SBA Extends Women Contracting Comment Period

The Small Business Administration has extended the deadline for anyone interested in adding comments to the already cacophonous chorus expressing concern over the agency's plan to change the way women-owned small businesses secure federal contracts. The comment period has been extended to Mar. 28, "due to public request," according to an SBA statement to the media. The official notice is expected to be published in the Federal Register on Thursday.

In other SBA news, the agency announced this week that more than 125,000 entrepreneurs have used its two newest online tools since they were launched about three months ago.

The "Small Business Readiness" tool is designed for new entrepreneurs to be able to evaluate their preparedness for starting a small business. It's available on the SBA Web site, or by clicking the "assessment tool" icon under the spotlight heading on the SBA homepage.

The 8(a) Business Development assessment tool was launched in October to help small business owners decide whether they are suitable and eligible for the SBA's 8(a) program designed to help small disadvantaged businesses.

By Sharon McLoone |  February 27, 2008; 1:38 PM ET
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Wait, are businesses owned by women excluded from getting other contracts? No? Well then why in the heck do they need a special program?

Posted by: A Woman | February 27, 2008 8:42 PM

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