New Government Contracts Land In Ohio

business (6)The economy seems to show signs of recovery some analysts suggest but, others are not as optimistic as they are, and yesterday the Dow Jones fell nearly 130 points, along with S&P and Nasdaq which lost more than 1% each.

Certainly the economy shows its ups and downs and the stock market as well, and  although the Akron area has seen the loss of hundreds of jobs, other parts of Ohio are getting government contracts that should help the local economy. Below are two articles concerning the Ohio economy and one about small business news. Follow the links to read more about them.

Ohio company lands VA small business program work

After abruptly ending a three-year contract, the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded two task orders to meet the requirements of its veteran-owned small business program.

Despite the quick contract transition, verification of service-disabled, veteran owned small businesses didn’t miss a beat, the program’s chief told me.

As I reported Nov. 27, the VA allowed a contract with Alexandria-based Ardelle Associates to end Dec. 2 without an alternative in place for processing and verifying contractor applications, which in turn would allow them to be able to compete for work set aside by the VA.

The agency kicked off a competition during the Thanksgiving holiday and has apparently decided on this approach: split the work into two.

Both task orders were awarded to Monterey Consultants Inc. of Dayton, Ohio — one providing support for the Office of Small And Disadvantaged Business Utilization, and the other VA’s Center for Veterans Enterprise. The latter includes the application processing. The two task ordes were worth $1.08 million and $2.26 million respectively.

Business news briefs: Giant Eagle acquires Cleveland pharmacy company

O’Hara-based Giant Eagle Inc. has acquired Cleveland-based Rx21 Specialty Pharmacy, which specializes in medications used for complex treatment regimens for cancer, hepatitis C, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis, among others. With the acquisition, Giant Eagle officials say pharmacy customers receiving these treatments now have 24-hour access to a pharmacist for consultations. Terms of the deal were not released.

CBIZ Small Business Employment Index Rises

The CBIZ Small Business Employment Index (SBEI), a barometer for hiring trends that surveys data from 3,500 companies with 300 or fewer employees, increased by .52 percent during November following a decrease of .42 percent during October.

Wednesday’s ADP’s November survey revealed that the private sector added 215,000 jobs during the month, which is the strongest job growth reported this year. In addition, October’s revised tally is 184,000 jobs created, after 130,000 new jobs were reported initially.

“Approaching the holiday shopping season with optimism, we know that retailers spent the month stocking shelves. A small increase in the SBEI seems to indicate that, by and large, smaller retail shops performed those tasks with only minimal hiring. Although the reading was less than what we had hoped for, it was better than three of the last four November reports,” shares Philip Noftsinger, business unit president for CBIZ Payroll Services. “There are mixed economic signals in the numbers right now, but most retailers seemed to be optimistic about this holiday season,” he continues.