Much of the work of the federal government is accomplished through contracts with non-governmental entities. For the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012, those contracts added up to more than $500 billion. The Legislature wants a good portion (23%) of those dollars to go to small businesses as a means of strengthening the nations’ economy. To achieve that goal, the government designates certain contracts and subcontracts as “set aside” for small businesses. The Small Businesses Administration oversees these set-asides. Contracts are further set aside for small businesses with additional distinctive characteristics including small businesses that are disadvantaged, women-owned, service disabled, veteran owned, and small businesses located in economically distressed communities (HUBZones). One of the goals of the set asides is to help small businesses of various types to grow and to develop the competence and expertise to compete in the open market for government contracts.