ONABENs Bridge to Success 2.0 Funded by SBA

ONABEN is pleased to announce that the SBAs Office of Native American Affairs has provided $100,000 in grant funding to support ONABENs Bridge to Success 2.0. The grant dollars will enable ONABEN to provide training and technical assistance to a 15 member cohort, made up of Native American business owners from communities, throughout the United States. Cohort members will receive …

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ONABEN Receives MBDA Grant

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) recently awarded ONABEN a grant totalling almost $600,000, to support the growth of the Native American business community. ONABENs project: Growing Native Economies, is national in scope and multi-faceted. According to ONABENs CEO, Veronica Maturino, the grant will enable ONABEN to provide services to Native-owned companies in position to grow their capacity to provide …

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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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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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From the desk of ONABEN’s Executive Director, Veronica Hix

Greetings from Tulsa, Oklahoma! This is the first of a series of ongoing blog posts I will be making to our community. My hope is that this blog will bring our readers closer to ONABEN, and also begin a dialogue about how we can partner together to best positively impact economic development in Native America. I look forward to hearing …

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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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ONABEN’s Exciting Work with Cherokee Artists in North Carolina!

Wow, where to start! Yesterday was a flurry of activity for the ONABEN Team! We spent the day capturing video and images of the artists and partner organization that we work with in Cherokee, North Carolina. One word to describe the day? Hmmm, so hard, probably…INSPRING! I mentioned in our previous blog that time spent in Cherokee is comparable to …

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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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Authentically Cherokee Marketplace in Asheville, NC

Greetings ONABEN Friends! I am excited to report that our event in Asheville, North Carolina, was a huge success. I leave this place feeling excited and looking forward to the work ahead of Team ONABEN. I find today’s event almost indescribable. I tend to be a very positive person when I consider the work that we do, but I think …

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