Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions Hosts SBA Workshops for Native American-Owned Companies  in September

Onsite Training Sessions and Web-Based Seminars Available for Native Corporations Interested in Joining the 8(a) Program

gI_41740_Businesses_Logo_Preferred_400pxTULSA, OKLAHOMA — Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions (CNTS), a division of Cherokee Nation Businesses, is partnering with the U.S. Small Business Administration to host free, onsite training sessions and web-based seminars for native corporations interested in joining the 8(a) program. The workshops provide valuable insight for tribally owned businesses and Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs).

“We’re pleased to partner with the Small Business Administration because it will provide more resources to the American Indian business community,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “At Cherokee Nation Businesses we are committed to creating jobs and building a strong economy. This will allow us to play a vital role as mentors and educators across Indian Country as we continue to nurture and grow tribally owned businesses.”

Working with the SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs, CNTS created curriculum focused on business development and the unique rules and considerations of the 8(a) program. The sessions address the many challenges faced by native businesses and offer operational and leadership strategies to build capacity, foster growth and expansion, and ensure sustainability. CNTS also provides technical assistance to participating organizations.

“Our diversified businesses have experienced tremendous growth and success over the past few years,” said Steven Bilby, president of CNB’s diversified businesses. “We are honored to have the opportunity to work with the SBA to share our knowledge and passion, so that all native companies have the support they need to achieve success in their marketplace.”

Registration is currently available for classes in September.

Class Schedule for September 2014

September 4, Reno, Nevada
September 9, Sacramento, California
September 10, Shasta Lake, California

In addition, the company is hosting a webinar on September 11 regarding Strategic Planning. For more information and a full schedule of dates and locations, please visit or

The Office of Native American Affairs, as part of the U.S. Small Business Administration, was created to promote and support Native American entrepreneurs through tribal consultations, development and distribution of promotional materials, and attendance and participation in national economic development conferences.

Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions was formed in 2008 to provide technical support services and project support personnel to its defense and civilian agency partners. The company provides a tailored management approach for complex government programs and disciplines, including information technology, science, engineering, construction, research and development, facilities management, program management, and mission support.

CNTS is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies.


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