ONABEN CEO Chosen as United State of Women Ambassador

Veronica Hix Chosen as United State of Women Ambassador ONABEN is pleased to announce that our Executive Director, Veronica Hix, was chosen as part of the United State of Women’s second class of Ambassadors, a program designed to train and equip women to take action for gender equity in their communities. Hix was one of eighty women spanning forty states …

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Happy New Year!

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  • January 8, 2021

Happy New Year, ONABEN Friends and Partners. I hope this newsletter finds each of you enjoying time with family and reflecting upon the many blessings that encompass our lives, regardless of the struggles plagued by 2020. We are close to the finish line. I know we can overcome it. I know that we can excel. As this year comes to an end, …

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A Day in the Life of ONABEN

It’s a Monday, Friends, in so many ways! Life as ONABENs CEO is exciting, but crazy busy! There are many projects that our team is tasked to launch! And, our team, awe, yes, you might have noticed that there are some new faces at ONABEN. Let me tell you, the ladies are rockstars! They are seriously kicking butt and taking …

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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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Transitions and New Happenings

Hello, ONABEN friends. It’s been a while! As you may have realized, or became aware, ONABENs previous website had a few glitches on the backside that would not allow our team to update content! Hopefully, you have followed us on FaceBook and are up-to-date on what’s been going on in our world! So much has changed since my last post. …

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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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