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Collaborating with a Tribal-Owned 8(a) entity offers a distinct advantage for businesses seeking to market their products and services to the federal government. But what constitutes a tribal-owned 8(a) company? Such an organization must meet the following criteria:

  1. It must qualify as a small business, as delineated by the Small Business Administration (SBA) based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code and the SBA size standard table.

  2. At least 51% of the ownership must be vested in a federally or state-recognized Tribe.

  3. Contract awards cannot be subject to protests.

  4. It is eligible to receive non-competitive 8(a) sole-source contract awards.


The federal government is committed to procurement from small, disadvantaged 8(a) firms. To this end, agencies establish targets for contracting and subcontracting with small, disadvantaged, women-owned, veteran-owned, and HUBZone businesses. The achievement of these targets is monitored and reported, with some agencies employing "set-asides" on specific contracts that reserve sales for 8(a) or other small business categories.


Each year, numerous 8(a) firms either graduate or are promoted from the program. A substantial proportion of these firms are promoted prior to the completion of the nine-year period, having achieved such success that their sales surpass the designated ceiling, as defined by their NAICS code. Should your company be interested in pursuing a role as a capability provider for a Tribal 8(a) team, we invite you to contact us for an initial interview.


The Tribaleaux Group is dedicated to facilitating sales and marketing efforts for 8(a) companies with which they have established agreements. By leveraging the unique strategic sales and marketing advantages inherent to 8(a) firms, the Tribaleaux Group offers an array of resources, experience, and connections to ensure success throughout the nine-year duration of your 8(a) program.”

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