Featured Recent Favorable Trends for Small Business in U.S. Government Contracting

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Jul 2, 2017
Congress has mandated certain laws that further the small business. It is the agencies themselves that make it happen and Congress has recently held the agency feet to the fire to achieve performance improvement.

The federal government is meeting small business contracting goals.

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced that the federal government reached its small business federal contracting goal for the fourth consecutive year, awarding 24.34 percent in federal contract dollars to small businesses totaling $99.96 billion, an increase of over $9 billion from the previous year.

The Federal Government Achieves Small Business Procurement Contracting Goal for the 4th Consecutive Year | The U.S. Small Business Administration | SBA.gov

The feds have moved in recent years to lowest priced, technically acceptable contracting, driven by budgetary pressures


Small business is uniquely qualified for this type of work, particularly in the services sector, due to lower overhead and G&A rates, as well as agility in work force development.

New industries like Robotics, 3D Printing, Energy, Environmental Protection, Security IT and Geo-spatial IT are creating fields for small enterprises to compete against bigger firms or lead teams involving larger businesses on large scale projects.

Government small business set-aside procurement is on the rise and becoming recognized by many agencies as a way to remove stodgy, entrenched companies when long term contracts come up for renewal. These agencies look to smaller firms for cost effective, vibrant management, while inheriting an existing, trained, incumbent work force available to the winner. The process can dramatically grow smaller firms.