- SDB/8(a) Business Development Program (12/21/2006)
- 100% Native American owned and operated
SBA 8(a) Small Business Development Program
Tribal and ANC 8(a) firms are eligible to receive sole source 8(a) contracts regardless of dollar size, with no upper limit, while all other 8(a) firms may not receive sole source contracts in excess of $3 million (Individual Indian Owned). Congress provided this opportunity because it recognized that tribes and ANCs have the large responsibility of trying to pull their entire tribal membership up from poverty and need larger contracts to be able to do so.
Pursuant to statutory language and implementing regulations, a DOD prime that subcontracts with a firm that is 51% or more Native American owned is entitled to receive a bonus equal to 5% of the amount of the subcontract award. While this provision is theoretically available to all agencies, Congress has provided appropriations to implement it only to DOD. Defense Appropriations Act annually provides $8 million for this program.