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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

New York Times | When Small Businesses Lose to Big Companies

Today, the New York Times ran a letter to the editor from American Small Business League President, Lloyd Chapman regarding a letter to the Editor dated June 19 from Acting Administrator of the Small Business Administration, Jovita Carranza.

Carranza's letter stated:

"The S.B.A. helps small businesses get government contracts. In 2006 (the last year with published data), small businesses reached a record level of federal contracts. Small businesses owned by women experienced their largest year of growth and hit a record level. Small disadvantaged businesses (generally minority-owned) hit a record level.

The S.B.A. has also led tough-minded efforts to improve the integrity of small business contracting data and to tighten the rules to qualify, reducing the value of contracts coded as small business by more than $10 billion, increasing new opportunities."

In his letter to the editor Chapman maintains that Carranza's statements are misleading and easily refuted by hard evidence from the SBA's own Office of Inspector General.

Click here to read Chapman's letter to the editor:

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