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SBA and ONAA Resources

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps American start, build, and grow small businesses, in every part of the country. SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA) offers small business development assistance and resources to Native entrepreneurs. Both SBA and ONAA have a wide variety of resources about small business development generally and about the specific concerns of Native entrepreneurs and Native-owned businesses.

Native- and Tribal-Specific Business Resources

Office of Native American Affairs

SBA.gov web page | Native- and Tribal-Specific Business Resources

SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA) ensures that American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian business owners and entrepreneurs have full access to business development and expansion tools through SBA’s entrepreneurial development, lending, and procurement programs.

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Technical Assistance Centers for Native American Businesses

Native Business Technical Assistance Centers

ONAA web page | Technical Assistance Centers for Native American Businesses

ONAA offers free technical assistance to Native entrepreneurs and business owners through seven centers located across the country, including one located in Hawaii serving Native Hawaiian-owned businesses.

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Native Business Alliances

Native American Contractors Association

nativecontractors.org | Native Business Alliances

A national advocacy and resource organization that advocates for the rights of Native enterprises in government contracting, as well as providing resources for member organizations

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General Business Resources

8(a) Business Development Program

SBA.gov web page | General Business Resources

The 8(a) Business Development Program is a program for specially qualified businesses that are small, socially or economically disadvantages, or Native-American owned. A Native-owned business can choose to apply to this program as a business development strategy.

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SBA Learning Center

SBA.gov web page | General Business Resources

SBA’s Learning Center offers scores of online video courses on all aspects of business management, suitable for entrepreneurs of all types. Course categories include: planning, launching, managing, and growing your new business.

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Small Business at USA.gov

USA.gov web page | General Business Resources

A library of resources for small businesses, including answers to questions about starting a business, paying taxes, importing and exporting, operating a nonprofit, and more.

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Certified Development Company

data.gov list and map | General Business Resources

Certified Development Companies (CDCs) are nonprofit corporations certified and regulated by SBA that work with participating lenders to provide financing to small businesses. There are 243 CDCs nationwide, each covering a specific geographic area. Find one near you.

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SBA Loan Center

SBA.gov web page | General Business Resources

There are 6 SBA loan centers across the United States. SBA sets guidelines for loans made by its partnering lenders, community development organizations, and micro-lending institutions.

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U.S. Export Assistance Center

SBA.gov web page | General Business Resources

There are 111 U.S. Export Assistance Centers that provide export assistance for small- or medium-sized businesses, helping them compete in today’s global marketplace.

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Regional Innovation Clusters

SBA.gov web page | General Business Resources

The SBA has 14 Regional Innovation Clusters across the country that focus specifically on rural business development. Explore the regional innovation clusters nearest you.

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Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs)

SBA.gov web page | General Business Resources

The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) Program provides entrepreneurial development services to transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard & Reserve members, and military spouses interested in starting or growing a small business. There are 22 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as VBOCs.

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Women's Business Centers (WBCs)

SBA.gov web page | General Business Resources

SBA Women’s Business Centers are a national network of more than 100 centers that offer one-on-one counseling, training, networking, workshops, technical assistance and mentoring to women entrepreneurs. Find a nearby WBC for more assistance.

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Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs)

aptac-us.org/about-us | General Business Resources

The nationwide Procurement Technical Assistance Program has 94 Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs)—with over 300 local offices—that that help local businesses compete successfully in the government marketplace. Connect with your local PTAC to learn more about government contracting.

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SCORE

score.org | General Business Resources

SCORE is a nonprofit organization whose members provide free consultation services to entrepreneurs. The organization operates more than 300 chapters throughout the United States and offers its services in-person or online.

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SBA District Offices

SBA.gov web page | General Business Resources

These 68 district offices offer business development services and training to help small business start and grow.

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SBA Regional Offices

SBA.gov web page | General Business Resources

There are 10 SBA regions across the country. Find your region and your SBA regional advocate here.

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U.S. Small Business Administration

SBA.gov web page | General Business Resources

SBA is dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s go-to resource and voice for small businesses.

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