Brown Announces More Opportunities for Small Businesses


Harrisburg, PA – More state contracting opportunities will soon be available to small businesses and veteran-owned small businesses, said Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike).

“Small businesses, especially here in the Pocono region, make up a large part of our workforce and employ thousands of local residents,” said Brown. “Oftentimes, small businesses can be left out of the loop when it comes to submitting bids for state contracts because larger, out-of-state companies can make a more competitive offer, when our main focus should be buying within our own borders. This new program seeks to level the playing field for small and veteran-owned businesses.”

In late July, Gov. Tom Corbett announced the creation of the Small Business Procurement Initiative and the expansion of the Small Diverse Business Program. Specifically, the Small Business Procurement Initiative reserves certain procurements for competition among only self-certified small businesses — those that employ 100 or fewer employees and meet maximum revenue requirements — and enables them to participate in state contracting opportunities as prime contractors.

Small businesses interested in bidding on contracting opportunities for supplies, services, information technology and construction through the Small Business Procurement Initiative can find more information on the program and self-certification process online.

The Small Diverse Business Program encourages and ensures open and equitable contracting practices are used by prime contractors in soliciting and contracting with small diverse businesses, and will now afford small veteran-owned businesses the same opportunities as their small minority- and women-owned counterparts.


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