The first tribal-owned business in Michigan received 8(a) status yesterday from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering, LLC, short-name 7GenAE, is wholly owned by Mno-Bmadsen (in Potawatomi, mno-bmadsen means walking the good path), the holding arm of the Pokagaon Band of Potawatomi Indians.
The nine-year SBA program helps small disadvantaged businesses compete in the government contracting marketplace. Participation will ensure 7GenAE SBA assistance with business development and expanding its services to federal agencies.
Troy Clay, CEO of Mno-Bmadsen, the holding company of 7GenAE, called achieving 8(a) certification a “major milestone for both 7GenAE and Mno-Bmadsen,” and described the application as “a very difficult process.”
“Securing federal contracts will help us expand our tribal economy which in turn will bring additional investment to our regional economy. The Mno-Bmadsen Board of Directors launched 7GenAE committed to getting the company certified to secure federal contracts,” said Eugene Magnuson, chairman of the Mno-Bmadsen Board of Directors.
“We are very excited about the 8(a) certification, and we are very optimistic about the future,” said Scott Winchester, General Manager at 7GenAE. “Achieving 8(a) status gives our company access to federal contracts designated as small disadvantaged set asides that were previously unavailable to us. This is a huge opportunity for growth, and we are eager and ready to enlist our services in government projects.”
7GenAE is a Tribally owned company with more than 50 years of combined experience in Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design and Planning. They specialize in in the Federal, State, Municipal, Commercial and Tribal markets and are skilled at completing projects on time and under budget. Every service is provided with a singular dedication to true environmental stewardship. 7GenAE was founded in 2012, and is located in Benton Harbor, Michigan. 7GenAE is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mno- Bmadsen. More information is available at www.7GenAE.com.
Mno-Bmadsen is the economic development enterprise chartered by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi to conduct all non-gaming, for-profit business for the Tribe. Organized as a diversified holding company, Mno-Bmadsen invests in and acquires new and existing companies within targeted industries, with a focus on long-term sustainability in both purpose and profitability.
Mno-Bmadsen currently owns three subsidiaries: Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering, LLC, located in Benton Harbor, MI; Accu-Mold, LLC in Portage, MI; and Bent Tree Market gas station and convenience store in Dowagiac, MI. More information is available at www.mno-bmadsen.com.