Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions Providing SBA Workshops for Native Corporations

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Cherokee company offers 8(a) program training sessions and web-based seminars

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Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions (CNTS) is continuing its partnership 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 and Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs).

“This partnership emphasizes our commitment to helping tribally owned businesses succeed,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “The SBA program has provided numerous opportunities for our companies to grow and develop, and we hope that by sharing our knowledge and expertise, we can see more Native American-owned businesses do the same.”

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 for tribally owned firms and ANCs. The sessions address challenges faced by native businesses and offer operational and leadership strategies to build capacity, foster growth and expansion, and ensure sustainability. CNTS also provides year-round technical assistance to participating organizations.

“We are very proud of the work our team is doing with the SBA, and especially proud to promote and advance native-owned businesses,” said Steven Bilby, president of CNB’s diversified businesses. “Sometimes the hardest part of starting a new business is learning where to begin and what resources are available to help you succeed. These workshops provide valuable insight into the SBA program and give companies the support they need to become successful within their industries.”

Registration is currently available for classes in March.

Class Schedule for March 2015

March 25, Tahlequah, Oklahoma
March 25, Phoenix, Arizona
March 26, Phoenix, Arizona
March 26, El Paso, Texas

To register for a workshop, please visit http://www.Native8aTraining.com.

In addition, the company is hosting webinars featuring specific topics from the workshop’s curriculum. Webinars available for download in March include Federal Contracting Basics, 8(a) Application Process for Tribes and Native American Entrepreneurs, and 8(a) Program Exit Strategies for Entity-Owned Companies.

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, Oklahoma, 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 8,200 people. CNB owns companies in the gaming, hospitality, personnel services, distribution, manufacturing, telecommunications, information technology and environmental services industries.

For more information, please visit http://www.cherokeenationbusinesses.com.

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