Happy Holidays

I hope this newsletter finds you well, with a heart full of love, and endless opportunities for business and personal growth! Our team, like most of you, is busy with family and work! There was a time when the latter months of the year were a slower time for ONABEN. As our organization has grown, that is no longer the case! …

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Real Change | Burns Paiute Tribe

The Burns Paiute Tribe (BPT) is Oregon’s smallest, most isolated Tribe. The Tribal reservation area is defined by small, rural communities isolated from urban amenities. Approximately 150 tribal members live on the reservation itself, with another two to three hundred living in the adjacent town of Burns (pop. 2,800). However, the Tribe has implemented numerous programs and projects to enhance …

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Amanda Looney Success Story

Amanda Looney is the wife of an air force veteran, mother of two, and the owner of “Let’s Get Personal,” a home-based business that offers customers unique, and often customized designs via t-shirts, tumblers, face masks, blankets, and key chains to name a few. Amanda started her business without considering the importance of planning and utilizing important business tools. Two …

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Damon’s Success Story

Damon Davidson graduated from Sequoyah High School where he began his fitness training through competitive sports.  He quickly realized that not only were there physical health benefits, there were also mental and emotional benefits as well, and he wanted to share these with other people.  After relocating to Durango, Colorado to attend Fort Lewis College, he gained his Personal Trainer …

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Laura’s Success Story

Laura Corn, a Cherokee Nation Citizen has dreamed of opening a bakery for many years.  During the Covid pandemic she took the opportunity to leave her corporate job and pursue her goals of small business ownership.  Laura’s cakes and cookies have long been the talk of her friends and family and it was time to branch out.  Laura turned to …

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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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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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