Delivering the best value for government and the American people calls for taking advantage of all resources. Expanding opportunities for small businesses throughout the country, including businesses owned by veteran, women, minority, and disadvantaged entrepreneurs, is central to this part of our mission. GSA has held a long-term commitment of outreach to Native American small businesses. On a recent visit to Green Bay, Wisconsin, I had the opportunity to speak at the First American Capital Corp — Tribal Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) conference. I talked to the small businesses and tribal-owned businesses about how GSA can help them build capacity and growth through the use of federal contracts. I was also fortunate to interact with several tribal businesses and hear their stories on how they have successfully worked with the federal government.
At the conference, the local PTAC convened key federal agencies — including GSA, U.S. Small Business Administration, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Department of Defense — that are focused on helping tribal businesses succeed. GSA’s Office of Small Business Utilization shared key information that helped tribal leaders and business owners understand how they could successfully compete for government contracts. This was also an opportunity for me to discuss our state and local programs with the local tribal leaders.
On the 2012 Small Business Scorecard, GSA earned top marks for exceeding the goals of the U.S. Small Business Administration in nearly all categories, including goals for contracts awarded to small disadvantaged businesses. In our Region alone, 58 percent of our fiscal year 2012 contracting awards went to small businesses.
GSA is committed to meeting these goals again this year. Small businesses help drive our economy and foster a culture of innovation. Through outreach programs and counseling, we are strengthening our partnerships and supporting the success of these businesses.