The U.S. Small Business Administration, San Antonio District Office is deeply committed to fostering economic opportunities for the small business community within its Central-South Texas service area encompassing 55 counties.
The agency is charged with helping the federal government meet the statutory prime contracting goal of five percent to small disadvantaged businesses. SBA’s Office of Government Contracting sets goals with other federal departments and agencies to award contract dollars to small businesses.
“The San Antonio District Office is proud to announce it has surpassed $1.4 billion in SBA 8(a) Business Development program federal contracts,” said Anthony Ruiz, SBA District Director. “Through the 8(a) Business Development Program and Federal contracting certification programs, small business federal procurement opportunities have greatly benefited.”
The district office manages an 8(a) portfolio of 141 small disadvantaged businesses under the 8(a) Business Development Program. These businesses are provided a Business Opportunity Specialist to guide them through their nine year journey as a program participant.
“While we help 8(a) firms build their competitive and institutional know-how,” said Theresa Scott, Lead Business Opportunity Specialist for the local district office. “We also encourage them to participate in competitive acquisitions.”
The 8(a) participants can receive sole-source contracts, up to a ceiling of $4 million for goods and services and $6.5 million for manufacturing. Additionally, participants benefit from prime and sub-contracting procurement opportunities, training, counseling, mentoring, and business and technical assistance.
This fiscal year the district office efforts supported 265 sole source contracts awarded, valued at $330,157,544.84. In addition, there were 28 competitive contracts opportunities offered to the 8(a) program valued at $1,141,274,347.27.
Office is grateful for its 8(a) Business Development support,” said Ruiz. “Provided in part by the Department of the Air Force, which offered $659,095,666, followed by the Department of the Army with $469,805,696 in competitive contract opportunities, as shared by Mrs. Scott.”
“This FY 2016 effort represents a 14.45 percent increase for the number of contract awards and a 142 percent increase for the dollar value of contracts,” Ruiz continued.
The SBA helps more than one million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners with business start-up and growth through its network of resource partners.
“These accomplishments wouldn’t be possible without the support and collaboration of our federal procurement agencies, and our resource partners who assist business owners and entrepreneurs by providing valuable in person and online counseling and mentoring for every stage of business growth and development,” said Scott. “These partners consist of the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network which includes the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, and the Women’s Business Centers (WBC).”
The SBA continues to embody its commitment to the small business community by helping them adapt smart systems and embrace new markets, and the San Antonio District Office team will continue to champion small businesses.
To learn more about the SBA San Antonio District Office visit, www.sba.gov/tx/sanantonio