If your business is Native-owned and is looking for ways to grow, you may be interested in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) Business Development program.
The 8(a) Business Development program helps socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs to develop and grow their businesses through one-on-one counseling, training workshops and management and technical assistance over the nine-year program term. It also provides access to government contracting opportunities to help small businesses better compete in the federal marketplace.
The SBA has introduced three new online training courses on 8(a) to help entity-owned small businesses -- firms that are owned by an Alaskan Native Corporation (ANC), a Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) or a Tribal Enterprise -- learn what the 8(a) program does, how your business can take advantage of the program’s benefits and how to grow your business.
The new courses are:
- Tribal Enterprise Business Guide: 8(a) Business Development Program
- ANC Business Guide: 8(a) Business Development Program, and
- NHO Business Guide: 8(a) Business Development Program
Each course gives a complete overview of the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development program and clarifies and distinguishes the exemptions of the program for each type of entity-owned firm.
The courses are free and accessible online, along with other contracting courses in the SBA’s Government Contracting Classroom.
Each course module describes how the SBA’s 8(a) program works, outlines the program eligibility requirements, gives step-by-step guidance through the application process, discusses key questions and answers about the program, and how you can get started in the 8(a) program.
Also, each course gives a list of business development resources that are available, including links to needed documents, forms and websites. The courses are self-paced, include audio-guided lessons and are indexed so that specific module topics can be easily accessed.
Workbooks on each course are also available that help track and complement the online training courses. The workbooks can be downloaded for easy reading offline.
You can take advantage of these and other free interactive courses that are offered at the SBA’s Online Learning Center to get help with your business needs.