Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions providing free SBA workshops in Anchorage, Alaska

April 16, 2015

Instructor-led courses hosted at the Alaska State Library in April


TULSA, Okla. — 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 two onsite classes in April.

April 28: Introduction to the 8(a) Business Development Program and Application Overview

This workshop is focused on new businesses who are learning about the 8(a) program or in those first 2-3 years of business and considering the program. We discuss establishing a firm business infrastructure focused on establishing a “potential for success” in 8(a).

April 29: 8(a) Business Development Tools and Resources

This workshop is relevant to all businesses, but has an 8(a) focus on using the program as a discriminator for establishing contracting and teaming relationships.

Both courses are instructor-led and will be held at the Alaska State Library in the Williwaw Room at 344 West 3rd Ave., Suite 125.

To register for a workshop, please visit

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.