Ms. Bills is a nationally-recognized expert on 8(a) contracting and the development of the “Buy Indian Act” legislation considered friendly to tribal businesses. She created the first Native-owned, telecommunication-certified 8(a) company in the SBA’s Region 10 later selling her company to an Alaskan Native Corporation in 1997. She served as the Executive Director of the Alaska 8(a) Association before joining the US Department of Commerce in 2005 as the first Director of a new federal office, the Office of Native American Business, Tourism, and Trade Promotion. She served until 2009 for both President Bush and Obama.
Ms. Bills is an active speaker at meetings and conferences and has mentored small and large Indian businesses on the Buy Indian Program, 8(a) programs and many other business programs of the Federal government. Ms. Bills has contacts across many federal, state, and commercial entities. She is also active in organizations that do outreach and is the point of contact for numerous aerospace and large prime contractors looking to find tribal or small business partners. Tallgrass will benefit from her experience and contacts in critical industries as we move forward with our organic growth opportunities. She is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation.