I came across an article that you might find interesting if you are doing business around Indian Country. MBDA posted and article that reports there are opportunities that are available that you should research!
|$6.6 Million Investment in Indian Country to Create Jobs and Support Businesses|
|On September 14, MBDA announced five winners of a grant competition to spur job creation and economic development in states with large American Indian and Alaska Native populations. Approximately $6.6 million is being invested to operate new MBDA Business Centers in Anchorage, Alaska; Fresno, California; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Bismarck, North Dakota; and Tulsa, Oklahoma. The grantees are the Native American Contractors Association; Asian, Inc.; American Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Mexico; United Tribes Technical College; and Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma, Inc. Each will receive about $1.2 million over a 5-year period.
The new MBDA Business Centers will be operated in new geographic locations for MBDA and were selected to serve the high concentrations of American Indian and Alaska Native firms in each area. By expanding the MBDA footprint, more minority-owned firms will have access to MBDA and its portfolio of strategic partners in the public and private sector.
The introduction the new MBDA Business Centers completes the Agency’s overhaul of its Business Center Program. The five new Business Centers will be able address the unique economic challenges and opportunities in Indian Country and Native Alaska, while also serving other minority-owned firms nationwide. The new MBDA Business Center program also eliminated geographic boundaries so the distinct expertise of these former Native American Business Enterprise Centers can be accessed by minority business owners from anywhere in the country.