JOINT BASE SAN ANTNOIO-LACKLAND, Texas. —
The Twenty-Fifth Air Force at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland sponsored a Small Business Day March 18 where 50 individuals representing 32 small businesses from across the United States presented products or services to headquarters staff in support of The Small Business Act of July 30, 1953.
The Act created the Small Business Administration in order to "aid, counsel, assist and protect, insofar as is possible, the interests of small business concerns."
“We have a small business and four socio-economic goals we are trying to meet in terms of the contracts we award to small businesses,” said Dr. Lisa K. Anderson, small business professional and procurement analyst with the Air Force Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Detachment 2. “This Small Business Day provided an opportunity to meet these goals, and to identify and match capable small businesses with Twenty-Fifth Air Force mission requirements.”
Annually, goals are established between the SBA and agencies within the federal government, to include the Air Force, Air Combat Command, and the Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Anderson said.
The SBA’s charter not only requires consideration of small businesses, but ensures small businesses receive a "fair proportion" of government contracts and sales of surplus property.
Accordingly, the Secretary of the Air Force’s Office of Small Business Programs promote a culture that looks to small businesses first for innovative, agile and affordable solutions to meet warfighter needs.
To learn more about Air Force efforts to utilize small businesses, visit https://www.airforcesmallbiz.af.mil/ or read the eProgram Guide.