NACC-IL Certified American Indian Business

 Certification process – annual renewal

There is a fee to certify your business.



Some tribes require certification from CTER/TERO.

TERO Ordinances require that all employers who are engaged in operating a business on reservations give preference to qualified Indians in all aspects of employment, contracting and other business activities. TERO Offices were established and empowered to monitor and enforce the requirements of the tribal employment rights ordinance.

The Council for Tribal Employment Rights (CTER) is a community based Indian owned and operated non-profit organization that is comprised of and represents the interests of over 300 Tribal and Alaska Native Villages that are covered by employment rights ordinances. CTER was founded in 1977 and is governed by a 16 member Board of Directors which consists of Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) representatives from 8 regions of the nation.

Tribal Preferred Vendor

Not all tribes participate in the TERO program.  In that case, you must contact the Business Certification office for that particular nation.




To help provide a level playing field for small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged people or entities, the government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses that participate in the 8(a) Business Development program.

Disadvantaged businesses in the 8(a) program can:

  • Compete for set-aside and sole-source contracts in the program

  • Get a Business Opportunity Specialist to help navigate federal contracting

  • Form joint ventures with established businesses through the SBA's mentor-protégé  program

  • Receive management and technical assistance, including business training, counseling, marketing assistance, and high-level executive development

You can compete for contract awards under multiple socio-economic programs, as they apply.

SBA 8(a) Business Development Program -

 Steps To Applying for 8(a) -

 8a Certification Whitepapers -