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SBA office to help service-disabled vets who own businesses

June 05, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. - An office created by the U.S. Small Business Administration will help service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses navigate the federal contracting marketplace and gain better access to federal contracting opportunities.

"We are eager to accept the challenge that President Bush has issued to us to help ensure that service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses receive their fair share of contracting opportunities," said SBA Administrator Hector V. Barreto.

"Their contributions to our country and their courage are admirable and the SBA is ready to help these small businesses gain access to contracting opportunities in the federal marketplace and grow their businesses," he said.

The Office of Federal Contract Assistance for Veteran Business Owners, established in accordance with a presidential executive order, will provide service-disabled veteran business owners with a single point of contact to address their questions and concerns and receive clarification on procurement opportunities designated for them.

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According to the release, it also will:

· Offer guidance on sole-source and set-aside procurement opportunities and protest and appeal procedures.

· Help federal agencies meet their 3 percent prime and subcontracting goals.

· Provide guidance to federal contracting officers on the criteria used to verify service-disabled-veteran status and to determine business ownership and control requirements.

The new office will be headed by Teresa Lewis, a 20-year veteran of the Air Force with more than 14 years of government contracting experience.

To view the executive order, visit the Web site at www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/10/print/200410215.html.

For information about all of the Small Business Administration's programs and services, visit www.sba.gov.

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