Help Us Fix a Federal Contracting Program
that Excludes Veterans & HUBZone-Certified Firms
Contact Your Elected Representatives Today
|The HUBZone Council and VET-Force, a coalition of dozens of veterans groups, are working to change the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) component of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s giant highway, bridge, airport, and mass transit construction program, which is second only to the Pentagon in terms of dollars contracted each year.Currently, only Minority Business Enterprises [including Socially Disadvantaged Businesses such as 8(a) firms] and Women-Owned Small Businesses are recognized as DBEs and are eligible learn billions of dollars of contracts in a wide variety of industries, including construction, engineering, landscaping, remediation, utilities, information technology, administrative support, and many related fields. HUBZone and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned companies are excluded from participation.Even if your firm operates in an unrelated industry, supporting this legislative change will help level the playing field for all HUBZone-certified and veteran-owned firms. And, given the way the DBE program is structured, allowing more small businesses to participate will proportionately increase the number of dollars spent on small business contracts, so that 8(a) and Women-Owned small businesses will continue to earn their share of the work.
We invite all members of the HUBZone and veteran communities to contact their elected representatives in Washington and ask them change the DBE program to include HUBZone-certified and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned companies to treat all small business set-aside programs fairly and generate more jobs for those who need them the most, veterans and HUBZone residents.
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