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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EMPOWERING ENTREPRENEURS & GRASSROOTS CAPACITY BUILDING DEVELOPMENT

Through our Empowering Entrepreneurs & Grassroots Capacity Building Development project, ONABEN worked with Native communities throughout the country, to implement sustainable economic development strategies. By providing a variety of entrepreneurial trainings and customized assistance we focused on economic growth, employment opportunities, and business creation. Our signature approach of creating effective synergies between training, technical assistance, and capacity building was the …

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Spring Change, Bridge to Success and The Marketing Mix

Hello, friends and colleagues! It’s hard to believe that we are already in the third month of 2016! Team ONABEN has been incredibly busy! But, alas I found some time to catch you up on our progress and projects! In February our team traveled to El Paso, Texas, where we kicked off our Bridge to Success (B2S) Program. B2S, as …

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A Busy New Year for Team ONABEN

Hello, friends! The first month of 2016 is nearing an end — how time flies when you’re having fun and doing what you love! It’s been a busy New Year for Team ONABEN, and I don’t foresee our team slowing down anytime soon – we’re refreshed and ready to go! Already in 2016, ONABEN is on the move. In early …

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Summer Update, July 2015

Hello, friends! It has been a while. But, that does not mean that ONABEN has not been busy! Our team has embarked upon some major grant writing. I wish I could say that the process is complete. But, anyone involved in the world of non-profits understands that in many ways fundraising is an on-going activity. And, that’s okay! Raising dollars …

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Trading at the River 2015

Hello Friends of ONABEN, Whew! It’s been a busy week. This little lady is tired! Our team just finished up our 13th Annual Trading at the River Conference and Marketplace. With every event, something new is learned and our team grows. This year’s event was a bit different…it was in Oklahoma…outside of the Pacific Northwest for the first time ever. …

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Entrepreneurial Exchange Program. NAFOA & OWEESTA

Hello Friends! It’s been a while, so we have a lot to catch up on! Very recently, ONABEN spent some time in Moloka’i in coordination with our ANA grant. This trip was a special… but then again, aren’t they all? So, maybe I shall say this trip was extra special, as a group of Oklahoma entrepreneurs made the journey with …

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Native Marketplace, July in Asheville!

Hello Friends! Wow, what a week it has been! Team ONABEN presented three youth art camps to three different schools in Oklahoma in coordination with our contract with the Mvskoke Loan Fund, a CDFI affiliated with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. I love working with youth! Have I ever mentioned that? If not, well I do. Youth projects are probably at …

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