The Heart of America: Celebrating Small Business
(DENVER, CO) -- It’s clear the importance that small business plays in America. GSA also plays a role in supporting small business. The agency awarded $2.4 billion in eligible prime contracts, of which nearly $800 million, or 33%, were awarded to small businesses. To date, the Rocky Mountain is superseding its 32% goal by 35%, which means that approximately $56 million dollars has been awarded to small businesses in the six-state region. Those businesses include:
- Small business
- Small disadvantage business
- Woman owned small business
- Historically underutilized owned small business
- Service disabled veteran owned small business
"We’re proud to have exceeded our small business goal by 35%,” said Sue Damour, Rocky Mountain Regional Administrator. “This wouldn’t be possible without the talented regional contracting officers who make this goal and others a priority.”
Outstanding entrepreneurs, small business, and others were recognized the week of June 17, 2013, for their pioneering attitudes of thinking big, taking risks, and working hard. It’s National Small Business Week, a time where we take a moment to celebrate the small but mighty impact small business has across America.
More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. So without small business where would half of our country work? Entrepreneurs are the backbone of creativity and innovation. Small business is what stimulates economic growth and it is critical to our economy.
In celebration of National Small Business Week, the Rocky Mountain Regional Small Business Utilization Program participated in the 15th Annual Small Business Opportunity Fair “Connect for Success” in Denver, June 19th. The fair was sponsored by the Business Opportunity Council of which GSA is an active member. Many small business owners are challenged by making the right contacts to grow their business through large contracts and partnerships. This fair was an opportunity for GSA to help expand small business opportunities to about 200 attendees and actively celebrate National Small Business Week.
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