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GSA Recommits To Relationship with Native American Business Community

GSA #10273

September 18, 2006
Contact: Jon Anderson (202) 501-1231
jon.anderson@gsa.gov

Washington D.C. – Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration, Lurita Doan, told a group of Native American business leaders that GSA is recommitting to ensure their business community has the opportunity to become active partners with GSA in providing materials and services to the Federal government.

“You bet GSA is reaching out to the Native American business community,” Administrator Doan told the business owners.  “We want to ensure that you know what’s necessary to succeed in the Federal procurement process.  We will take the necessary steps to make certain you all have every opportunity to participate in the Federal contracting arena.”

Administrator Doan met with the business leaders at the GSA/Native American Business Community Forum last week, which included representatives from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency and the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs to outline plans for increasing this community’s participation in federal contracting opportunities.  These plans include

• Increasing Federal support to the GSA Native American Business Center
• Increasing GSA’s already extensive national and regional outreach to Native American businesses and tribes
  by leveraging GSA’s strong, existing relationships with national Native American organizations
• Establishing a Native American-GSA business development task force

GSA has a strong history of supporting Native American small business owners at both its national headquarters and 11 GSA regional offices throughout the United States.  GSA offers small business development workshops for Native American small business owners, maintains close ties to the National Congress of American Indians and is also a partner in the National Reservation Economic Summit and American Indian Business Trade Fair .

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