Monday, November 24, 2008

Service-Disabled Veterans Small Businesses and Federal Contracting

Section 15(g) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 644(g)) provides that the President must establish a goal of not less than 3 percent for participation by service-disabled veteran businesses in Federal contracting. To implement that goal, Executive Order 13360 (October 20, 2004) ordains a number of initiatives.

One of the results is the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)'s 21 Gun Salute initiative. Its official purpose is to help provide more opportunities in federal contracting for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) with the goal of allocating at least 3 percent, or $143 million, in GSA contract dollars to service-disabled veteran businesses in 2008. Per GSA # 10459 (March 3, 2008)
"GSA's local Small Business Utilization offices are available to assist service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses throughout the contracting process. Veteran business owners interested in working with GSA should contact the Small Business Utilization office for assistance."
Attorneys advising small businesses in a variety of capacities, or who are in small businesses themselves, might wish to check this out further.

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