Small Businesses Face Federal Market Storms

May 11, 2012

There is no question that the federal contracting market has been and will continue to be an extremely challenging environment.

The small-business community in particular is receiving the brunt of the storm, and it requires more support from procurement officials — or else some companies might not survive.

Let's start with the positive. In addition to existing governmentwide acquisition contract vehicles that target small businesses, Congress is working on several initiatives that focus on small businesses and set-asides for small businesses. Organizations such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, General Services Administration and Veterans Affairs Department have several large contracts for IT and telecommunications aimed toward small businesses.

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