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As the new Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Region 6 South Central Region, one of my focal points will be helping disadvantaged small businesses get a bigger piece of the federal contracting pie. And I couldn’t be more pleased with changes taking place now at the SBA.

Over the last four fiscal years, more than 80% of small businesses — half of which were from historically disadvantaged socioeconomic groups — had been nearly left out of the federal contracting space. Last year Black-owned businesses constituted 20% of all small businesses, but only received 2% of federal contracts. Women, veterans, rural business owners and other socio-economic groups didn’t fare better either.

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