Whether through free, onsite training sessions or via web-based seminars, Native-owned businesses can get a tutorial on joining the U.S. Small Business Administration 8(a) program.
Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions, a Tulsa, Oklahoma-based division of Cherokee Nation Businesses, is partnering with the SBA to guide tribally owned businesses, Alaska Native Corporations and Native Hawaiian organizations through the process.
“We’re pleased to partner with the Small Business Administration because it will provide more resources to the American Indian business community,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “At Cherokee Nation Businesses we are committed to creating jobs and building a strong economy. This will allow us to play a vital role as mentors and educators across Indian Country as we continue to nurture and grow tribally owned businesses.”
Working with the SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs, Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions created curriculum focused on business development and the unique rules and considerations of the 8(a) program. The sessions address the many challenges faced by native businesses and offer operational and leadership strategies to build capacity, foster growth and expansion, and ensure sustainability. CNTS also provides technical assistance to participating organizations.
“Our diversified businesses have experienced tremendous growth and success over the past few years,” said Steven Bilby, president of CNB’s diversified businesses. “We are honored to have the opportunity to work with the SBA to share our knowledge and passion, so that all native companies have the support they need to achieve success in their marketplace.”
The company is offering 30 workshops throughout the U.S., beginning in Oklahoma City on February 4. Registration is available two months prior to each workshop.
In addition, the company will host 12 webinars featuring specific topics from the workshop’s curriculum. The first online course is scheduled for March 13. For more information and a full schedule of dates and locations, please visit www.cherokee-cnts.com/training.aspx.
The Office of Native American Affairs, as part of the U.S. Small Business Administration, was created to promote and support Native American entrepreneurs through tribal consultations, development and distribution of promotional materials, and attendance and participation in national economic development conferences.
Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions was formed in 2008 to provide technical support services and project support personnel to its defense and civilian agency partners. The company provides a tailored management approach for complex government programs and disciplines, including information technology, science, engineering, construction, research and development, facilities management, program management, and mission support.