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North Wind companies are wholly owned subsidiaries of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI), an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC) and are Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDB) and 8(a) Business Development Participants.

Backed by $1 billion balance sheet and $4500 million in bonding, North Wind companies are managed by a rigorous and mature Earned Value Management System, ISO-9001 and NQA-1 compliant quality system, and Health & Safety program that far exceeds industry-average performance.

Through our 8(a) ANC status, North Wind can receive sole source contracts, providing our clients with a streamlined avenue to robust capabilities. Subcontracts awarded to North Wind can also be counted towards a Prime Contractor’s small business goals.

The ANCs were established in 1971 when the United States Congress passed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) which settled land and financial claims made by Alaska Natives and provided for the establishment of 13 regional corporations to administer those claims.
Following establishment, Congress gave ANCs unique rights in federal contracting. These rights provide Federal agencies strong incentives to contract with tribal and ANC firms. These incentives include:

  • 8(a) firms owned by ANCs may receive sole source (direct award) contracts regardless of dollar amount. 13 CFR 124.506(b)
  • Sole-source contracts to ANC 8(a) companies may not be protested, because there is no injured party. 13 CFR 124.517(a)
  • The SBA is allowed to waive the two-year-in-business rule for tribal and ANC-owned firms. 13 CFR124.112(c)(6)
  • Large Award Thresholds – ANC 8(a) companies can be awarded a sole source contract up to $22 million without Justification & Approval [13 CFR 124.506(b)]. For awards larger than $22 million, Agencies follow the Justification & Approval process [NDAA FY 2010 Sec. 811; 48 CFR 6.303].
  • Follow-on Contract Options – North Wind companies can be awarded follow-on contracts for work that was previously performed by non-North Wind 8(a) ANC firms and are otherwise considered ineligible due to subsidiary follow-on restrictions [13 CFR 124.109(c)(3)(ii)].
  • Joint Venture Requirements – A Joint Venture between an ANC 8(a) and a non-8(a) company can be awarded sole source 8(a) contracts above the competitive threshold [13 CFR 124.506(b)(4)] as long as it meets the requirements of 13 CFR 124.513.
  • Indian Incentive Program Advantages – Indian-owned economic enterprises shall have the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in performing contracts awarded by Federal agencies [FAR 26.102]. In fulfilling this requirement, the Indian Incentive Program allows an incentive payment equal to 5% of the amount paid to a subcontractor in performing the contract. Prime contractors and tier-1 “Management & Operating” contracts can use this program [FAR 26.103].

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Contact Information
SBA Boise District 

Larry Demirelli 
SBA, Business Opportunity Specialist
Boise District Office
380 E. Parkcenter Blvd. 330
Boise, ID  83706
(208) 334-9636 

Meaningful Involvement

Each North Wind company can utilize the experience, personnel, and capabilities of their sister companies through meaningful involvement. Examples of meaningful involvement include direct involvement in project management of the affiliate’s personnel, use of affiliate’s facilities, use of the affiliate’s machines and equipment, or direct involvement of the affiliate’s employees in the contract. These provisions provide North Wind Small Business status while maintaining large business systems and infrastructure.

If you have goods or services you would like to offer to North Wind, please register as a potential North Wind vendor or supplier.


The 8(a) Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resources for Services II (Stars II) Contract # GS00Q17GWD2203. The 8(a) STARS II GWAC offers access to highly qualified, certified 8(a) small disadvantaged businesses. The contract has a $10 billion program ceiling with a five-year base period and one five-year option.
8(a) STARS II allows for directed awards up to $4 million, including options. Please click here for more information.

SeaPort Enhanced (SeaPort-e) multiple award contract (MAC) offers a full range of professional, technical, and administrative services in support of the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. SeaPort-e is the NAVY’s electronic platform for acquiring support services in 22 functional areas. North Wind – Portage has a prime contract N00178-14-D-7450 with the NAVY that was awarded April 18, 2013.

In 2018, North Wind Construction Services was awarded the National Park Service’s $40M Northern Intermountain Region Construction Multiple Award Task Order Contract along with our partner, Blue Sky Builders out of Denver Colorado. This award will provide opportunities to continue our growth in the Central and Western Regions.

North Wind maintains a General Services Administration (GSA) contract, which allows any federal agency to negotiate directly with us. Our qualifications have been evaluated and our services and rates pre-approved by the GSA.
GSA Contract # GS-10F-111BA: GSA Federal Supply Service Environmental Services
899-1 Environmental Planning and Documentation
899-7 Graphic Information Systems

SBA 8(a)
Several of North Wind’s companies have been certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in the 8(a) Business Development (BD) and Small Disadvantaged Business (SBD) program. The 8(a) certification enhances our ability to compete in serving the federal government by providing business development assistance and the opportunity to pursue contracts specifically set-aside for 8(a) participants. An an Alaskan Native Corporation, North Wind can be awarded federal government contracts of up to to $22 million on a sole-source (non-competitive) basis without justification and approval. This extraordinary benefit enables agency initiatives to get rapidly underway by streamlining the contract award process. Our status facilities non-protestable awards in as short as 5 business days – saving the government time and resources.

Direct Award Procedure:

  • North Wind identifies opportunity with Agency
  • Agency prepares scope of work and RFP
  • Agency submits Offering Letter to Business Opportunity Specialist in SBA-Boise District office
  • SBA approves North Wind as an eligible 8(a) concern, accepts offering on behalf of North Wind, and sends an Acceptance Letter to the Agency
  • North Wind prepares a proposal and submits to Agency
  • Agency negotiates with North Wind and awards Contract


Brady Bigelow
Chief Business Development Officer
(303) 263-9201