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March 28, 2007 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
The Small Business Administration is cracking down on the not-so-small. Starting this summer, small businesses with federal contracts will -- for the first time -- have to alert the government whenever they are acquired, merged or buy a company if they want a share of the $80 billion in annual federal procurement money awarded to small firms.
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July 3, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Despite making progress, the federal government fell short of its 2012 small-business contracting goals, according to figures released Tuesday. U.S. agencies awarded 22.25% of federal contracts to small firms, just shy of the goal of 23%, the Small Business Administration said. But it was an increase from 21.65% in 2011. The government did exceed its contract goals for small businesses owned by people of color and disabled veterans. However, it missed its goals for small businesses owned by women and those in historically underserved business zones.
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BUSINESS
February 16, 1994 | Times Staff Writer Susan Christian
Fifteen years after it got off the ground in Los Angeles, the Century Freeway Affirmative Action Committee is coming to Orange County. The committee is a nonprofit organization founded in 1979 to foster minority- and female-owned business participation in the construction of the Century Freeway. The freeway is almost completed, but the Century Freeway Affirmative Action Committee lives on.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2010 | By Karen E. Klein
Dear Karen: I'm not good at negotiating contracts. Do you have any advice? Answer: Follow these techniques from Roger Dawson, author of "Secrets of Power Negotiating," and see whether your skills improve. If you're soliciting bids, never accept an initial offer: It makes the other party think it could have done better. If you're bidding, make your initial offer higher than what you expect to get. If the party across the table agrees to your offer, you'll come out way ahead.
BUSINESS
December 24, 1991
Hydraulics International Inc. in Chatsworth was awarded a $14.6-million contract to provide aerial store lift trucks and cold-start systems to the Air Force. The company, which manufactures and assembles aircraft and hydraulics equipment, won the award as part of the Small Business Administration's campaign to help small companies win federal contracts. The SBA said that Hydraulics' bid was $4.8 million lower than a competitor's bid.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Despite making progress, the federal government fell short of its 2012 small-business contracting goals, according to figures released Tuesday. U.S. agencies awarded 22.25% of federal contracts to small firms, just shy of the goal of 23%, the Small Business Administration said. But it was an increase from 21.65% in 2011. The government did exceed its contract goals for small businesses owned by people of color and disabled veterans. However, it missed its goals for small businesses owned by women and those in historically underserved business zones.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2010 | By Karen E. Klein
Dear Karen: I'm not good at negotiating contracts. Do you have any advice? Answer: Follow these techniques from Roger Dawson, author of "Secrets of Power Negotiating," and see whether your skills improve. If you're soliciting bids, never accept an initial offer: It makes the other party think it could have done better. If you're bidding, make your initial offer higher than what you expect to get. If the party across the table agrees to your offer, you'll come out way ahead.
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July 29, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Private security contractor Blackwater Worldwide and its affiliates may have misrepresented their size to win more than $100 million in government contracts set aside for small businesses, a report by the Small Business Administration's Office of Inspector General says. In fiscal 2005 through 2007, Blackwater and affiliates won 32 small-business contracts worth more than $2.1 million even though the work was restricted to companies with revenue of $6.5 million or less, according to the report.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2007 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
Phone calls from suitors have dried up at Jim Lasswell's small professional services firm. Potential buyers have gotten cold feet because of new Small Business Administration rules that make it likely that the San Diego federal contractor, if acquired, would no longer qualify for government work aimed at small businesses. "I had a number of companies that were actively pursuing us, and they all ran away," said Lasswell, president and senior engineer of Indus Technology Inc.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2007 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
The Small Business Administration is cracking down on the not-so-small. Starting this summer, small businesses with federal contracts will -- for the first time -- have to alert the government whenever they are acquired, merged or buy a company if they want a share of the $80 billion in annual federal procurement money awarded to small firms.
BUSINESS
February 16, 1994 | Times Staff Writer Susan Christian
Fifteen years after it got off the ground in Los Angeles, the Century Freeway Affirmative Action Committee is coming to Orange County. The committee is a nonprofit organization founded in 1979 to foster minority- and female-owned business participation in the construction of the Century Freeway. The freeway is almost completed, but the Century Freeway Affirmative Action Committee lives on.
BUSINESS
December 24, 1991
Hydraulics International Inc. in Chatsworth was awarded a $14.6-million contract to provide aerial store lift trucks and cold-start systems to the Air Force. The company, which manufactures and assembles aircraft and hydraulics equipment, won the award as part of the Small Business Administration's campaign to help small companies win federal contracts. The SBA said that Hydraulics' bid was $4.8 million lower than a competitor's bid.
BUSINESS
May 19, 1998 | LEO SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Eric Duncan, deputy of small-business contracts at the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Port Hueneme, admits that red tape can be a turnoff for small-business owners looking to do contract work with the military. But Duncan is convinced that if business owners are led past the bureaucratic roadblocks, they will find valuable opportunities awaiting them.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2007 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
Here we go again. That's the concern of some small-business owners who worry that a bill scheduled for a House vote today would open a door for billion-dollar companies to benefit from federal small-business programs.
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