HONOLULU, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday, February 20, the Native American Contractors Association (NACA), Native Hawaiian Organization Association (NHOA), and Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (NHCC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Statement of Partnership.
The MOU establishes a mutually beneficial formal partnership between the three organizations, and respective members, to work toward the advancement of Native Hawaiian business and economic development for Native communities.
In addition to business development, the three organizations plan to make joint visits to local and national political representatives to educate policy makers on the importance of small business development for Native Hawaiian communities.
"Together we represent the communities that have given so much to who we are as individuals and who we are as a People," said NACA Executive Director Kevin Allis. "In standing with our friends at NHOA and NHCC, we work toward a stronger future for all Native communities."
The MOU signing was part of an entire week devoted to Native Hawaiian outreach by NACA Staff. The week included meetings with local agencies, trainings, and NACA members and constituents. On Wednesday, February 19, there was a co-hosted reception by NACA and the Center for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) that was attended by Retired U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI), U.S. Senator Maize Hirono (D-HI), and U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI). Also in attendance was the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Chief Advocate Kawika Riley.
For more information about the NACA, NHCC, or NHOA, please contact NACA External Affairs Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 503-9169.
Native American Contractors Association
NACA is a national Native advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., and represents Tribal, Alaska Native Corporations, and Native Hawaiian Organizations across the country. NACA seeks to protect the economic self-sufficiency of America's indigenous people that is enhanced through the participation of its members in the SBA 8(a) program. NACA's members represent and provide benefits for nearly 700,000 Tribal members, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.
Native Hawaiian Organization Association
The mission of the Native Hawaiian Organization Association (NHOA) is to protect, promote, and advance business opportunities for Native Hawaiian Organizations. NHOA's Mission Statement is rooted in the legislative intent of the Native 8a program, which seeks to provide economic opportunities within Native communities. The success of the 8a participant is inherently linked to the fulfillment of their NHO mission. NHOA thus serves to enhance the successes of firms, the continued legislative support, and therefore the economic and social impact on the Native Hawaiian community.
Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (NHCC) is to connect and strengthen Native Hawaiian business and professions by building on a foundation of relationships, resources, and Hawaiian values. In keeping with our mission, NHCC provides opportunities for networking among members, the people of Hawai`i and those engaged in business and industry; serves as a means to organize the Hawaiian business community into a viable economic and social voice; and provides the necessary facilities for members' educational advancement in subject areas relevant to business, industry and commerce.
SOURCE Native American Contractors Association