THE NHO PROGRAM
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"The 8(a) program was established by Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act and primarily governed by federal law. The program is a business development tool that offers opportunities for small businesses owned by Native Hawaiian Organizations (NHO). Under the 8(a) program, Congress granted such entities with unique rights in the federal procurement process. These rights provide federal agencies with strong incentives to contract with businesses owned by NHOs."
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"NHOs do have special rules for participation in the 8(a) program. There are many reasons for this. However, an important perspective is that proceeds from NHO owned companies are used for the benefit of Hawaiian communities, rather than individual owners, NHO members, or directors. NHOs use these proceeds to build, sustain and operate their communities – for the betterment of education, health care, public works and other community sustaining activities."
(Excerpts from the SBA NHO Small Business Guide)