Yesterday, the Small Business Administration announced agencies achieved the contracting goals for Women and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses during FY2015 although a large chunk of the dollars obligated were not set-asides to WOSB or EDWOSB companies.
Merriam-Webster defines ‘goal’ as ‘the end toward which effort is directed.’ My question is, what effort was made by agencies to get those dollars to WOSB/EDWOSB companies when the obligations resulted from set-asides under different programs, or from not being set-aside at all?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy dollars have increased to another segment of the small business community. I’m not thrilled, however, to see many in Government and Industry giving Uncle Sam credit for success where as much as half was achieved by small business without Government assistance.
“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”