Subscribe to Entrepreneur for $5
Subscribe

Out of Reach

Some say that the SBA is withholding contracts--and important information.

By
This story appears in the February 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Small-business groups are taking aim at the SBA for failing to ensure procurement opportunities. Two lawsuits were filed late last year arguing that the SBA has refused to implement a congressionally dictated women's procurement set-aside program and to release an internal study showing widespread fraud in procurement programs.

The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court to force the SBA to implement the Women's Procurement Program. It was included in the SBA's 2000 reauthorization passed by Congress and told the SBA to set aside contracts for businesses in industries underrepresented by women-owned businesses. "We have heard from thousands of members that their ability to gain access to contracts has been harmed by the delay in implementing this mandate," says Margot Dorfman, CEO for the Women's Chamber.

4th of July Subscription Sale - Unlock this subscriber exclusive article and more for 20% off today.

Access all Entrepreneur content with no ads, unlock discounts, and get exclusive advice only available to our subscribers. Plus, our magazine delivered straight to your door.

Get 20% off an annual subscription today. Just use code SAVE20 at checkout.

Entrepreneur Editors' Picks