?A Pecya (Hello Everyone) and welcome! Sister Sky Inc. is thrilled to announce the launch of the Native Business Center website, Indian Country’s premier hub for all native business news! The Native Business Center is passionate about linking native-owned small business with training, technical assistance, up-to-date small business information and resources specifically for Native American business owners.
Up-to-date information regarding current business trainings for you to grow and thrive. Our team will help you register for free virtual small business trainings such as Sister Sky Inc.’s Native SBA Empowerment Workshops.
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Thursday, June 1, 2023
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Thursday, June 1, 2023
Funding & Resources
We provide direct links to funding and other resources for your small business. Information about small business financial guidance and support is just a click away!
Here you can find grants that are accepting applications right now for businesses in Washington state. Take a look and see if your business is eligible for any of these grants.
If you’re looking for loans to fund your business, this page has a list of low interest and high interest loans that you can apply for. Some loans only apply to certain businesses or counties.
Native Business Spotlight
This fun section is dedicated to shining a light on Native entrepreneurs doing amazing things.
Brave is a company that is focused on products that we use everyday, but plastic free. Whether it be body soaps, lotions, or dish soap, owner Nicole Braswell says we need to go back to basics and learn more about what the use of single-use plastics is doing to the Earth and future generations. She…Read More
MIDÉ Integrative Therapies
Heather Hart is a licensed therapist who brings a presence of warm compassion, curiosity, authenticity, humor, patience, respect, honesty, and safety to her work. While her Master’s Degree is in Social Work, Heather has worked alongside diverse populations which encouraged her to get a more in-depth understanding of diversity training. From there, she pursued a…Read More
In many Native American traditions, those who reported news were called Camp Criers. Camp Criers would walk, run or ride from person to person or home to home until everyone was informed.
Indigenous Eats to open second location in May
SPOKANE, WA – Indigenous Eats, a popular Native American restaurant, is thrilled to announce the opening of its second location in downtown Spokane, WA. The new restaurant, located at 808 W. Main Ave, Suite FC-5 (within River Park Square mall) will officially open its doors to the public mid-May 2023. Indigenous Eats has become a…Read More
Native CDFIs get $47M in historic $1.7B U.S. Treasury award
On Sunday, Tribal Business News reported that 29 Native Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) are getting a $47 million injection in funds to help Indian Country overcome persistent economic challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. The awards are part of a $1.73 billion dispersal from the U.S. Department of the Treasury CDFI Fund to 603 CDFIS…Read More
FTC Issues Report to Congress on American Indian and Alaska Native Consumer Issues
Report outlines FTC enforcement, outreach and education efforts to identify and fight scams affecting AI/AN populations The Federal Trade Commission sent a new report to Congress detailing the consumer issues that affect American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations, as well as the FTC’s enforcement, outreach and education work on these issues. The report summarizes the agency’s…Read More
Senate looks to update protections in Indian Arts and Crafts Act
WASHINGTON — The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs last week released a draft of proposed legislation that would strengthen enforcement of laws against counterfeit Native art. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) announced the Indian Affairs committee is seeking public comment on the proposed Amendments to Respect Traditional Indigenous Skill and Talent (ARTIST) Act of 2023.…Read More
REPORT: Character may be more important than credit scores when it comes to Native business lending
When it comes to business lending in Indian Country, character may count more than credit scores. That’s according to a report from the Minneapolis-based Center for Indian Country Development, which reveals that character-based risk assessment may be a more accurate predictor than credit profile and income when it comes to business lending by Native Community Development Financial…Read More