“Nobody walks into a contractual deal and says, ‘I need a woman-owned small business; I need a HUB Zone; I need an 8(a). No. ‘I need someone to get this work done. That’s first and foremost. If you have to fall into one of those categories, it can be a bonus.

It also means we’re not precluding people from competing. In certain situations, if we find two or more women-owned small businesses, or 8(a) small businesses that can do the work, we can set the work aside. … .”

Jimmy D. Smith, director of the Office of Small Business Programs, Department of the Navy.
See the Oct. 26 interview with Smith in the Front-Page story for further details.