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Monday, January 7, 2008

ASBL Urges Concerned Citizens to Comment on SBA's Proposed Rule to Limit Set-Asides for Women

The American Small Business League opposes the Small Business Administrations efforts to limit contracting opportunities for women owned small businesses through a proposed rule that would take steps toward the implementation of a women's federal procurement program, but limit federal contracts protected status for women owned small businesses to 4 of 140 industries used by the federal government for the purchasing of goods and services.

The rule was posted in the December 27th issue of the Federal Register and if enacted would drastically limit the number of Government contracts awarded to women entrepreneurs by requiring women-owned small businesses to demonstrate under-representation and direct discrimination by a government agency to qualify for protected status.

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), chair of the Senate committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship called the rule, "a slap in the face to women business owners."

Please go to the following link and use the resources below to comment against this rule change and let the SBA know that we will not stand for it.

The Portal for comment submission is:

Copy and past the following into the comment or submission section:

PDF of Federal Register from December 27th

Rule Change Description

Example Comment:

I am against this proposed rule change. Stating that women owned small businesses are disadvantaged in 4 of 140 industries is an insult to women small business owners across the nation.

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