About Us

Our History

Established in 1991, ONABEN has provided entrepreneurial development services, financial capabilities training, and organizational capacity building to Native American communities, from coast to coast. ONABEN is regarded as a leader in curriculum development and an innovator in program design.


ONABEN is driven by its mission to advance the economic development of Native peoples and all communities of color by the establishment of culturally relevant products and services designed to encourage the growth of individual and community wealth building, through the creation of aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses; financial empowerment initiatives; organizational development and community asset building.


ONABEN is guided by a vision of a diverse, inclusive world, in which Indigenous peoples and communities of color are empowered to achieve one’s fullest potential, have access to resources that create opportunities for all, and are financially healthy… now, and for future generations.

Diversity and Inclusion Policy Statement:

Team ONABEN pledges ourselves to creating and maintaining an environment that respects diverse traditions, heritages, and experiences.


  • 2019 Spirit of Portland Award

  • 2018 Making a Difference in the Lives of Women and Girls-Oklahoma Journal Record

  • 2017 Woman on the Move-Associated Black Charities

  • 2014 Education Program of the Year-Native American Finance Officers Association

  • 2013 Honoring Nations All Star Honorable Mention-Harvard Project

  • 2005 Honoring Nations Award- Harvard Project