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GPCC Applauds Pennsylvania Veteran-Owned Small Business Measure

Posted Monday, November 12th, 2012

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The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) applauds Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s signing into law Senate Bill 623, legislation that encourages state agencies to contract with veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses by setting a 3% participation goal in contracts made available by Pennsylvania to small businesses each year.

GPCC thanks Pennsylvania Senator Robert “Tommy” Tomlinson (R-Bucks) for his leadership as author of SB 623.  Since 2005, the Chamber has worked with Senator Tomlinson and his staff to promote veteran opportunities in Commonwealth contracting.

“This legislation will help to ensure that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania gives our veterans consideration for contracting opportunities with the state government,” Tomlinson said. “Our service men and women are leaving their jobs and small businesses to serve our country. It is only fitting that we provide them with the outreach assistance and opportunities when they return home.”

As part of its “Supplier Network,” the Chamber has provided veteran-owned business and service-disabled veteran-owned business vendors with comprehensive training to help them capitalize on their unique classification. The initiative has created networking opportunities to connect with regional corporations and federal government agencies looking to satisfy supplier diversity goals.

To advance outreach efforts, the Chamber has worked with Senator Tomlinson to make veterans in our region aware of the Supplier Network programming, networking opportunities, and the need to register the federal procurement registry, the centralized database used by both corporate and government procurement officers to locate qualified suppliers.

“Senator Tomlinson has been a leader in promoting veteran business opportunity.  His legislation sends the right message to veteran-owned small businesses that the Commonwealth recognizes their service and sacrifice to this country,” said GPCC President and CEO Rob Wonderling.

GPCC Board member and President of Union Packaging Michael K. Pearson said, “This measure opens the door of opportunity to veteran-owned businesses across Pennsylvania.  Veteran-owned businesses like mine can expect assistance and resources that will put them closer to success and growth in Commonwealth contracting.”

“We look forward to working with Governor Corbett and his Administration to promote the new contracting goals for veteran-owned businesses and to connect more small businesses to procurement opportunities through the Department of General Services’ Small Businesses Procurement Initiative,” said Wonderling.

SB 623 creates the opportunity for veteran-owned small businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses to learn how to do business with the Commonwealth through the assistance of the Department of General Services.  The creation and management of a centralized list of Pennsylvania’s veteran-owned small businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses will encourage more businesses to certify themselves veteran-owned for the purpose of competing for Commonwealth contracts and receiving procurement solicitations.  Senator Tomlinson led the effort to pass SB 623, and Representatives Stephen Barrar (R-Delaware) and Nicholas Miccarelli (R-Delaware) were instrumental in securing final passage of this important measure.

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