8585 Old Dairy Road, Suite 201 Juneau, Alaska 99801

Partnering Benefits

As an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC), Kootnoowoo, Inc. is eligible for participation in multiple set-aside contracting programs and is open to considering partnerships and joint ventures that can take advantage of these opportunities and be mutually beneficial.

Programs that Kootznoowoo is eligible to participate include:

SBA Tribal Section 8(a) Program

The Tribal Small Business Administration (SBA) Section 8(a) program is a formal business development program designed to assist socially and economically disadvantaged small business, such as Native-owned small businesses that are at least 51% owned by an ANC, to enter the federal marketplace through training and development in contracting, financial, technical, marketing, and management skills.

Native-owned small businesses can use the 8(a) program as a tool to successfully market and compete for federal contracts. ANCs are unique in that they may own multiple entities participating in the 8(a) program.

The SBA Section 8(a) program offers several advantages for our partners. For instance, on Tribal Section 8(a) sole-source/direct awards:

The SBA Section 8(a) program offers several advantages for our partners. For instance, on Tribal Section 8(a) sole-source/direct awards:

There is no dollar threshold [13 cfr 124.506 (b)].

The government can award sole-source DoD contracts up to $100M in value without justification and approval (J&A), and awards over $100M with J&A.

Awards are not subject to protest [13 CFR 124.517(a)].

The DOD Indian Incentive Program (IIP) is a congressionally-sponsored program that provides a 5% rebate to federal prime contractors and subcontractors that subcontract to Indian-owned organizations.

Congress has established a 23% government wide goal for awards of contracts to small businesses. Subsets of the small business goal are a 5% government wide goal for awards to small, disadvantaged businesses (SDBs), a 5% government wide goal for awards to women-owned small businesses (WOSB), a 3% government wide goal for awards to a historically underutilized business zone @ (HUBZone) small businesses, and a 3% government wide goal for awards to service-connected disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB). A contract can get counted towards more than one goal.

ANCs are exempt from competitive threshold limitations per 13 CFR 124.506(b) and are eligible to receive sole-source contracts of unlimited value.

Contracting or partnering with a Native-owned Section 8 (a) entity stimulates economic growth and career opportunities that benefit the Tribal and surrounding communities.

HUBZone Program

The federal government’s goal is to award at least 3% of all federal contracting dollars to HUBZone-certified small businesses each year. The government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses in historically underutilized business zones. It also gives preferential consideration to those businesses in full and open competition.

Joining the HUBZone program makes your business eligible to compete for the program’s set-aside contracts. HUBZone-certified businesses also get a 10% price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions. HUBZone-certified businesses can still compete for contract awards under other socio-economic programs they qualify for.

To qualify for the HUBZone program, we must:

Be a small business

Be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by U.S. citizens, a Community Development Corporation, an agricultural cooperative, a Native Hawaiian organization, or an Indian Tribe

Have its principal office located in a HUBZone

Have at least 35 percent of its employees live in a HUBZone

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

The State of Alaska Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program is a federally required program designed to ensure that firms owned and controlled by minorities, women, and other socially and economically disadvantaged persons have the opportunity to grow and become self-sufficient through participation in federally funded DOT contracts.

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)

MBE Certification is the process by which a business is verified as being minority owned according to the criteria set forth by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). The NMSDC’s requires a business to be at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by racial or ethnic minorities who are also U.S. Citizens.

Once a business is granted an MBE certification, its business contracts may be counted toward the minority spend goals set by the top corporations across the country. The distinction as a certified MBE gives minority owned businesses a competitive advantage when seeking corporate partnerships and contracts.

By becoming a certified MBE, minority owned businesses gain access to contract opportunities with some of the largest and best-known corporations, educational and governmental institutions throughout the country.

If your organization is interested in partnership with Kootznoowoo, please contact:

Edwell John, Jr., Business Analyst ejohn@kootznoowoo.com

Ralph “Chico” Bierely

K-Plaza Building Maintenance Manager

Chico serves as a jack-of-all-trades for the corporation. His main responsibility is overseeing the maintenance and upkeep of the K-Plaza building. However, he provides additional support when needed on a variety of projects. He is based in Juneau.