NACA Launches Next NACA BD Portal Phase Including State and Local Procurements

NACA Launches Next NACA BD Portal Phase Including State and Local Procurements

WASHINGTON, DC (August 20, 2014)– Last week, the Native American Contractors Association launched State and Local Procurements as the newest feature in its successful NACA Business Development Portal. In early 2014, the NACA team along with its technical partner, BidSpeed, realized a need for state and local procurement opportunities in the NACA BD Portal, thus expanding the reach for NACA Members and growing the earning potential for those small businesses currently utilizing the NACA BD Portal for federal and tribal procurements. “The introduction of state and local procurements in the NACA BD Portal is a revolution in the contracting world,” said NACA Executive Director Kevin Allis. “We are expanding upon a knowledge base and offering more opportunities to our membership, and those small businesses looking to diversify their businesses and grow profit margins in challenging markets.” The first of its kind in Indian Country, the NACA BD Portal rivals some of the biggest business development software tools in federal contracting. Much like other web-based business development tools, the NACA BD Portal is directly integrated with FBO, DIBBS, FPDS-NG, and SBIR/STTR data. However, its cost is only a fraction of the price, at $1500 per year for three seats. With several grants and programs based around the NACA BD Portal, NACA continues to lead the way by providing solutions to the federal procurement budget decline, among many other challenges companies face in today’s current economic climate. Although a common misnomer, the NACA BD Portal serves more than just Native enterprises. All businesses looking to get involved with the contracting industry are highly encouraged to become NACA BD Portal members. Current...
NACA On the Hill | July 2014

NACA On the Hill | July 2014

NACA On the Hill I July 2014: NACA sponsors CNAY; ENLS2014 is a success; Legislative Director Dennis Worden attends White House Conference; External Affairs Ricki McCarroll attends DoD Inspector General Media Advisory, NACA BD Portal launches State & Local procurement...
Native American Contractors Association Sponsors Center for Native American Youth Champions for Change; Sends Young Leaders to White House Town Hall

Native American Contractors Association Sponsors Center for Native American Youth Champions for Change; Sends Young Leaders to White House Town Hall

Native American Contractors Association Sponsors Center for Native American Youth Champions for Change; Sends Young Leaders to White House Town Hall WASHINGTON, JULY 24, 2014 – On Monday, July 20, 2014, President Obama announced new commitments to the My Brother’s Keeper initiative and invited four young men from the Center for Native American Youth’s (CNAY) Champions for Change program. With support from the Native American Contractors Association (NACA) these four young men traveled from their tribal communities to attend the event and talk about the priorities they see for young men in tribal communities across the country. “It is an honor and a privilege to support these young people, leading their communities,” said NACA Executive Director Kevin Allis. “We are investing in the future leaders of Indian Country and could not be happier to be a part of this experience that each of them will remember for a lifetime.” The My Brother’s Keeper event featured remarks from the President and dialogue with youth in the audience. CNAY, a policy program at the Aspen Institute created in 2011 by former US Senator and longtime champion of American Indian issues Byron Dorgan, was allowed to select four youth leaders to attend. These youth — who make up our country’s most at-risk population — shared Native American priorities; ensuring Native youth perspectives were included in the discussion with President Obama. Announced earlier this year, My Brother’s Keeper is a White House effort aimed at addressing persistent gaps in opportunity facing young men of color and ensuring that all young people can reach their full potential. “I want to tell the president that...
Native Organizations Stand Unified Against Senator McCaskill and Support the Native 8(a) Program in Alaska Native Communities

Native Organizations Stand Unified Against Senator McCaskill and Support the Native 8(a) Program in Alaska Native Communities

“In a show of unity, organizations across the country reject Senator Claire McCaskill’s (D-MO) continued unwarranted attacks on Native American federal contractors,” said Kevin Allis, Executive Director of the Native American Contractors Association (NACA), and tribal member of the Forest County Potawatomi Community. “Indian Country is unfairly facing a number of cumulative efforts to hamper economic development in our Native communities across the country,” stated Jackie Johnson-Pata, Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians. “Ridiculous attacks on the Native 8(a) Program from Senator McCaskill, restrictions on placing land into trust, and continued assaults on taxation issues targeting Indian Gaming and tobacco sales, have all been extremely damaging to the achievement of self-determination that this nation has promised Indian Country,” stated Johnson-Pata. On Monday, June 30, 2014, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) sent a letter to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) calling for records on all joint venture Alaska Native Corporation (ANC) contracts and all benefits reports filed by ANCs since the implementation of the March 14, 2011 SBA 8(a) Business Development Program revised rules. In a follow up to the letter Senator McCaskill’s office published a press release on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, stating that the Senator “demanded” answers from the SBA and has introduced legislation to “crack down on waste and abuse in contracting by eliminating the unique government contracting preferences and loopholes for ANCs.”  Senator McCaskill claims that, “ANCs are circumvent[ing] the federal contracting process, and that the benefits were not reaching disadvantaged Alaskan Natives.” “This statement is simply not true,” stated Allis. “Native participation in the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program has been extremely successful in fostering economic development in Indian Country, while providing...
NACA On the Hill | June 2014

NACA On the Hill | June 2014

NACA Legislative Director Dennis Worden spoke on a panel at NCAI Mid-Year in Anchorage, Alaska; NACA Board and Staff traveled to Juneau, Alaska by invitation of Sealaska Corporation to attend Celebration and held its bi-monthly NACA Board Meeting; NACA Executive Director presented at Native Nations Event in Anaheim, CA; NACA & NCAIED Partner on Congressional Outreach Summit & RES DC; NACA Board Chair Annette Hamilton presents at RES DC; NACA Executive Director Kevin Allis chairs Native 8a panel at RES DC; NACA Executive Director Kevin Allis testifies before Senate Committee on Indian Affairs during hearing on Indian Country Economic Development. Upcoming events at NACA in July 2014 include NACA Emerging Native Leaders...