Make government small business offices and agency leadership responsible for success of small business contracts for the government agency rather than just repsonsible for tracking/meeting set-aside goals.
Suggest the Federal Government stop taking jobs from private industry. Let fair competition determine best value, and be a better partner with industry on contracts. Share your requirements development, evaluation and performance assessment processes, gather industry feedback earlier, train people to communicate effectively, and provide meaningful advocacy for small businesses that provide quality products and services. ...more »
I believe it is very important to the overall administration of government contracts, including high growth start-ups, that the Miller Act waiver loophole gets addressed and fixed before more jobs are lost and small businesses are forced out of business. Overall, regulatory loopholes that work against small businesses should be carefully reviewed so as to not disadvantage the entire small business community.
The $27.0 Million Size Standard and New Focus on Multiple Award Contract Vehicles. As the Federal Government moves toward awarding large-scale multiple award contracts while minimizing single award vehicles, businesses just surpassing size standards are forced to compete with much larger companies in order to secure these vehicles and maintain their business base. These vehicles have exceedingly high dollar thresholds ...more »
The $27.0 Million Size Standard and Past Performance Requirements. The majority of contracts in the Military Weapons exemption for NAICS Code 541330 code are so large that even though a firm may be considered “large” at 27.0 million, the firm often cannot meet the past performance requirements stipulated in Government Requests for Proposal (RFPs) which demand “contracts of similar size and scope.” Consequently, small ...more »
Regarding the Small Business Administration Proposed Rule.13 CFR Part 121; RIN 3245-AG07; Small Business Size Standards: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: SBA’s published size standards methodology is exceedingly convoluted and it is difficult for businesses to determine the validity of the size evaluation when faced with the array of statistical based analysis and non-fact related benchmarks for industries ...more »
I suggest you...explore that idea and fine tune like that of Paul Newman a model state wide that any workforce investment board can create. Profit's to any education foundation to solve the Racial Achievement Gap. High risk youth, as a Gang for Good! so partner with an existing business: owners in training, mentoring, life plan and not just a idea, framework found within the site: www.linkedin.com/in/grupoamistad Who ...more »
Entrepreneurial activity requires good rules. These include rules that establish and clarify property rights and reduce the cost of resolving disputes, rules that increase the predictability of economic interactions and rules that provide contractual partners with core protections against abuse. The objective of this idea is to create regulations designed to be efficient in their implementation, to be accessible to all ...more »
Access to capital is the lifeblood for new small business and the U.S. economy. We should pursue ways that to provide easy access to credit so that the entrepreneurs dream can be realized for more people. Many businesses today have a difficult time getting small business loans. Right now, nine out of 10 business loan applications fail. We should use technology to enable easy access to credit – like an online platform ...more »
Please provide legal protection to Individuals, Innovators, entrepreneurs and Independent Inventors whose ideas and intellectual property matters are subject to cyber theft. I for example is subject to such situation and circumstances since 2007 and all my efforts to seek help from law enforcing agencies and FBI and other government agencies have gone in vain. You may find my statement to be true in the following letter. ...more »
I suggest we all take a long hard look at the economic crisis from the poor man's perspective. It's from this perspective we can see how to reach every man woman and child in the United States with the "American Dream" and give them their shot. Let's explore the gaps that are covered with the Start Up America Program. GET FUELED UP! WE'RE DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD TO SUCCESS! Austan Goolsbee, Chairman ...more »
I have attended many Government conferences as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business, and have noticed the Government is still using the antique method of buying products based on NAICS Codes. As an example I supply custom made to order wire and cable. So I registered to receive RFQ as a SDVOSB so I list the best matched it’s not a good match but best match I entered NAICS code 335929, and 331422. So I get hundreds ...more »
Use the formal entrepreneurial support program developed in Littleton, Colorado in 1987 which has shown great results in Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Indiana, Arizona and numerous smaller communities. Google "economic gardening" to get 83,000 hits. http://littletongov.org/bia/default.asp
I suggest you... The Challenges: New startups fail due to lack of physical resources, lack of financial resources, and lack of knowledge/training/education. The Opportunities: 1.) Maker Fairs and "Hackerspaces", TechShop for example, are growing in popularity and people pay to attend them. 2.) A large infrastructure of Vo-Tech and community colleges exist across this country. 3.) A student loan system is already in place. ...more »
Ask the schools, colleges, universities open some percentage of their meal plans and student food services to local caterers or providers. Help the smaller local providers compete in the student food services of schools.
Mandate truly distributed renewable energy systems(solar panels on the roofs etc.) and encourage local assembly and / or manufacturing. In return more small business contractors getting more work. Plus the more efficient systems and less loss on the grid. Here is a Cap Stone paper presented to the officials of CPS Energy of San Antonio, TX for some ideas: http://www.scribd.com/doc/52873029/CPS-Paper-final-december2009. ...more »
Make opening a Bed and Breakfast a Constitutional right. "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of property or happiness" should not be subject to a city council vote when the dwelling is also the home of the owner. These home businesses thrive only if the neighborhood remains residential in nature. Hence, these types of business owners have a natural incentive to be good care takers of their home and their right to remain ...more »
I suggest that the USPTO consider expanding the patent application preparation and prosecution clinics it currently runs with selected law schools in order to serve more small entrepreneurs. The patent bar such as ABA IP Section and AIPLA as well as the local associations like IPLAC could be approached to provide volunteer experience patent attorneys to help oversee an expanded program. I'd personally be willing to volunteer ...more »
I suggest you...foster the development of business partnerships between R&D innovators and SMALL EXISTING MANUFACTURERS to bring newly developed technology to commerical markets. While SBIR programs are fantastic for generating innovative ideas and, in my opinion, need to be continued, I've seen many bright, talented innovators lose their motivation, homes, and savings (and sometimes Uncle Harry's) trying to keep their ...more »
Create national events where both startups and investors can have booths like a trade show. This way investors can seek out great new companies and startups can get access to funding partners. 90% of great companies that do not get funding is not because of the idea, but it is because of lack of the correct exposure to the right investors.
Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) currently face federal and state securities regulations that not only make it difficult to raise money, but in fact often outright interfere with that objective. That is why one of the most popular ideas presented on this website concerns "crowd funding", the most commonly raised issue at the Roundtable I attended in Palo Alto. The need for a crowd funding like solution is symptomatic ...more »
Implement a program that will pay a portion of consulting services for start ups ONLY if they help the business by creating milestones that need to be achieved prior to payment. Asking consultants to get paid per performance for helping start up businesses ensures that the start ups are getting the help they need.
Consider distributing early stage startup grant funds directly to qualified entrepreneurs and encourage them to purchase the support support services that they may need from business and technical professionals. Get the incubators out of the training business and encourage them to provide hands on work in support of the entrepreneurs who are attempting to create business and jobs. Do the same thing for SCORE. Get SCORE ...more »
Encourage all Business Incubator organizations, such as www.nbia.org, that receive federal dollars from the EDA, SBA, DOC, & NIST to join with startupamerica and the SBA to establish one web site that links all national resources that are established for new business & job creation initiatives into a collaborative and unified national resource for innovation, entrepreneurship, business development, and job creation in ...more »
Assist and enable Main Street communities through revitalization programs that provide information and support for Retail Incubators. This could be assisted by the private sector in these communities to provide help and funding for retail businesses to try a business before committing to a full sized business. Russell, KS 67665 is researching a program such as this