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Small Business & Other Socioeconomic Programs

SBA's Native 8(a) Program - Insights and Perspectives

Thursday, January 14 |  3:30 - 5pm ET

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Under SBA's Native 8(a) program, government contractors owned by Alaska Native Corporations (ANC), Native Hawaiian Organizations (NHO) and Indian Tribes have the opportunity to participate in SBA's 8(a) business development program under special rules.  We have put together an expert panel of government contractors owned by ANCs, NHOs and Indian Tribes, to share their unique insights and perspectives from SBA's Native 8(a) program, including how participation differs between ANCs, NHOs and Tribes.  Topics of discussion will include corporate structuring challenges/strategies, affiliation exemptions, sole source contracting, 8(a) applications and life after graduation, and the intersection between federal/state laws and tribal laws/ treaties.


  • Romina Bentz, Senior SBA Program Manager, Bristol Bay Native Corporation
  • Philip Kahue, Executive Director, Alaka`ina Foundation
  • Ian Rufe, Vice President of Corporate Development, S&K Technologies, Inc.

The panel discussion will be followed by an opportunity for audience Q&A.

Before the panel, we will have a short case law update and discussion upcoming meetings.