The Native American Business Advisors (NABAs) Grant is a fund to support the activities of Native American community-based organizations, tribal colleges, and tribal government organizations that support private sector business development on reservations and in tribal communities. These entities offer business counseling and credit counseling, and application support to Native American businesses in Montana. The NABAs are a key community asset necessary in the development and success of Native American businesses. To develop this asset, the Program is focused on increasing the technical capacity of the NABA network such as assisting individuals in business start-up, marketing, utilization of business resources, and commercial loan application assistance. Additionally, NABAs will also provide more robust application assistance to the Indian Equity Fund Small Business Grant applicants. A total of $15,000 per year is available to fund up to eight NABA applications in each of tribal nation areas.
Current NABA organizations:
Native American Community Development Corporation Financial Services, Inc.
Matt Harrington email or Angie Main email
Bear Paw Development Corporation Small Business Development Center
Joe LaPlante email
CONFEDERATED SALISH & KOOTENAI
Sovereign Leasing And Financing
Steve Clairmont email
Plenty Doors Community Development Corporation
Charlene Johnson email
Tribal Credit Program
Loretta Bell email
Great Northern Development Corporation
Mark Sansaver email
Native American Development Corporation
Tim Guardipee email
People’s Partner For Community Development
(406) 477-6215 x174
Sharon Small email
How a NABA organization can help your business:
- Business Counseling Services
NABAs can assist individuals in
creating, writing, and implementing a business plan, establishing product or
service cost structures, assisting with market analysis and feasibility
resources, establishing realistic financial projections, or providing marketing
and sales instruction and information.
- Indian Equity Fund Small Business Grant Application Assistance
As part of their contract NABAs online platform to the Indian Equity Fund Small Business Grant program for fiscal year 2019 funding. The cycle of Indian Equity Fund Small Business Grant starts July 1, 2018 and runs through September 28, 2018.
- Commercial Loan Application Assistance
Where applicable NABAs can assist Native American
businesses with developing and submitting a commercial loan
application such as those submitted to a community bank, a community-based
lender, tribal loan program, or program such as USDA.
- Credit Counseling Services
Where applicable, some NABA organizations provide training, workshops, and financial products for individuals to strengthen their financial management skills such as developing and utilizing a budget, understanding and establishing creditworthiness and accessing credit.
- Referrals to Other Organizations
NABA organizations are Inclusive Entrepreneurship participants and have a wide network of partners to which they can refer a business for additional assistance. This includes the Montana Small Business Development Center Network that has 10 locations strategically placed across the state.
- Capacity Building Activities
Each NABA organizations has focused on individual trainings, workshops, classes, and professional development that are specific to the organization. Inquire with your local NABA for specialized trainings and opportunities exclusive to your area. Specialized areas of focus include:
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