The Small Business Administration released proposed changes on Wednesday to the program that makes it easier for Alaska Native Corporations to win government contracts. The 8-A program gives disadvantaged and minority-owned businesses a leg-up, and allows Alaska Native Corporations special privileges, like going after no-bid contracts. The initial reaction to the proposed changes from Alaska Native Corporations is guardedly optimistic. Sarah Lukin, executive director of the Native American Contractors Association or NACA is pleased with the way members were included in the process.
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington
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