North Carolina HUB Certification Achieved by The Akana Group with AIPTAC Assistance

The AKANA Group, Inc. located in Grapevine, Texas, is proud to announce their recent certification as a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) by the North Carolina Office for Historically Underutilized Business, or HUB Office.

“We have a nationwide Federal contract that is also usable by State officials,” said President Chad Johnson. HUB certification was extremely valuable almost immediately in his estimation. He explained, “This HUB program provides additional value in the purchases by those customers and allows for an easier purchase process.”

The HUB Office collaborates with local Minority/Women/Small Business Offices who help certified HUB firms with identifying contract opportunities with state and local government and encourages current HUB firms to reach out to their local PTAC for assistance.

The AKANA Group is a client of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s American Indian Procurement Technical Assistance Center (AIPTAC). In December 2020, President Chad Johnson approached Procurement Specialist Crystal Pierce with questions about how to get certified. “HUB certification is a gateway to opportunity in the state,” said Ms. Pierce. Recently, the HUB Office announced that more than 5,000 firms are HUB certified in the state.

One of the first questions Mr. Johnson asked was “We hear there is a North Carolina HUB program, but we are not sure how to go about applying and even if we were able to qualify. The response from the National Center, especially Crystal Pierce, was ‘Yes.’ We could qualify and set us on the application path.”

He concluded, “We are looking for future collaboration and consultation with the National Center.”

Chad Johnson is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma located in Durant.

Incorporated in 2013, The AKANA Group is an industrial equipment dealer, specializing in agriculture, construction, and forestry. For more information about The AKANA Group, visit their website at .

AKANA Group UPDATE: The AKANA Group was referred to the Navajo Nation AI-PTAC from the Northeast AI-PTAC office because they were interested in in doing business with the Navajo Nation. The Senior Procurement Specialist for the Navajo Area recommended that the client register to do business on the Navajo Nation through the office of the Navajo Business Regulatory Department which the certifying entity for the Nation. The client was guided through the application process and was approved as a Priority 2 Vendor as a Non-Navajo but a Native American-owned business. The PTAC office shared with the client several opportunities for projects throughout the Navajo area for heavy equipment and other motorized vehicles. Through continuing marketing efforts and its certification on Navajo, the AKANA Group was successful in securing a contract with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, a tribal enterprise. The client was grateful for the assistance and collaboration from the two PTAC offices and helping to secure their first Navajo contract award.