Tag Archives: Small Business Administration

Small Businesses: You Left $3.8 Billion on the Table

Give small businesses a piece of the pie. That is the thrust of the U.S. federal statutory goal of awarding 23 percent of prime contract dollars to small businesses. Unfortunately, the Small Business Administration (SBA) reported earlier this month that the federal government missed its goal again in FY 2012, earning a “B” for its … Continue Reading

SBA Proposes New Rule to Permit SBIR and STTR Program Participation by Businesses Owned by Investment Firms

This post was written by Lorraine M. Campos and Gunjan R. Talati. Investment firms and small technology companies should be aware of a rule recently proposed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that may impact small business participation in two programs. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs … Continue Reading

Equality for Women: Amending the Women-Owned Small Business Program to Ensure Consistency with the Other Small Business Administration Program

On January 12, 2012, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued an interim final rule amending certain regulations governing the Women-Owned Small Business (“WOSB”) Program. These amendments to threshold amounts and protest procedures make the WOSB Program more consistent with other SBA government contracting programs. Given the public benefit of consistency in small business programs, SBA … Continue Reading

Glass Ceiling or Sticky Floor? Obama Attempts to Clean the Mess Through Implementation of the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program.

This post was written by Leslie A. Peterson. The government contracts community has long debated what steps, if any, the federal government should take to help women-owned small businesses break through the glass ceiling (or get off the sticky floor). Taking one of the last steps in a process that began in 2000, on October … Continue Reading