A Report on the Economic, Social & Cultural Impact of the Native 8(A) program

May 01, 2012 | by
  • Description

The indigenous peoples of the United States today own Alaska Native Corporations, American Indian tribal companies, and Native Hawaiian Organization companies, all of which are structured and directed to address economic conditions among some of the poorest people identified in Census data.In recognition of the unique structures of Native communities and the economic burdens they bear, Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act and related regulations permit such companies to become certified to participate in federal procurement with distinct provisions tailored to meet their distinct challenges.Together with a wide array of corporate educational opportunities up and down the career ladder, these investments help Native communities attract, retain, and grow human capital—the talents, skills, and capabilities necessary to improve Native quality of life.