You just spent thousands upon thousands of dollars and an enormous amount of time preparing a proposal or bid on a set aside project for a Federal Agency. They choose another contractor, who you know is not small. Or that small contractor is controlled by a business that is not small. What can you do? Or, having just won a contract award, a competitor has protested that your company is not small due to your affiliation with a large subcontractor.
You have the right to request an investigation by the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) for a determination that a competitor is other than small, or that a solicitation is using the wrong NAICS code for the Federal contract. By filing a reasonable Size Protest you can assist the Federal Government in monitoring or policing the qualifications of businesses competing for contracts the Federal Government has set aside for Small Business participation. You also have the right to defend yourself against unreasonable protests to your size by competitors. Both actions require immediate response in both preparation and filing.
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Whether you are a new or seasoned federal contractor, having the right information will save you time and effort in the long run. Size Protest is not the only concern; federal contractors needs to be up to date on affiliation rules, business certifications, small business subcontracts, and much more. If you would like more information on SBA matters, see the list of resources below.
Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida
If you would like more information on Small Business Concerns, please see the article below.