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Small Business Set-Asides the Way I'd Like to See Them [CVOBlog]

Sunday, May 15, 2011   (0 Comments)
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Small Business Set-Aside? Not when one or more of the teaming partners is one the Top 100 (or 300) Government Contractors.

I keep telling you not to peek at what's going on in my head. But, since you keep asking...

Here's how small business set-asides look in my world.

First, all Simplified Acquisition qualified requirements (valued $3K to $150K) are mandatory set-aside (versus "reserved") for small business concerns. End of discussion.

Okay, not really the end of the discussion because I am still a firm believer that the Simplified Acquisition Threshold should be increased to $500K. Think of the increase in cash flow for small businesses and their ability to finance capture efforts for those omnibus contracts within various agencies.

Then there are Micropurchases (purchases up to $3K). Show me a large company that doesn't lose money on these just based on their cost of doing business. Set them aside for small business concerns, too.

Here's where the fun begins.

Orders exceeding these thresholds designated as small business set-asides should require not only the lead supplier to meet the industry size standard, but each of their partners as well. What better way to keep the money and work in the small business community?

It's a great way to keep the larger companies honest (those that don't follow the rules, that is) and also serves to put pressure on the jokers starting up small companies just to "front" for a larger company.

Not a slight on larger companies, just a way to create more viable small businesses for you to choose from on those requirements you are chasing.

Ahhh, I can see it now. A much bigger, more qualified and more financially viable pool of small companies with relevant past performance.

It's a dream come true for prime contractors and the agencies, right?

Oh, and these discussions about drastic changes to the small business size standards, let the mid-tier companies lobby for their own version of SBA and stay out of small businesses business. Seriously, no do-overs. It's crowded enough and tough enough here already.

- The Chief Visionary

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.

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