Support for Small Businesses Through COVID-19

Support for Small Businesses Through COVID-19

Our small-business partners are essential to SAIC's contractor ecosystem and the government's supply chain

05-06-2020
Rita Brooks
COVID-19

The rapid onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected how we live, interact, and do business. The urgent and unanticipated need for social distancing, while imperative for stopping the spread of the virus, has created significant economic challenges across the board. More than 20 million Americans have lost their jobs in the past month, and many more are at risk in the months ahead.

Small businesses are at particularly high risk. Without the size, scale, and diversity of work that benefit large corporations, many of these companies are facing serious threats to their viability as the crisis stretches on.

SAIC is proud of its longstanding commitment to our small business partners. These businesses are essential for maintaining a robust, dynamic contractor ecosystem, and they play a pivotal role in the supply chain required to meet the unique needs of government customers. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re taking additional steps to ensure that these small businesses have the resources they need to endure this difficult time.

As a first step in the process, we are accelerating payments to our affected small business partners. We want to ensure that they have the cash flow to meet payroll, cover rent, and, most important, continue to play their critical roles in supporting the missions of our customers.

We also want to make sure that employees who cannot work remotely remain safe while on the job. To that end, we’re providing thousands of reusable face masks to our small business partners in need, so that they can comply with CDC guidelines and protect themselves and those around them.

Our procurement team and the SAIC Small Business Program Office are eager to help small business partners who have questions or need assistance regarding their current partnerships with SAIC. We encourage those seeking help to reach out to their designated SAIC points of contact, and we will do everything possible to offer our support.

SAIC is committed to supporting our small business partners and making sure they have the tools to remain vibrant.

In addition, we encourage small businesses to take advantage of the many resources available to them during this time, including:

And, of course, please check back regularly on SAIC’s COVID-19 Response page for more information on how we’re also helping our communities and customers face the unprecedented challenges brought on by the pandemic.

SAIC is committed to supporting our small business partners and values their health and welfare. We will continue to provide updated information as events unfold and will continue to make sure our partners have the tools to remain a vibrant small business community.

 

Go to SAIC'S COVID-19 Information page for more: www.saic.com/covid-19-response

Posted by: Rita Brooks

Business Development Director

Rita Brooks is the director of small business programs for SAIC, providing guidance and leadership in the company’s small business relations, diverse supplier sourcing, geopolitical advocacy, and business development.

Brooks joined SAIC in 2019, having held numerous positions of increasing authority that were responsible for supplier diversity throughout her career. Brooks brings extensive experience in small business and working with organizations and government agencies that advocate for small business utilization. Prior to SAIC, Brooks was a small business manager for Textron Systems and a small business liaison officer for Northrop Grumman.

Brooks champions innovative ways to keep SAIC at the forefront of the small business and diverse business communities. She is an active participant in organizations that support SAIC’s small business advocacy, including the National Veterans Small Business Coalition and HUBZone National Contractor’s Council. Her passion for her work with small businesses and HUBZone businesses was recognized in 2020, when she was the first recipient of the 2020 National HUBZone Council Small Business Advocate of the Year Award.

Brooks earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. She is also a Certified Supplier Diversity Professional. She recently became a board member of the Capital Region Minority Supplier Diversity Council. She also served on the nominating committee for the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Executive Board for two years and is an active board member for the Ravens Roost #131, a philanthropic organization supporting her community through fundraising and donations for those in need.

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