Lately I have been hearing a lot of criticism about myself from my opponents in Washington. I decided to begin a campaign to respond with some facts.
In May, American Express Open Forum named me one of the four strongest voices for small businesses in America. I was very flattered and grateful.
In 2005 the SBA Office of Inspector General released report 5-15 that stated, “One of the most important challenges facing the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the entire Federal government today is that large businesses are receiving small business procurement awards and agencies are receiving credit for these awards.” Every SBA Inspector General since then has reiterated that statement every year.
During his first campaign, President Obama released the statement, “It is time to end the diversion of federal small business contracts to corporate giants.”
The diversion of billions of dollars in federal small business contracts has now been uncovered in over two dozen federal investigations. The story has been reported in virtually every major newspaper in the country. NBC, CBS, CNN, ABC and RTTV have all reported on fraud in federal small business contracting programs and the diversion of federal small business contracts to corporate giants.
The SBA is the only federal agency in our government to assist America’s 28 million small businesses. The largest program managed by the SBA is the Small Business Act that mandates that a minimum of 23 percent of all federal contracts be awarded to small businesses.
Surely anyone that was a true advocate for small businesses in America would have taken an aggressive stand against this well publicized issue during the last ten years. After all, the SBA Inspector General has referred to this issue as, “One of the most important challenges facing the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the entire Federal government today.”
Here is the first of many challenges I will be presenting to my legion of critics.
Find one national television appearance prior to this date by any of the other three people American Express named as one of the four strongest voices for small businesses. In fact, find any President of any Washington, D.C. based organization that claims to represent the interests of small businesses in America opposing the diversion of federal small business contracts to Fortune 500 firms or what President Obama called “corporate giants”.
I think I have done at least two dozen national and international TV appearances on this issue.
If I’m right, I am the only President of any national organization that has ever objected to this issue on national television. Why? There are over a dozen major organizations in Washington that claim to represent small businesses. Surely any true advocate for small businesses would have gone on national television at least once objecting to the largest problem at the only agency in government to assist small businesses.
Find one and put a comment on this blog with a link to it. Here is a link to all my TV appearances on the issue.
If no one can find anyone but me on national television objecting to the largest problem at the SBA, American Express was right; I am one of the four strongest voices for small businesses in Washington. In fact, it appears I am the only voice for small businesses in America on this issue.
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