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15 Native American Business Owners Continue Participation in Peer Mentoring Program

ONABEN announced that we will continue our Bridge to Success peer mentoring and entrepreneurial exchange program for a third year, in which 15 Native American business owners from Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma will receive assistance in the areas of marketing, growth strategies, and federal contracting.  The continued facilitation of the program has been made possible by a $116,000 Native American Micro Enterprise Business Services grant award provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Native American Affairs.

 “We are thankful for the continued support from the SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs, and are excited to see what will be accomplished among our 15 program participants," said Veronica Hix, Executive Director of ONABEN. "Our team is invested in this program and value the dedication these business owners demonstrate as they embark upon a learning journey with ONABEN.”

ONABEN’s award was one of seven totaling $700,000 that the SBA awarded with the intent of creating access to training and assistance for socially and economically disadvantaged business owners. The grants were awarded to unique and innovative projects designed to promote the development, success, and long-term survival of Native American firms.

 “Our Bridge to Success program creates a dynamic environment where participants grow from each other. It is truly inspirational,” says Hix.

Over the coming year, ONABEN will facilitate peer learning activities and deliver a series of classroom style trainings to the participating business owners. In addition, participants will also go through a rigorous assessment process to identify areas for growth and receive customized assistance from industry experts.

 “We know that running a business is more than a full-time job, so the Bridge to Success program creates a reprieve where business owners can focus on big picture strategies. It is an amazing opportunity with amazing results,” says Hix.

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