WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman head of US Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice for America’s 32.5 million small businesses in President Biden’s cabinet signed the agency’s 2022 Tribal Consultation Policy its responsibility to ensure that small businesses from tribal communities are fully considered and equitable by all resources offered by the American government can benefit, a priority under the Biden-Harris administration and Administrator Guzman.
through his Office of Native American AffairsThe SBA has taken proactive steps to meet our nation’s responsibilities and update policies that affect the agency’s ability to operate in a government-to-government relationship with federally recognized Indigenous Tribes and Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs). , and to consult with tribal governments and ANCs before finalizing SBA policies that impact these stakeholders. As President Biden said in his first week in office: “History shows that we serve Native Americans best when tribal governments have the authority to run their communities, and when federal officials speak to and listen to tribal leaders as they formulate federal policies that affect tribal nations.”
“The SBA is committed to building strong nation-to-nation relationships with any tribe that seeks cooperation with the federal government,” said Administrator Guzman. “We are focused on making tribal counseling an important part of our broader tribal work and engagement, while also creating opportunities for meaningful dialogue. We know this will propel our efforts to build bridges with entrepreneurs across Indian land so we can better connect them with the funding, market opportunities and networks they need to start and grow. SBA understands that supporting locally owned small businesses is vital to our common economic interests. We look forward to the dialogues that will help inform our policies and programs to begin addressing the systemic injustices that continue to plague tribal peoples.
Since taking office, Administrator Guzman has directed the SBA to explore ways to deepen and broaden the agency’s ties with entrepreneurs and raise awareness of the wide array of government resources available to support small businesses — a critical element of America’s rescue plan Community Navigator Pilot Program. As work continues under the Biden-Harris administration to level the playing field for underserved communities and counteract the struggles that many faced in accessing relief efforts in the early days of the pandemic Native American entrepreneurs received nearly $700 million in SBA funding. Additionally, about 4,000 Native American entrepreneurs are involved in government procurement — a number the SBA hopes to increase by strengthening its business development programs like 8a and HubZone and by helping small business owners navigate new contract opportunities through recently announced companies procurement reforms. All Indian Country is HubZone certified.
Jackson S. Brossy, Assistant Administrator, Office of Native American Affairs said: “Supporting small, locally owned businesses is vital to our collective economic future. And that begins with addressing the systemic injustices that continue to plague tribal 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) is the designated officer with primary responsibility for the SBA’s implementation of Executive Order 13175 and directs and coordinates tribal consultations for the agency. This is achieved by:
- Development of an information pack for potential tribal consultation participants
- design of the consultation process
- Selection of suitable meeting places
- Notice to tribal governments
- Identification of the participants in the consultation process
For small businesses, connection to and awareness of resources is critical. This is a priority to develop new ways to raise awareness of the wide range of SBA resources available to support small businesses. These efforts will counteract the difficulties that made it difficult for so many underserved small businesses to access critical assistance at the beginning of the pandemic.
There are currently 4,000 domestic entrepreneurs involved in federal procurement – the SBA intends to increase this number by strengthening business development programs such as 8a and HubZone – all Indian land is HubZone certified.
After the consultation, where practicable and appropriate, the written record will remain open for a specified period of time to allow tribal officials an opportunity to submit additional comments. All follow-up comments should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
409 3rd Street, SW
Washington D.C., 20416
The full, signed US Small Business Administration Tribal Consultation Policy can be viewed here: https://www.sba.gov/document/support–us-sba-tribal-consultation-policy
About the US Small Business Administration
The US Small Business Administration is making America’s dream of entrepreneurship a reality. As the single point of contact and voice for small businesses, backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA provides entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow, expand, or diversify their business a statement to recover disaster. It offers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.
Signing the Tribal Consultation Policy