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11.801 Native American Program
MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AGENCY, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Executive Order 11625, October 13, 1971; Department of Commerce and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, Public Law 105-277.
To provide electronic and one-on-one business development service to Native Americans interested in entering, expanding or improving their efforts in the marketplace. To help Native American business development centers to provide a wide range of services to Native American clients, from initial consultation to the identification and resolution of specific business problems.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) competitively selects and funds eight Native American Business Development Centers (NABDC's) to provide management and technical assistance to Native Americans located throughout the country. Recipients of NAP funds provide clients with advice and counseling in such areas as preparing financial packages, business counseling, business information and management, accounting guidance, marketing, business/industrial site analysis, production, engineering, construction assistance, procurement and identification of potential business opportunities. MBDA does not have the authority to nor does it make loans to Native American firms. Program funds are restricted to providing management and technical assistance.
Applicant Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions for this program. Applicants eligible to provide services to the Native American community may include individuals, nonprofit organizations, for-profit firms, local and State governments, Native American Tribes, and educational institutions.
Pre-application Coordination: Preapplication conferences may be scheduled for NAP projects. The conferences will be announced in the Federal Register. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula. The Native American Program does not require any matching or cost-sharing by the recipient.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Financial (quarterly and annually); narrative (semi annually and annually); statistical reports on each client are required.
Account Identification: 13-0201-0-1-376.
In fiscal year 2002, MBDA funded Native American business development centers in 8 locations that provided management and technical assistance to minority business enterprise clients. Clients were assisted to obtain $82.9 million in financial packages and $108.2 million in procurement contracts from financial institutions and procurement sources, respectively.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
There are no applicable regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations.
Regional or Local Office: Contact the nearest Minority Business Development Agency Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
An NABDC located in Oklahoma received a $235,000 award to provide one-to-one management and technical assistance to eligible Native American clients to develop business plans and promote the development and operation of businesses.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Competitive awards for the NAP are made based upon a panel evaluation of the applications. This evaluation includes such factors as capability and experience of staff assigned to the project, techniques, methodology, resources and costs.