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The Indian Country Programs will begin accepting applications to the fiscal year 2020 Native American Business Advisor Grant program starting June 28, 2019.  Applications will be accepted through July 31, 2019.  Funding for the family of programs under the ICED funding (Tribal Business Planning Grant (TBPG), Indian Equity Fund (IEF) Small Business Grant, and the Native American Business Advisors (NABA) Grant) was passed by the 66th Montana State Legislature as part of House Bill 2 and signed into law by Governor Steve Bullock in May 2019.  These programs allow the Indian Country Programs to continue to articulate measurable success for investing in business and economic development activities on reservations in partnership with tribal governments for the benefit of tribal communities and members. 

PURPOSE: Provide funding to organizations and entities that support private sector business development on reservations and in tribal communities

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS:   The funds are available to Native American development organizations that have offered technical assistance services to pre-venture and established Native American businesses in Montana. Additionally, those organizations that have been awarded NABA grants in the past should either demonstrate a history of submitting timely reports and meeting required performance targets or should provide a detailed plan demonstrating a commitment to meeting reporting, capacity building, and performance targets.

GRANT AMOUNT: $20,000

REQUIRED ACTIVITIES (applicants must demonstrate within their applications how they will complete the following activity requirements):

  • BUSINESS COUNSELING SERVICES-assist applicants 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.  Note: NABAs should establish regular times to which they are available and can schedule business counseling and Indian Equity Fund Small Business application assistance.
  • INDIAN EQUITY FUND SMALL BUSINESS GRANT APPLICATION TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE - a minimum of six (6) Native American businesses must be assisted with developing and submitting a quality application through the online IEF application platform.
  • COMMERCIAL LOAN APPLICATION ASSISTANCE- assist Native American businesses (where applicable) 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.
  • ASSOCIATION OF ACCREDITED SMALL BUSINESS CONSULTANTS (AASBC) CERTIFICATION  participating organizations will need to have at least one staff test and become certified as an Accredited Small Business Consultant™.  Organizations new to the NABA network must budget for plan for at least one staff member to obtain this accreditation.
  • CAPACITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES- applicants are encouraged to utilize funding to increase their business assistance capacity through training, certifications, or additional business development activities the organization would like to provide.  Tribal tourism capacity building and Native American Made in Montana producer registration are priority areas of focus. 
    • George Washington University Cultural Heritage Tourism certification  (September 30- November 17, 2019) is a graduate level course available online for those organizations that would like to increase their organization's capacity to:
      • expand their organization’s understanding of trends in cultural heritage and native tourism, 
      • learn best options and approaches for managing tourism at the community level,
      • understand how to conduct a comprehensive tourism assessment and evaluate the potential of cultural heritage tourism for your community, or 
      • gain tools needed to introduce cultural heritage tourism to your community and to plans for its adoption and growth.
      • 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:
      • Other Tribal Tourism Resources and Development:
    • Native American Made in Montana producer enrollment- where requested, Department staff can assist with an enrollment workshop.
  • CREDIT COUNSELING SERVICES- provide training (where applicable) for individuals to strengthen their financial management skills such as developing and utilizing a budget, understanding and establishing creditworthiness and accessing credit.

INELIGIBLE USES OF GRANT FUNDS: The following activity will not be funded:

  • Reimbursement for activities completed prior to application.
  • Reimbursement for activities not related to capacity and business development assistance services, or
  • Duplicative reimbursement for activities receiving funding for the same services, equipment, or improvements through any other local, state, or federal grant or funding program, except as necessary to fully fund the project.

APPLICATION ASSISTANCE: Contact Phil Belangie at (406) 721-3663 or pbelangie@mt.gov for more information.

RECEIPT OF APPLICATION- Once submitted each application is assessed by the Program.  Applications that are incomplete or lack clarity can be re-opened for editing to the applicant but still must meet the application deadline.

Indian Country Economic Development (ICED) Program Guidelines: these guidelines contain specific details and criteria pertaining to the Indian Equity Fund Small Business, Tribal Business Planning, and Native American Business Advisor grants. 

 

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Native American Business Advisors (NABA)

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 $20,000 per year is available to fund up to eight NABA applications in each of tribal nation areas.

Current NABA organizations:

BLACKFEET
Native American Community Development Corporation Financial Services, Inc.
(406) 338-2992
Matt Harrington email or Angie Main email

CHIPPEWA CREE
Bear Paw Development Corporation 
Small Business Development Center
(406) 399-1557
Joe LaPlante email

CONFEDERATED SALISH & KOOTENAI
Sovereign Leasing And Financing
(406) 883-4317
Steve Clairmont email

CROW
Plenty Doors Community Development Corporation
(406) 670-8832 
Charlene Johnson email

FORT BELKNAP
Tribal Credit Program
(406) 353-8400
Loretta Bell email

FORT PECK
Great Northern Development Corporation
(406) 653-2590
Mark Sansaver email

LITTLE SHELL
Native American Development Corporation
(406) 259-3804
Tim Guardipee email

NORTHERN CHEYENNE
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 2020 funding.  The cycle of Indian Equity Fund Small Business Grant starts July 1, 2019 and runs through September 30, 2019.
  • 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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