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One of the priorities of this administration has been to support small businesses, including small business government contractors. The government’s spotlight on small businesses appears to be justified. According to SBA, they accounted for almost 60 percent of the net job losses during the height of the recession in 2010. Because the recession resulted in tighter private lender restrictions to small business, they have not been able to rebound as quickly from these losses. Despite various legislative efforts, the largest customer in the world, the U.S. government, also has not favored small businesses. The federal government has missed the government-wide 5 percent small business contracting goal five years running (2005 – 2010).

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