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U.S. Small Business Administration: Native American Micro Enterprise Business Services

Deadline: July 11, 2015

The Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA) mission is to ensure that American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians seeking to create, develop, and expand small businesses have full access to the business development and expansion tools available through the Agency’s entrepreneurial development, lending, and procurement programs. In recent years, ONAA has sponsored and managed nation- wide contractor-led workshops and roundtables, co-sponsorship agreements, interagency agreements, and tribal consultations; developed and distributed promotional materials; and attended and participated in national economic development conferences as subject matter experts for these groups. The vision for this initiative is not to encourage the duplication of what ONAA has traditionally done in the past, but to solicit new innovative approaches to meet the needs of these targeted groups at the microenterprise level of business ownership. The major focus of this initiative is to target specific Native American business operations in underserved markets throughout the country that are functioning on a microenterprise scale. Additionally, ONAA’s vision is to empower microenterprises that specialize in providing goods or services for their local areas to better service their communities and beyond.

This program seeks proposals of efforts that are unique and innovative in the substance of the assistance to be provided to beneficiaries, and/or the methodology by which the assistance is to be provided. Applicants may not propose efforts which duplicate any of the SBA’s ongoing array of management and technical assistance services, in substance and/or method of delivery. Accordingly, SBA is seeking proposal of efforts that center around unique and innovative approaches to addressing the many challenges facing Native American firms today, including, but not limited to, teaming with other businesses, mastering the process of procuring a federal government contract, reversing declines, and re-energizing small businesses.

Amount: Approximately $600,000 in awards, ranging from $100,000 to $200,000, will be made to up to six organizations. Awards will be made for three years.

Eligibility: To be eligible, an applicant:

  • May be a for-profit or not-for-profit entity and Native Community Development Financial Institutions
  • Must have been in existence continually for at least the past three years
  • Must demonstrate substantive experience dealing with issues relating to the Native American population and small businesses located in areas with a high population of Native Americans
  • Must demonstrate that it has a track record and the capacity to provide assistance to Native American

Eligibility for client services in the proposal includes: a socially and economically disadvantaged individual whose firm is a participant in the 8(a) Business Development Program; a business that is eligible to receive 8(a) contracts; or a business which qualifies as small under 13 CFR subpart 121 – Small Business Size Regulations, and which is located in an urban or rural area with a high proportion of unemployed or low-income individuals, or which is owned by such low-income individuals. The term “high proportion of unemployed” means the urban or rural county’s unemployment rate is not less than 140 percent of the average unemployment rate for the United States or for the state in which such county is located, whichever is less. The term “low-income individual” means an individual whose family’s taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.

Link: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277169

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