State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, welcomed Gov. Tom Corbett's announcement last Thursday that the administration will carve out a portion of state contracting specifically for small businesses, including veteran-owned small businesses.
"As someone who has led on this issue, I thank the administration for taking note of our work in the legislature and incorporating some of our ideas into this procurement authorization. The next step is to put this initiative into law so it will carry over into future administrations. I hope the governor will work with legislators from both parties to take that next step. As shown by the overwhelming House support for this type of legislation, this is an issue where we truly can and should work across party lines," Mr. Wheatley said.
Mr. Wheatley has been pushing for several years to pass reform legislation benefiting small businesses and minority-owned, women-owned and disadvantaged-owned businesses across Pennsylvania. The House passed legislation in the last session, but it expired in the Senate.
The new Small Business Procurement Initiative will reserve certain procurements for competition among only self-certified small businesses that employ 100 or fewer people and meet maximum revenue requirements. It will enable 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 new initiative can find more information on the program and self-certification process online at www.smallbusiness.pa.gov.
Rep. Wheatley, a veteran, said the Small Diverse Business Program – formerly known as the Small Disadvantaged Business Program – will be expanded to include small veteran-owned businesses.