Saturday, August 23, 2008

Rule Will Make It Harder for Women-Owned Businesses to Win Federal Contracts

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A Small Business Administration proposed rule, which was first published in the Federal Register last December, would limit the number of federal contracts set aside for women-owned businesses to four industries that are shown to be underrepresented by women. The four are: national security and international affairs; coating, engraving, heat treating and allied activities; household and institutional furniture and kitchen cabinet manufacturing; and motor vehicle dealers.
Federal agencies are supposed to give 5% of all federal contracts to women-owned businesses, but have not yet come close to meeting that goal, according to a news release from the National Association of Women Business Owners.
Readers, do you think all women-owned businesses should be eligible for federal contract set-asides? Why or why not?
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