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New Bill Would Give More Federal Contracts To SMBs

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 5/28/2009

Subsidiaries of large corporations would no longer be considered small businesses.

New legislation proposed in Congress may be good news for small businesses as it could mean more Federal contracts coming their way.

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The bill - known as H.R. 2568, or the Fairness and Transparency in Contracting Act of 2009 - proposed last week from Georgia Democrat Hank Johnson would stop government agencies from giving small business contracts to the subsidiaries of large corporations.

A small business would be redefined in the legislation meaning that a publically traded company could not be defined as a small business when it comes to these contracts.

Johnson said that in light of the current economic situation, it is more important than ever that small businesses receive the contracts they deserve.

"It's unconscionable that some large corporations are the beneficiaries of small business contracts," said Johnson. "Especially given how many small businesses are struggling in this recession. H.R. 2568 will go a long way in helping correct this egregious error."

Small business advocates have heralded the proposed legislation with American Small Business League president Lloyd Chapman saying if the bill is passed it would create millions of new jobs.

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