On July 19, 2012, Gov. Corbett officially announced the creation of a new state contracting program which is intended to set aside state contracts for small businesses and small veteran-owned businesses. The Department of General Services has formed the Small Business Procurement Initiative and has expanded the Small Diverse Business Program – formerly the Small Disadvantaged Business Program– to include small veteran-owned businesses. The Small Business Procurement Initiative reserves certain state procurements for competition among only self-certified small businesses – those that employ 100 or fewer employees and meet maximum revenue requirements – and enables these small businesses to participate in state contracting opportunities as prime contractors.
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PA Public Contracts provides legal commentary and insight on issues of public bidding and contracting in Pennsylvania, including topics ranging from the basics of public bidding, bid protests and challenges, to prompt payment rights and remedies, contract awards, and bid withdrawals, and including surety claims, release of retainage, and questions concerning the PA Prevailing Wage Act and the PA Steel Products Procurement Act.