Small businesses bring value and innovation to the federal government, and jobs to main street.
As the Associate Administrator for GSA’s Office of Small Business Utilization, I see the exemplary service and value that small business provide to the federal government. Many of these same small businesses are also an important part of our community. That’s why I’m getting behind Small Business Saturday — a day to celebrate and support small business and all they do for our communities.
A Commitment to Small Business
The Office of Small Business Utilization advocates for small businesses across the country. We believe that small businesses are a vital part of our economy and we are committed to their success. We aim to connect small businesses with the people that can help them and the programs that can grow their skills.
Earlier this year, this commitment was recognized when our partners at the U.S. Small Business Administration graded GSA with an “A” for our work in Fiscal Year 2014 awarding a substantial portion of contracting dollars to small businesses. GSA awarded $1.5 billion to small business in Fiscal Year 2014.
GSA exceeded all of its subcategory prime contracting goals. To improve subcontracting performance, GSA increased visibility of the reporting progress across the agency by developing and implementing a dashboard to track ongoing subcontracting performance and target goals.This dashboard assisted GSA in exceeding its 25 percent small business subcontracting goal in Fiscal Year 2014.
In OSBU, we have also seen up-close the great work that small businesses can do. We worked with First Generation, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), to produce a six-part video series titled “Doing Business with GSA”. First Generation and OSBU worked together to write and produce information-rich videos that serve to guide small businesses through the opportunities and processes for doing business with the GSA. This video series is now part of a comprehensive small business training offered by OSBU.
More about Small Business Saturday?
Saturday, November 28, 2015 is the sixth annual Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for our communities. Please join the Small Business Administration and organizations across the country in supporting your local small business by shopping and dining at small businesses. Learn more about Small Business Saturday.
If you’re a business looking to learn more about doing business with the federal government, check out training opportunities available on GSA’s small business training website.
Don’t forget to shop at a small business this Saturday, Nov. 28.