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'Teaming Up' With Experienced Contractor Negates Small Biz's Size Eligibility

Friday, September 03, 2010 02:53 am


Size Determination

Size Appeal Of: Specialized Veterans, LLC, 2010 SBA Lexis 50 No. SIZ-5138 (June 11, 2010) A small business can't have and eat its cake: A contractor formed specifically to bid on contracts limited to veteran-owned small businesses lost that competitive edge when it sought technical and financial help from a larger, ineligible business.

A contractor lost its contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to build crypts at the Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Florida. The VA had awarded the contract to Specialized Veterans, LLC (Specialized) after finding that Specialized was a servicedisabled veteran-owned small business concern (SDVOSBC); the VA's request for proposals limited bidders to

SDVOSBCs. However, Specialized subsequently lost the award because the Small Business Administration Office of Hearings and Appeals d [...]

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