Women small business parity act part of defense bill

Women small business parity act part of defense bill

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., announced on Wednesday that the Women’s Small Business Procurement Policy Act was included in the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. Shaheen’s office expects the bill could get passed by Congress before adjourning within a couple of weeks.

Susan Sylvester, president and chief financial officer of Absolute Resource Associates in Portsmouth, testified on behalf of the bill in July. Absolute Resource Associates provides environmental services involving mold, lead, asbestos, radon, arsenic, pesticides and volatile metals and chemicals. Services include investigations, professional assessments and sampling, state-of-the-art laboratory services, indoor air-quality services and complete environmental project management.

"There are some contracts that only go to the larger agencies and the larger firms," Sylvester said at the time. "We're trying to get a piece of that work as a subcontractor but it is hard to break in."

“While women continue to make significant strides in our economy, they are still under represented as small business owners and federal contractors. This provision will help women-owned small businesses in New Hampshire and across the country win federal contracts, encouraging greater small business ownership by women and economic growth across the board. I hope we can pass this bill and send it to the president as quickly as possible.”

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