Cherokee Nation Small Business Assistance Center hosts workshop


TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation Small Business Assistance Center is partnering with nationally renowned speaker and trainer Bennie Gonzales and the U.S. Small Business Administration for a two-day, interactive small-business course for Cherokee entrepreneurs.

The course will be held at the Indian Capital Technology Center in Muskogee on May 22-23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is designed to educate small-business owners on understanding and formatting Request for Proposals and government contracting.

“Government contracting is a great step in which local businesses can grow their business, and we are excited to help them learn the skills needed to be successful with this process,” said Stephen Highers, Cherokee Nation small business assistance center entrepreneur development manager.

The course is part of the Small Business Administration’s 7(j) program and is provided in part through grant funding. The 7(j) program emphasizes entrepreneurial education, counseling and training resources to help small business-owners who are socially and economically underprivileged succeed.

“The training provides a roadmap for small businesses new to responding to Request for Proposals and businesses who want to improve their proposal development capabilities,” said Gonzales.

Gonzales brings more than 35 years of procurement experience to the workshop and currently trains U.S. Department of Defense and civilian agency contracting officers at every level. Gonzales also works with the Contracting Officer’s Representative certification program.

“We are excited to have someone of Mr. Gonzales’ skill and knowledge come to the Cherokee Nation to teach our small businesses how to understand the RFP process and how they can do business with the government procurement agencies,” said Highers.

Cherokee Nation is providing the training at no cost, but registration is limited to 30 attendees. Lunch will be provided both days by sponsors ICTC and Carrier Medical.

To register for this course or to learn more about the instructor, visit or contact training coordinator Lynn Wilson at

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