By © Malcolm Lewis Barnes 2014
(Thanks to our good friend and eminent small business advocate, Malcolm Barnes, for his succinct and to the point description of the breakfast seminar celebrated on Wednesday, November 12th. A veteran journalist with a strong knowledge of the challenges facing local, small businesses we hope to post more of his insights at Metrodiversity.com in the future)
At an informational session on The SBA 8(a) Mentor Protégé Program hosted by a team of Wisconsin Avenue legal and bonding firms, SBA Assistant District Director Anthony Ruiz touted a federal sheltered contract sector as, “a $500 Billion dollar market that won’t shrink”.
Mr.Ruiz spoke with the good faith and authority of the federal government’s lead advocate on small business – SBA – as the Director of 8(a) Business Development that serves 20% of the nation’s small and disadvantaged firms (1,100) which are concentrated in the Washington Metropolitan area.
The information session was hosted by the law firm of ASMAR/SCHOR McKENNA at their Friendship heights headquarters and was co-sponsored by the Barbour Group, one of the area’s leading commercial insurance and surety bonding agencies. Also responsible for bringing a balanced mix of minority contractors to the table, was Jose Sueiro of the Construction Alliance which represents a cross section of the area’s leading Hispanic and Black construction contractors.