MoneyWatch (02/28/13) Constantine von Hoffman
The sequester spending cuts, scheduled to go into effect March 1, already are hurting small businesses. Many small businesses have been affected by U.S. Department of Defense cuts and cuts by other government agencies, which have curbed their spending in anticipation of the sequester, according to Karen Mills, the outgoing head of the U.S. Small Business Administration. In 2011, 20% of the Pentagon’s prime contracts and 35% of its subcontracts were awarded to small businesses. Those contracts are now at risk.