Small business brings value and innovation to the federal government, and jobs to main street. Saturday, Nov. 30 is your chance to show your support for these engines of economic growth and innovation. Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. You can participate by shopping at a small business near you.
GSA expands opportunities for small business by making it easier for them to do business with the federal government. Contracting with small businesses is a win-win for both the federal government and the small business community. The government receives great service at great value, while small businesses have a great chance to grow their businesses and create jobs.
GSA’s track record demonstrates its commitment to small business. Delivering on President Obama’s commitment to helping America’s small businesses grow and prosper, GSA’s Office of Small Business Utilization provides training, counseling, and updated procurement opportunities. Recently, GSA received an “A+” grade from the Small Business Administration for its work expanding opportunities for small businesses around the country. GSA awarded $1.3 billion to small business in Fiscal Year 2012, representing nearly 40 percent of eligible contract dollars, exceeding the agency’s 30 percent goal and all prime contracting subcategory goals.
In addition to assisting the federal government with managing operations, small businesses play a vital role in driving economic growth. Small businesses have generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years and employ over half of all private sector employees.
For more information on how to support Small Business Saturday in your area, or to get Small Business Saturday marketing tips and resources, check out http://www.sba.gov/saturday.
If you’re a business looking to learn more about doing business with the federal government, check out training opportunities available on GSA’s small business training website.