Phone: (202) 296-5505 Email:

New Call-to-action

 Back to all posts

Growing Business after a Government Shutdown and Fiscal Crisis Blog Feature
Kevin Lancaster

By: Kevin Lancaster on October 28th, 2013

Print/Save as PDF

Growing Business after a Government Shutdown and Fiscal Crisis

Government Business Development | Government | Events | Resources and Insight | Contracts | 1 Min Read


The U.S. government shutdown this past October has been one of the most damaging elements in the growth of business for GSA Contractors. The shutdown has taken a toll of $24 billion out of the economy and also reduced a projected fourth-quarter GDP from 3 percent to 2.4 percent.

Other rippling effects from the government shutdown are visible through the lack of maintenance and updates on websites, the suspension of government-backed Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, and businesses seeing fewer customers due to the overall fear generated from the shutdown. Along with that, a survey by the National Association of Government Contractors found that 29% of the 925 contractors polled said a shutdown would delay planned hiring, and 58% percent said it would have a negative impact on their business.

Businesses also suffered from the lack of federal workers supervising them through projects and making important decisions for the guidance of their projects. Another government contracting firm has reported that 107 members of its 115 person staff were deemed non-essential and were not able to assist government contractors during the shutdown.

As the next scheduled fiscal crisis by Congress approaches in February, many GSA contractors are still recovering from the effects of the last shutdown and are unsure of how to rebound from the last crisis and continue to grow in FY2014. In response, a complimentary webinar is being presented on November 12, 2013 that will address these issues and provide solutions for GSA contractors that need guidance through this difficult time.

Learn more by attending the complimentary webinar, “Growing Your Government Business During the 2014 Fiscal Crisis.” Register today!

Also, follow us on Twitter @Winvale for updates and insightful resources on GSA schedules and contracting.


About Kevin Lancaster

Kevin Lancaster leads Winvale’s corporate growth strategies in both the commercial and government markets. He develops and drives solutions to meet Winvale’s business goals while enabling an operating model to help staff identify and respond to emerging trends that affect both Winvale and the clients it serves. He is integrally involved in all aspects of managing the firm’s operations and workforce, leading efforts to improve productivity, profitability, and customer satisfaction.

  • Connect with Kevin Lancaster