in-fighting and get smart. Not just in the government sector either.

Truth stinks, right?

Hey all you mid-tier companies, you're next! It wasn't too long ago you were Small Businesses, c'mon back on the reservation and let's get some business going. You'll be surprised at what happens when folks work together. Imagine, a world (heck, a government sector) where Small and Mid-Sized companies "play nice".

Oh the things you could accomplish!

- The CVO

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