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  • Education and procedures would go a long way in helping cut down on this...
    We are a group of more than 10,000 VOBs/SDVOSBs. Independent of the SBA and CVE, we have seen a SIGNIFICANT increase in calls from agencies/contractors looking specifically for SDVOSBs either by state, county, city or service/product offering. This is the good news. The bad news is we've also received a ridiculous amount of calls from companies looking for a service disabled veteran owned business to partner with for the sole purpose of winning a contract. We've seen some emails stating that the company looking for an SDVOSB would be willing to give a "referral fee" just for using the SDVOSB's name on a contract. Could be that some businesses just don't understand the process; though it seems more and more like blatant fraud. Either way, it seems education and procedures would go a long way in helping cut down on this. Sadly, we hear from many VeteranOwnedBusiness.com community members telling us they just don't have the time, experience, manpower and especially money to bid on government projects. Especially considering how some bids are filled with pages and pages of government speak (sometimes for small projects) that most small, SDVOSBs don't understand and will just pass on. We don't see things getting much better until these things can be addressed for SDVOSBs. In short, it seems government work from the very start is made for businesses that understand the system and have personnel focused specifically on the bid process. Unfortunately this doesn't describe most VOSBs/SDVOSBs!
    Veteran Owned Business http://www.VeteranOwnedBusiness.com 10,000 Members and Growing!
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    Time Bandit
    I used to work for a veteran owned small business, I was laid off in 2010 because no contracts were being won and they ran out of funding. I am waiting for the TeamSub Omnibus to be awarded, I miss not working for the Navy and would love to go back.
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