What We Do

Peer MentorinG & Entrepreneurial Exchange

ONABEN's project, Bridge to Success – Peer Mentoring & Entrepreneurial Exchange Program, focuses on building Native American microenterprise capacity throughout the states of Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. Targeted Native entrepreneurs will work together to grow in business, explore the importance of social entrepreneurship to building a stronger Native economy and overcome the challenges of small business through peer coaching/mentoring and entrepreneurial exchanges.

Assistance encompasses a wide spectrum of business disciplines such as marketing, strategic and operational planning, financial analysis, opportunity development and capture, contract management, and compliance. This program was designed for Native-owned growth oriented small businesses interested in expanding their products and services, and securing government contracts. Program participants will learn strategies to increase sales, expand into new markets and create jobs.

Current and former program participants include:


Leche Lounge -Leche Lounge manufactures lactation suites that are portable units and can be placed temporarily or permanently on site for pumping and nursing mothers.

The C3 Group - The C3 Group is a graphic design and advertising agency.

Cornsilk Company - The Corn Silk Company provides information technology and business support services.

Cherokee Data Solutions - Cherokee Data Solutions sells office supplies and technology products.

Seminole Vineyards & Winery - Seminole Nation Winery and Vineyards is a tribal vineyard and winery.

Holt Enterprises - Holt Enterprises provides training materials and products for electrical industry professionals.

Arizona/New Mexico

ETD Inc. -ETD Inc. is an environmental planning consulting firm.

Poston & Associates - Poston and associates is a full service communications firm.

The Sparrow Group - The Sparrow Group, Inc. is an SBA 8(a) Certified licensed building contractor and construction services company.

Tiis Yah To Inc. - Tis Yah To Inc. provides environmental support services to other firms.

Harris Technology Services Inc - Harris Technology Services Inc. delivers solutions for voice, video and data networking.

SB Mobile Installations LLC


LMJ Construction Company LLC - LMJ Construction Company offers earthwork, excavation and land development construction services.

Tigua Inc.- Tigua Inc. is a business holding company established to grow business enterprises and foster new economic development opportunities for the people of the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo.

A Bright Light in Tax & Bookkeeping - A Bright Light In Tax & Bookkeeping offers small business tax support.

Tigua Indian Culture Center - Tigua Indian Cultural Center is a museum, gift shop and meeting center.


TRAINING Dates and Locations (email selena@onaben.org for training agenda and registration)

November 14-15, 2016   -   Santa Fe, New Mexico

March 8-9, 2017              -   Tigua Business Center, El Paso, Texas

May 31 - June 1, 2017      -   36 Degrees North, Tulsa, Oklahoma

September 13-14, 2017   -   Location TBD


WEBCAST TRAINING Dates (email april@onaben.org for webcast details and registration)

February 16, 2017

April 20, 2017

July 20, 2017



TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE is FREE for Bridge to Success participants!

What is technical assistance and how does it work?

Technical assistance is offered as a follow-up to the training Bridge to Success participants receive during the project year. These services can include coaching and counseling and focuses on growing these Native businesses' capacity to expand their products, services and secure government contracts.

Who can receive these services?

Bridge to Success participants, who have successfully completed the program, are eligible to receive these free services as an extension of the program.

What kind of services can program participants receive?

The following are examples of types of technical assistance program participants can receive:

  • Review/update your marketing and communications plan
  • Analysis of contract opportunities and proposals
  • Develop/update your operational/strategic plan
  • Develop/review project management plan
  • Analysis of financials
  • Assistance with small business certifications
  • Develop/update your collateral materials ... and more!

How can program participants access these services?

It's easy! Simply give us a call at 503.968.1500 OR send an email to program coordinator, William Lowe, at will@onaben.org to schedule your session.





Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration

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