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Federal Small Business Programs

Legislation Authorizing Small Business Assistance Programs

To ensure that all businesses have an equitable opportunity to participate in federal procurement, a number of special assistance programs have been established for socially and economically disadvantaged companies to help companies that otherwise would not be able to compete for a share of government contract awards.

Section 15 of the Small Business Act states that a fair proportion of the total purchases and contracts for goods and services for the government is to be placed with small business concerns. Accordingly, under this program, the government may set-aside procurements exclusively for small businesses.

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