ONABENs Bridge to Success 2.0 Funded by SBA

ONABEN is pleased to announce that the SBAs Office of Native American Affairs has provided $100,000 in grant funding to support ONABENs Bridge to Success 2.0. The grant dollars will enable ONABEN to provide training and technical assistance to a 15 member cohort, made up of Native American business owners from communities, throughout the United States. Cohort members will receive …

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ONABEN Receives MBDA Grant

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) recently awarded ONABEN a grant totalling almost $600,000, to support the growth of the Native American business community. ONABENs project: Growing Native Economies, is national in scope and multi-faceted. According to ONABENs CEO, Veronica Maturino, the grant will enable ONABEN to provide services to Native-owned companies in position to grow their capacity to provide …

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YOUTH EMPOWERMENT STRATEGIES (YES)

ONABEN’s Youth Empowerment Strategies Initiative assists in the development of young, Native leaders, and the creation of emerging, entrepreneurial communities, while also establishing the importance of innovation, critical thinking, and resilience. ONABEN is developing a comprehensive culturally appropriate entrepreneurial and finance learning platform targeting Native youth under the age of 18 in Native communities. We have been pilot testing our youth …

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REAL CHANGE

Through the years ONABEN has always been an active voice advocating for economic development for Indian Country. In 2016, we took that voice and narrowed its view to a specific focus on financial inclusion through participating in an initiative facilitated by Prosperity Now and funded by the Northwest Area Foundation. As a result of this initiative, we worked to develop …

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SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP INITIATIVE

In 2011 ONABEN embarked on a broad scope initiative with Northwest Area Foundation to challenge a cohort of nine nonprofits and community development financial institutions (CDFIs) working in Indian Country to search for impacts through the lens of social entrepreneurship. The project was structured in an efficient way to ensure that the time, effort, and expense of individual projects delivered …

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NATIVE WOMEN ARTIST ACCELERATORS

ONABEN’s accelerator programs provide culturally appropriate training and assistance to Native women artisans. Those services aim to accelerate the growth and success of Native-owned businesses. Through our accelerator initiatives, we help participants grow their audience and build their entrepreneurial skills. Specific accelerators so far have included the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs …

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EMPOWERING ENTREPRENEURS & GRASSROOTS CAPACITY BUILDING DEVELOPMENT

Through our Empowering Entrepreneurs & Grassroots Capacity Building Development project, ONABEN worked with Native communities throughout the country, to implement sustainable economic development strategies. By providing a variety of entrepreneurial trainings and customized assistance we focused on economic growth, employment opportunities, and business creation. Our signature approach of creating effective synergies between training, technical assistance, and capacity building was the …

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