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  1. Tribalconsult2024

2024 Request for Public Comment and Notice of Tribal Consultation Meetings

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The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) will conduct two separate virtual meetings, one with American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Community Tribal officials and the other with the governments of federally recognized Tribes, on FridayMay 17, 2024

The meeting with American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Community Tribal officials will be from 1:00 - 3:00 P.M. EDT

The meeting with the governments of federally recognized Tribes will be from 3:30 - 5:00 P.M. EDT

Both the officials and governments of federally recognized Tribes will be notified of meeting details in writing by email. The communication will include RSVP instructions.

The purpose of these meetings is to provide an accountable and transparent process that ensures meaningful and timely input from Tribal officials regarding MBDA’s business development and entrepreneurial services in Indian Country, Alaska, and Hawaii and the implications that these programs have in these communities.  

Please note, the consultation meetings are closed to the public.  

To register for the Greater Tribal Community Virtual Consultation Meeting on May 17, 2024, please visit: https://cvnt.me/xBZy8n

Attendees will provide comments on any or all of the issues presented and identify the specific AIANNH community addressed. 

Questions for Public Comment 

  1. What is the primary (or top three challenges) businesses encounter in AIANNH communities? What solutions do you think would help to address the challenge(s)?   
  1. What are some best practices that you have seen implemented that positively address the business challenges experienced by your AIANNH community through self-funded and/or externally funded programs (e.g., Federal, State, local government, foundations, etc.)? 
  1. If you have direct or indirect experiences with a MBDA AIANNH project, please provide your thoughts on which services and activities were most beneficial and which could have been more effective.  

MBDA will also accept online submission of written comments in response to the Questions for Public Comment.  

For comments to be considered, they must include the following identification of the commenter:  name; title (if applicable); Tribe, Alaska Native Corporation, or native community (if applicable); organization or business (if applicable); city and state; and they must be submitted in written form at www.regulations.gov. To access the docket where comments may be submitted, please enter “DOC-2024-0003” in the search bar. Comments must be received no later than 11:59pm, EDT, Sunday, June 16, 2024. 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Mr. Curtis Doster, Jr., Associate Director, Office of Legislative, Education and Intergovernmental Affairs, Minority Business Development Agency, at (202) 482-2332; or by email at [email protected]