In state fiscal year 2016, eight organizations successfully applied to the Native American Business Advisor (NABA) Grant.The 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 focused on increasing the technical capacity of the NABA network through Submittable™ online application training webinars, commercial loan and Inclusive Entrepreneurship trainings, mentoring/networking opportunities with other small business advisors and organizations, and Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants membership.These trainings and opportunities were designed to develop the skill sets of Native-led organizations that in turn assist individuals in business start-up, marketing, utilization of business resources, and commercial loan application processes.Additionally, NABAs provide robust application assistance to the Indian Equity Fund Small Business Grant applicants and work closely with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network with clients where appropriate.A total of $15,000/fiscal year was designated to fund eight NABA applications in each tribal nation area for a total of $30,000 over a two year period.
See the Map tab for contact information for each organization
For more specific information regarding the Native American Business Advisors, see the Indian Country Economic Development (ICED) Program Guidelines.
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