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
- 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