Washington, Jan. 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman head of the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice of America’s 32.5 million small businesses in President Biden’s Cabinet signed the Agency’s 2022 Tribal Consultation Policy. The agreement, which directs the SBA’s coordination with governments tribal communities, also recognizes the federal government’s unique relationship with Native American governments and its responsibility to ensure that small businesses in tribal communities are fully accounted for and can equitably benefit from all resources offered by the U.S. government, a priority under the Biden-Harris administration and Administrator Guzman.
Through his Native American Affairs Office, the SBA has taken proactive steps to honor our Nation’s responsibilities and update policies affecting the Agency’s ability to operate in a government-to-government relationship with Indigenous Tribes and Indigenous Corporations in (ANC) recognized by the federal government and to consult with tribal governments and ANCs before finalizing SBA policies that have implications for these stakeholders. As President Biden said during his first week in office: “History demonstrates that we serve Native Americans best when tribal governments are empowered to lead their communities, and when federal officials speak and listen to tribal leaders in formulating federal policy that affects tribal nations.”
“The SBA is committed to building strong nation-to-nation relationships with every tribe that seeks to engage with the federal government,” said Administrator Guzman. “We strive to make tribal consultation an important part of our broader outreach and engagement, while creating opportunities for meaningful dialogue. We know this will advance our efforts to build bridges with entrepreneurs across Indian Country so that we can better connect them to the funding, market opportunities and networks they need to start and grow. The SBA understands that supporting Indigenous-owned small businesses is vital to our shared economic interests. We look forward to the dialogues that will help inform our policies and programs to begin to address the systemic inequalities that continue to plague Indigenous peoples.
Since taking office, Administrator Guzman has asked the SBA to explore ways to deepen and broaden the Agency’s relationships with entrepreneurs and continue to raise awareness of the wide range of government resources available to help. small businesses – an essential part of the US bailout. Community Browser Pilot Program. As work continues to level the playing field for underserved communities and counter the difficulties many people faced in accessing relief at the start of the pandemic under the Biden-Harris administration Native American entrepreneurs have received nearly $700 million in SBA funding. Additionally, about 4,000 Native American entrepreneurs are engaged in federal government contracts — a number the SBA aims to increase by bolstering its business development programs, such as 8a and HubZone, and helping small business owners navigate new markets. new contract opportunities thanks to recently announced announcements. procurement reforms. All Indian countries are HubZone certified.
Jackson S. Brossy, Deputy Administrator, Office of Native American Affairs said, “Supporting Indigenous-owned small businesses is critical to our shared economic future. And that starts with addressing the systemic inequalities that continue to plague Indigenous peoples. Along with Administrator Guzman, I am committed to ensuring that all of our programs and services help ALL of our small businesses access the capital, markets, and networks they need to start and grow.
The Assistant Administrator/Office of Native American Affairs (AA/ONAA) will be the designated official with primary responsibility for the SBA’s implementation of Executive Order 13175 and will lead and coordinate tribal consultations for the Agency. This will be accomplished by the following means:
- Development of an information package for potential Tribal Consultation participants
- Design of the consultation process
- Selection of appropriate meeting sites
- Notification to Tribal Governments
- Identification of participants in the consultation process
For small businesses, connection and knowledge of resources is essential. It is a priority to develop new ways to effectively raise awareness of the wide range of SBA resources available to help small businesses. This effort will counteract the difficulties that so many underserved small businesses faced in accessing critical relief at the start of the pandemic.
Currently, 4,000 Indigenous entrepreneurs are engaged in federal government contracts – the SBA aims to increase this number by bolstering business development programs such as 8a and HubZone – all of Indian Country is HubZone certified.
Following the consultation, if possible and appropriate, the written record will remain open for a period of time to allow tribal officials to submit additional comments. All follow-up comments should be submitted via email to [email protected] or by mail to:
409 3rd Street, Southwest
Washington D.C., 20416
The complete and signed Tribal Consultation Policy of the US Small Business Administration can be viewed here: https://www.sba.gov/document/support–us-sba-tribal-consultation-policy
About the United States Small Business Administration
The United States Small Business Administration is making the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the single, go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA gives entrepreneurs and small business owners the resources and support they need to start, grow, or grow their business, or recover from a declared crisis. disaster. It provides services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.
Signing of the Tribal Consultation Policy