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News from State Senator Steve Cassano

July 8, 2016

Capitol address
Legislative Office Building
Room 2200
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Capitol: 860-240-5302
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Helping Veteran-owned Businesses Succeed

VIDEO: Cassano Vets Biz
I had the opportunity last week to visit Manchester Awning on East Middle Turnpike and meet with owner and Marine Corps veteran Jeffrey Nodden to talk about a new state law giving veteran-owned small businesses (like Manchester Awning!) a 15 percent price preference when bidding on state contracts.

The new law was passed earlier this year on a unanimous and bipartisan basis in the state legislature; it allows a 'micro business' (defined as a business with gross revenue of up to $3 million a year) that is owned by a veteran to receive preferential consideration when biding on certain state Department of Administrative Services contracts.

In the case of Manchester Awning, for instance, the qualified low bidder for a state awning contract could be $10,000, but if Manchester Awning bid $11,500 (15 percent higher), it could still win the contract. DAS has bid several awning contracts over the past several years.

Other U.S. states have price preferences for veteran-owned businesses, but none as large as Connecticut's. Two states (New Mexico and Michigan) offer 10 percent price preferences, while other states offer just 2, 3 or 5 percent price preferences.

This new law creates the largest contract price preference for veterans in America, because state legislators wanted to show our appreciation for our veterans.


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