First, what is an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC)?
ANC means any Regional Corporation, Village Corporation, Urban Corporation, or Group Corporation organized under the laws of the State of Alaska in accordance with the Alaska Native Claims Act, as amended by 43 U.S.C 1601.
In addition, and as defined in federal regulations, a tribally owned business (concern) means any business (concern) that is at least 51% owned by an Indian tribe. An Indian tribe is any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community of Indians, including any ANC, which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians or is recognized as such by the State in which the tribe, band, nation or community resides.
The 8(a) program is a tool, a business development tool that may fit within the economic development vision of the ANC or the business entities that are owned by the ANC. With that said, successful business development within a tribe may be enhanced with a well-defined economic development framework and a strong foundational base of capabilities, strategies and supporting policies.