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, New Mexico, and Arizona. 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 - design and manufacture of lactation suites that are portable units and can be placed temporarily or permanently on site for pumping and nursing mothers.

The C3 Group - graphic design and advertising agency.

Cornsilk Company - information technology and business support services.

Cherokee Data Solutions - office and technology products supplier.

Seminole Vineyards & Winery - tribal vineyard and winery.

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

Tulsa Helicopters - family-owned business offering day and evening tours as well as charter services.


Arizona/New Mexico

ETD Inc. - environmental planning consulting firm.

Poston & Associates - full service communications firm.

The Sparrow Group - an 8(a) certified licensed building contractor and construction services company.

Tiis Yah To Inc. - environmental support services company.

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



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

Tigua Inc. - 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 - small business accounting and tax support.

Tigua Indian Culture Center - museum, gift shop and meeting center for the people of Ysleta del Sur Pueblo.



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

November 6 - 8, 2017                                -   Washington DC

February 28 - March 1, 2018                   -   Tulsa, Oklahoma

April 19 -20, 2018                                      -   Phoenix, Arizona

June 5 - 6, 2018                                          -   Albuquerque, New Mexico


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

February 20, 2018

March 20, 2018

May 2018 - TBD

July 2018 - TBD

August 2018 - TBD



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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