Wait for it...
Did you hear that? That was the sound of seawater flooding another compartment of the great vessel responsible for job creation, ongoing innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit long since forgotten by many companies not on this ship's passenger list.
The cause is not an accident. Critical hatchway's are being opened by opponents and opportunists who through political and corporate posturing (and nefarious activities), are working hard to sink the collection of government programs providing assistance to legions of small and microbusinesses often referred to as the 'backbone' of the U.S. economy by pundits and practitioners.
Beyond the typical opposition to anything creating benefit for the underdog, there is an ever-increasing chorus of activity calling for the demise of set-aside programs related to government contracting. This includes a combination of:
- detractors who believe all contractors are unnecessary;
- those who prefer the perceived safety and security of working with an organization with the cash reserves to buy small countries, and;
- inaction of those elected to positions to effect meaningful change.
All of this contributes to the methodical chipping away of the foundation of these programs.
Not sure what I'm talking about?
'Nice Gestures' Part One.The accelerated payments program offered up by the current administration on September 14th which told agencies to pay small business contractors in fifteen days vice thirty, is nothing more than a nice gesture if you
consider the impact it might
make versus the number of small businesses that would benefit (and jobs
that could be created or sustained) under a similar program with a similar intent but also a slight twist.
If the White House wants to make a real impact, how about implementing this program for small business subcontractors and hold the feet of prime contractors to the fire if they fail to pay in a timely fashion?
You'll get a lot of attention that way as well as making a real and substantive difference.
The current approach is just window dressing.