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SBA has awarded the first contracts in an economic development initiative.

SBA has awarded the first contracts in an economic development initiative aimed at Native American communities.

Administrator Hector Barreto said the initiative "will create a framework for us to work closely with tribal communities, helping Native American businesses succeed and create jobs in their communities."

The new contracts awarded incorporate partnerships with American Indian tribal governments, tribal colleges, Native American organizations, federal agencies and the private sector to spur economic growth for Native Americans. They include:

* Arviso Business Consulting, a Navajo tribal member-owned firm in New Mexico, to develop two cultural tourism corridors for rural micro-enterprise development in the Navajo Nation.

* Kauffman & Associates, a small American Indian-owned company in Spokane, WA, to provide technical assistance, marketing assistance, communications training and Web site development to small businesses in economically disadvantaged Native American areas.

* Mandaree Enterprise Corp., a tribally-owned company on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, ND, to develop a business and technology incubator that will provide infrastructure support and access for Native American entrepreneurs.

* G&G Advertising, an 8(a) American Indian-owned company in Albuquerque, NM, and Billings, MT, to develop and provide marketing products to Native American and Alaska Native small business owners.

* Nth-Degree Analytics, a small business in Bozeman, MT, to conduct research on job creation tracking in Indian Country.
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Title Annotation:Washington Insider; Small Business Administration
Publication:Set-Aside Alert
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Date:Feb 6, 2004
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