Government , Business

ONES receives 8a and HUBZone certifications to compete for federal contracts

Osage Nation Environmental Solutions LLC is now certified for HUBZone and 8a status with the Small Business Administration.

With both SBA certification statuses, ONES is eligible to compete for federal government contracting dollars along with other certified small business entities including those owned by other Native American tribes and Hawaiian organizations.

The Pawhuska-based ONES LLC made the announcement on Sept. 25 after receiving email notification that the applications for HUBZone and 8a status were both approved.

“Osage Nation Environmental Solutions is pleased to announce ONES has obtained from the Federal Small Business Administration approved certification for HUBZone and 8(a) status,” the ONES entity said in a joint statement.

“The (ONES) Chairman of the Board, Board of Directors and Corporate Officers would like to extend our appreciation for support to the Osage Nation Congress and Executive branches specifically for last year’s investment. We appreciate Principal Chief (Geoffrey) Standing Bear and his formal letters of support and Tulsa Procurement Technical Assistance Center for assistance in the review and submittal of the applications,” said Jacque Jones, the director of operations for ONES.

The certification comes as the ONES officials prepared to meet with the ON Congressional Commerce, Gaming and Land Committee on Sept. 26 to deliver a presentation on its business.

“The company is excited and welcomes the opportunity to present its Economic Development plan for the ONES and the Nation as a whole,” the ONES statement added.

According to its website, the SBA 8a program is intended to help provide a level playing field for small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged people or entities, which can compete for federal contracts, thereby providing revenue to ONES with an approved 8a application.

For the HUBZone program, its website states the federal government’s goal is to award at least 3% of all federal contracting dollars to HUBZone-certified small businesses each year. For HUBZone program benefits, the website states: “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.”

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