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Friday, May 23, 2008

Judge: SBA Must Disclose Contract Recipients

This brief on our recent victory over the Small Business Administration in Federal District Court ran in the Worchester Business Journal.

A California federal judge has ruled against the U.S. Small Business Administration and required it to reveal what companies have received small business contracts for 2005 and 2006.

The American Small Business League brought the lawsuit, which it filed under the Freedom of Information Act, and the judge ruled that the SBA has two weeks to provide the information to the league.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

SBA ordered to reveal names of companies that got federal small business contracts

Today, the Central Valley Business Times issued this report and audio clip regarding the ASBL's Tuesday legal victory against the Small Business Administration.

Click here to listen or download (asbl-sba.mp3, 6.40 MB)

• Federal judge gives SBA two weeks to comply

• American Small Business League suspects money really went to biggest corporations

• Updated at 11:50 a.m. with audio interview

The Small Business Administration has two weeks to release the names of the companies that got federal small business contracts in 2005 and 2006, says a federal judge.

U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Patel issued her ruling Tuesday evening in a Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by the American Small Business League of Petaluma.

It’s the fourth time the ASBL has sued the SBA over releasing information and the fourth time it has won, the organization says.

(ASBL President Lloyd Chapman talks about the suit and why he sees it as important to America in a CVBT Audio Interview. Please click on the link below to listen or to download the MP3 audio file to your computer or iPod)

In the latest lawsuit, the ASBL wants the specific names of the firms that were coded as small businesses for fiscal year 2005 and the specific dollar amounts that were awarded to those firms.

The contract total for firms from FY 2005 should total $75.1 billion as released by the Small Business Administration, the ASBL says.

It also wants the specific names of firms that were coded as small businesses for fiscal year 2006 and the specific dollar volume of contracts that were awarded to those firms.

The contract for firms from FY 2006 should total $77.7 billion as released by the Small Business Administration, ASBL says.

“We believe that this information will prove that billions of dollars in federal small business contracts actually went to many of the largest corporations in the United States and Europe during those years,” the ASBL says.

ASBL filed suit against the SBA after the agency refused to comply with the Freedom of Information Act request.

The SBA did not immediately respond to an e-mail request for comment.


Monday, May 19, 2008

Venture Capital Wants Back Into Small Business Research Grants | CQ Politics

By Shawn Zeller
May 17, 2008

In late April, the House passed an apparently routine bill to reauthorize research grants for small businesses. But the appearance of “small business as usual” was deceiving: The action actually capped a fierce lobbying battle that pitched wealthy venture capitalists’ pet research projects against more modestly funded enterprises in the pursuit of more than $2 billion in federal grant money.

New York Democrat Nydia M. Velazquez, who chairs the House Small Business Committee, sponsored the measure. Should the Senate go along with it, Vel?!zquez’s bill would extend grants and contracts for innovation research and technology transfer through 2010, and in the process allow small businesses backed by venture capital firms to qualify, as long as no single investment firm owned 50 percent or more of a business. Multiple investment firms could collectively own more than half.

Two small-business groups, the American Small Business League and the Small Business Technology Council, charge that Velazquez’s adjustments to grant-funding protocols effectively would bar their members from competing for the annual $2.3 billion of federal outlays in grants and contracts for technology research. Most of the grants come from the Defense Department and the National Institutes of Health.

“This is an attempt by the National Venture Capital Association to buy a piece of legislation for financial gain, and Velazquez and her committee have sold out to them,” complains Lloyd Chapman, president of the American Small Business League.

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