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Programs help small guys get piece of action : Big players still get lion's share, but agencies also look for locals

Nov 05, 2018 - Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico)

Most of the $8.2 billion awarded by the federal government to companies in New Mexico goes to huge firms doing work for the national laboratories and the Defense Department.

However, federal agencies are required to allot at least 23 percent of their budgets to small businesses - an amount the government surpassed during fiscal 2017 by awarding $2.1 billion to small New Mexico companies.

Among the various programs the government offers for minority or disadvantaged business owners, t...