WILFONG’S THOUGHT OF THE DAY
“My Brother – At the risk of inspiring controversy, the focus should be on leveling the playing field for those originally deemed socially and economically disadvantaged. My guess is that those in that original category, including African Americans and women, most likely also include a subset of those individuals now entitled to claim the service disabled veteran designation ( I won’t call it a preference, because considering what most of these folks gave to their country, it’s more of a distinction or honor). But, in my view, anyone who’s a service disabled veteran (and I might argue that “veteran” status is sufficient for those in the socially and economically disadvantaged group) is entitled. Just my two cents, which with the falling dollar, is worth even less.“
This comment was sent to us by one of our long-time Netters. He was with us back almost when we first started. He wants us to keep our eyes on the prize. He wants us to never forget what we are looking for. “To promote the competitive viability of firms owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. That’s what we’re looking for.” As we marvel at the discussion on The Wilfong Hour, he wants us to get back to that basic, we started off with-making the playing field level.
He’s well aware that a strong indicator of the real obstacle in the game is the 80/20 ratio as between Bigs and Smalls in federal contracting. He uses the fact that this ratio has not changed in the 20 years we’ve been associated, as being indicative of the playing field not being level. He has watched as the firms we’ve both helped to develop, have grown in their capability. Some of them have gone on to the next level, being acquired by larger firms as they establish and nourish long-term relationships. This is to him, a sign of success for these firms; an indication of success for our effort.
The fault, if there’s any to be placed, lies with the fact that these firms we’ve seen go on, have not been replaced by others. We’ve watched the firms that do business with his firm, and a couple others increase their business. But, we’ve also watched as others tend to come after the very business done by contractors his firm does business with, rather than going after “new work”.
He’s watched the subtle pressure they get from the government customers as they seek to serve the flavor of the month-go to the Designated Groups. He, as we, know this is a “passing fancy” that will go away with the political winds that swirl about us.
We got his message…
The struggle continues, until we succeed-and we shall-YES WE CAN!!!!!