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A small business by any other name...

Posted By Guy Timberlake, The American Small Business Coalition, LLC, Sunday, September 27, 2009

Pardon me, but I need to vent for a second, possibly longer.

I have noticed a troubling increase of identity crisis within the small business community over the last few years which causes me concern. My concern stems from companies who are designated in one of the socioeconomic categories which are a part of the small business program, seem to forget at the root of whatever way they choose to describe themselves, they are still a small business.

You may ask what could possibly have caused me to air this frustration in such a way. It comes from seeing companies register for various activities and business opportunities and check every box but small business, and even other categories which they are eligible to participate in (such as Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses additionally (and naturally) being designated as Veteran-Owned Small Businesses).

During the course of recruiting companies for a PrimeConnect™ Teaming Event open to:

- Small Businesses
- Small Disadvantaged Small Businesses
- Woman-Owned Small Businesses
- Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses
- HUBZone Small Businesses
- and HBCU/MI's

possessing the skill sets being sought by the Prime, we received an email from a company posing the question,"Are Veteran-owned Small Businesses eligible to participate in this event?"

Hmm. Since I don't see Veteran-Owned Small Business in the list above, let me cover the first two words of their business designation and see what we have left...

Veteran-Owned Small Business.


- The Chief Visionary

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