October 5, 2013
The government shutdown continues Day 5. In making inquiry the Score Office is shutdown. The Score recording said in speedily, “Due to funding cuts on October 1, this office is shutdown until further notice.” This is one just one chink in the small business armor that is offline. The shutdown has a national effect not only our museums, parks but our business support arms that aid in business development.
The fifth day effect has short and long-term effects. Sustainability thinking supports a healthy ecosystem. The lack of resources in one areas subtracts across the supply chain steadily and often unrecognizably chokes the innovation, momentum and strength of its workforce and companies. The next effect is the small business effect. Small businesses rely on the robustness of the government for contracts, funding, grants, data, information, and advisory services that fuel business. The services of SBA, Score, PTAC’s, Army Corp of Engineers, EIA and more offer intrinsic support that feeds the supply chain.
The supply chain is supported by the governments’ SBIR, Darpa, grants programs and more are the platforms for small business development. The services that the government outsources to small developing businesses are fuel centers of many small businesses and that supply chain is linked to the sustainability of theses fueling centers .
NBC this morning reported the jobs that are already in line for layoff if the shutdown continues. NBC reported, “How the ripple effects of the government shutdown might spread, day by day” where “Monday, Oct. 7: Sikorsky Aircraft of Connecticut, which sells helicopters to the Defense Department, says it will be forced to furlough 2,000 workers in Connecticut, Florida and Alabama.”
“Friday, Oct. 11: United Technologies, a major defense contractor, says it will be forced to furlough 4,000 workers at two of its companies, Pratt & Whitney and UTC Aerospace Systems. Sikorsky says it will furlough 1,000 more.”
“US defense contractor Lockheed Martin said Friday it would put 3,000 workers on unpaid leave Monday due to the government shutdown,” reported Raw Story.
The shutdown is not good for business but even worse for smaller concerns. Sustainability reveals that the ecosystem in which we work is based on robust activity on every level. When OEMs or Tier I’s cease to grow or decide upon a pragmatic or conservative practices to operating, Tier II or III’s contract and shrink. Moreover, when Tier II and III’s evaporate there is collapse in innovation, jobs and businesses that feed the Tier I’s.
- Lockheed Martin furloughs 3,000 workers due to government shutdown (rawstory.com)
- Government Shutdown Forces Lockheed Martin to Furlough 3,000 Workers (fool.com)
- The SBA and the Government Shutdown (agimssinc.wordpress.com)