The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced grant awardees in a pilot program designed to help small businesses work together to compete for federal contracts, grow, and create jobs.
The Small Business Teaming Pilot Program, made possible by the Small Business Jobs Act, awards grants to organizations for training, counseling, and mentoring to help small businesses enter into teaming relationships and compete for larger federal contracts. Teaming may take the form of joint venture and mentor-protégé relationships.
Eleven grantees were selected from hundreds of applications submitted. Grantees were awarded between $200,000 and $500,000 in funding, for a total of approximately $5 million in Fiscal Year 2011.
The organizations in the pilot program will help small businesses find other firms interested in teaming, form teaming arrangements, and find and bid on larger contracts. Grantees will leverage their existing resources and collaborate with SBA District Offices, resource partners, and other federal, state, local and tribal government small business development programs.
“Government contracts are a crucial source of revenue for small businesses,” said SBA Administrator Karen Mills. “The teaming pilot program will help small businesses grow and create jobs by giving them the tools they need to work together on larger contracts.”
Small businesses interested in becoming part of a small business team should contact the grantee nearest to them.
For more information about the Small Business Teaming Pilot Program, please visit www.sba.gov/teaming .
The list of the teaming grantees:
Clearwater Economic Development Association - $500,000
National 8(a) Association - $500,000
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development - $500,000 (A MBDA Center Operator )
National Community Reinvestment Coalition - $500,000 (A MBDA Center Operator )
San Diego State University Research Foundation - $499,992
San Diego, CA
LSI Business Development, Inc. - $499,920
Chicago Urban League - $499,907
Raytheon Company - $499,693
Mercy Enterprise Corporation dba Mercy Corps NW. - $433,338
Urban League of Rochester, NY, Inc. - $300,000
Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) - $200,546