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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 $15,000 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) 265-5602
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 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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