Small businesses, new and established, can benefit from doing business with the federal government. Purchasing approximately $600 billion a year, the federal government buys goods and services ranging from space engines to janitorial work. The U.S. Small Business Administration works closely with federal agencies to ensure small businesses obtain their fair share of government contracts and subcontracts. In 2012, $128.5 million was awarded to West Virginia small businesses.
Judy Sheppard, President and CEO of Professional Services of America Inc., was in business for more than 15 years before she entered the government contracting realm. Sheppard’s Parkersburg office sits next to the Bureau of the Public Debt, and she couldn’t comprehend why she wasn’t able to do business with them. Sheppard spoke to the local small business specialist who directed her to the SBA to learn more about the Small Business Set-Aside Program. Through a congress mandated act, federal agencies... Read More