#GetRealSBA: Public Citizen Calls Out SBA Misrepresentation of Small Business Goal Achievements

Sign the #GetRealSBA Petition here - - tell the SBA you expect better!

This has been a watershed week for the Small Business Administration and SBA claims of small business federal contracting goaling reports. Three important activities took place. During "Small Business Week" -- the week during which the SBA announced (and cancelled) a White House press conference to tout the government wide small business federal contracting goaling achievements -- the following happened:

  1. Public Citizen issued a report claiming the SBA uses accounting tricks to create the "false impression that small businesses are getting their share of federal procurement money."
  2. The Business Journal / Washington Bureau (Kent Hoover) called out the SBA to disclose the top 100 small business contractors and answer specifically what the agency had done to ensure that small buisness contracting numbers were accurate.
  3. The Business Journal / Washington Bureau (Kent Hoover) published an article titled, "It's time for SBA to get real about small business contracting numbers."

The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce has issued numerous reports over the years calling out the SBA for providing false information. And, on March 19, 2015, Margot Dorfman -- CEO of the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce, delivered powerful testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee highlighting that, for a decade, the SBA Inspector General has named the failure of the SBA to count large businesses as small for federal goaling reports as the most serious management and performance challenge facing the SBA.

The question is: Will the SBA finally step up to really lead for small businesses by correcting this more than decade old problem?  If you think the SBA should step up now, please complete this petition which will be sent to the SBA Office of Advocacy. And, don't forget to Tweet -- #GetRealSBA.

 

Margot Dorfman, CEO of the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce providing congressional testimony on 3/19/15.

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