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Native American-Owned Businesses

Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA)

The SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs facilitates full access to business growth and expansion tools for small businesses owned by Native Americans. ONAA engages in tribal consultations, produces promotional materials, and participates in national economic development conferences.

American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians can use our local assistance tool to find nearby offices and resources. There, you can get counseling on whether our 8(a) Business Development Program is right for you.

Free technical assistance

ONAA offers free technical assistance for a variety of business types. Consider the following for technical assistance.

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Group/Location Purpose

Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Provides technical assistance is to expand its existing training programs with: Executive coaching for businesses in the areas of sales, marketing and product management; financial management coaching and related topics.

Council on Native Hawaiian Advancement/ Kapolei, Hawaii

The ‘Oihana project is a small business development program that provides training, technical assistance, and networking opportunities to Native Hawaiian businesses/entrepreneurs.

Hi'ilei Aloha LLC, Honolulu, Hawaii

Provides capacity building services, including training, counseling and technical assistance to Native Hawaiian businesses, conducts 8 week entrepreneurship course for business start-up and growth for native entrepreneurs and provides assistance with branding, website design and marketing opportunities.

Indian Dispute Resolution Services, Inc. (IDRS, Inc.), Plymouth, California Indian Dispute Resolution Services, Inc. (IDRS, Inc.), Plymouth, California

IDRS, Inc. provides entrepreneurship training and technical assistance to tribal members throughout California, Nevada and Oregon to help them start and grow their small businesses.  Training workshops include business plan development, accounting and Quickbooks training, financial planning, negotiation and computer literacy.

Metropolitan Community Development Association/Minneapolis, Minnesota

Deliver innovative technical assistance to Native American-led small businesses and assist entrepreneurs succeed.  Topics include access to capital, access to markets and to build the portfolio of Native American-owned small businesses.

Native American Development Corporation (NADC) / North Billings, Montana

Prepares Native-owned small businesses for government contracting with SBA’s 8(a) procurement program, along with other programs. Promotes business relationships with private sector companies through matchmaking activities, conferences, and workshops.

Our Native American Business Network (ONABEN) / Portland, Oregon and Tulsa, Oklahoma

Building Native American microenterprise capacity throughout Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. Native entrepreneurs work together to grow in business.

Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma, Inc. (REI Oklahoma) / Durant, Oklahoma

Technical assistance to develop small businesses through customized training and webinar sessions. Learn about starting a business, understanding taxes, marketing, human resources, government contracting, and financial management.

Two Rivers Community Development Corporation/North Bend, Washington

Provide technical assistance that will be based on knowledge of the SBA 8(a) program and standard operating procedures of the SBA; also tribal sovereignty, tribal ordinances and knowledge of working in tribal communities.

Other federal programs

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs provides services to federally recognized tribes. You can take advantage of education, job training, and employment opportunities. These are delivered through contracts, grants, and compacts to approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

For more information, visit the following federal programs.

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Office of Tribal Relations (OTR)

U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency: Federal Agencies Native American Offices, Programs, and Resources

Additional Native American resources

SBA's Office of Native American Affairs has contracted with the following companies to offer Entrepreneurial Empowerment Workshops for Native American communities:

RedWind

Sister Sky, Inc.

Additional resources are available through the following organizations:

Native American Finance Officers Association

National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development

Native American Contractors Association

National Congress of American Indians

 

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