Tribal organizations to provide resources to Native entrepreneurs

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency recently awarded $3.9 million in federal funding to 13 grant recipients to establish MBDA American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian (AIANNH) projects.


To support Tribal and native business growth, the AIANNH Projects aim to address one or more of three strategic initiatives: innovation and entrepreneurship (e.g., business trainings, incubators, coaching); strategic planning (e.g., entrepreneurial and economic development); and/or transformative projects (e.g., infrastructure focused public-private partnerships, and broadband).


“Minority business enterprises in Tribal communities are a critical component of the U.S. economy,” said MBDA Acting National Director Miguel Estién. “These programs are investments in community institutions and organizations that will provide Native entrepreneurs with the assistance they need to be competitive and grow their businesses.”


The MBDA AIANNH Projects are two-year grants, with each recipient receiving $300,000 per year. Recipients include:

  • Alaska: Cook Inlet Tribal Council Inc.
  • Arizona: Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Arizona: National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development
  • California: Asian Inc.
  • Montana: Native American Development Corporation
  • Montana: Salish Kootenai College
  • Oklahoma: Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma Inc.
  • Oklahoma: Oregon Native American Business Entrepreneurial Network
  • Oregon: Oregon Native American Chamber
  • New Mexico: Southwest Business Development Consultants LLC
  • New Mexico: Regents of New Mexico State University
  • Michigan: Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Washington: South Puget Intertribal Planning


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U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency MBDA American Indian Alaska Native Native Hawaiian AIANNH Miguel Estién Cook Inlet Tribal Council Inc Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Center for American Indian Enterprise Deve

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