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 … Read More
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. … Read More
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
Passion to Reflection to Success to Celebration..All in a Day’s Work….
Hello Friends! Are you as busy as me? I hope so! How I love the work we do. As usual, Team ONABEN is engaged in a flurry of activity. Where to begin? Where else but with entrepreneurial development, which you know is a big deal in ONABEN’s world. We constantly advocate for the establishment and growth of Native-owned businesses, so … Read More
“Aspire to Inspire: Arts…Culture… Entrepreneurship” is the theme for Trading at the River 2015
Hello, Friends! What’s new with ONABEN? On Monday, Selena and I will travel to beautiful, Santa Fe, New Mexico, for the Administration for Native American’s Grantee Meeting. We are always excited to network with our peers, many of whom are more like life-long friends than colleagues! And we are honored to have been asked to sit on two separate panels … Read More
Aloha, Friends! Team training in Moloka’i with OWEESTA.
Aloha, friends! This week the team and I provided a training in beautiful, Moloka’i, Hawaii. As I have often said, the people and the place are truly a wonderful experience. It is so very exciting to watch the entrepreneurs of this happy island grow their capacity as small business owners! We have made some life-long friends in this community, and … Read More
Happy New Year from ONABEN!
Happy New Year, Friends! ONABEN’s team is excited for the year ahead. We believe that 2015 is going to be a year of endless possibilities as we look forward to our work in Native communities throughout Indian Country! What’s new with ONABEN? Well, with a new year comes new ideas and opportunities. In the coming months, our staff will embark … Read More
ONABEN’s exciting work in North Dakota!
Hello, friends, colleagues and partners! I hope this email finds each of you enjoying the changing seasons. The weather is brisk in Oklahoma, and before long no green will be left on the trees. I wanted to provide a quick update on ONABEN’s work – I love the ability to share our adventures with you on our website through images, … Read More
The Latest from ONABEN, including a video highlighting our work in Moloka’i!
Hello, friends! As usual it is a busy time for ONABEN. This week our staff is attending the Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) Conference in Denver, CO. As a team, this time together is a great way to brainstorm about upcoming projects. And, as an organization in an ever-evolving industry, the time with our peers will be beneficial to the growth … Read More