Tulsa, OK (PRWEB) February 03, 2014
Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions (CNTS), a division of Cherokee Nation Businesses, is partnering with the U.S. Small Business Administration to host free, onsite training sessions and web-based seminars for native corporations interested in joining the 8(a) program. The workshops provide valuable insight for tribally owned businesses, Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) and Native Hawaiian organizations (NHOs).
“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, CNTS 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 Feb.4. Registration is now available for all classes through the end of April.
Class Schedule for February-April 2014
Feb. 4, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Feb. 19, Honolulu, Hawaii
March 4, Seattle, Wash.
March 6, Portland, Ore.
March 18, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
March 20, Great Falls, Mont.
April 2, Anchorage, Alaska
April 3, Dillingham, Alaska
April 15, Casper, Wyo.
April 17, Pueblo, Colo.
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 http://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.
CNTS is headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., and is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies.
About Cherokee Nation Businesses
Cherokee Nation Businesses is the tribally owned holding company of the Cherokee Nation, the largest Indian Nation in the United States. The Cherokee Nation and its businesses employ more than 9,000 people. CNB owns companies in the gaming, hospitality, information technology, personnel services, distribution, manufacturing, telecommunications, environmental services and security and defense industries. For more information, please visit http://www.cherokeenationbusinesses.com.
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