Harrisburg- July 20, 2012 – State Senator John Yudichak today praised efforts by the Department of General Services (DGS) on the creation of the Small Business Procurement Initiative (SBPI) and the expansion of the Small Diverse Business Program (SDBP), which will create opportunities for small businesses and veteran owned small businesses.
“As Pennsylvania continues to struggle in our stagnant economy, this initiative will provide additional opportunities for our small businesses to compete for state business to keep their employees working,” said Yudichak. “The expansion of the Small Diverse Business Program will offer veteran owned businesses direct assistance to improve their ability to do business with the state.”
The SBPI reserves certain Commonwealth procurements for small businesses, with 100 or less employees and who meet maximum revenue requirements. It allows those businesses to participate as prime contractors in state contracting opportunities including supplies, services, information technology, and construction services.
The SDBP encourages and ensures open and equitable contracting practices are used by prime contractors in soliciting and contracting with small diverse businesses, including minority-, woman-, and now veteran- and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.
More information is available at: www.smallbusiness.pa.gov.