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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 foundation of this project.

While working with targeted community partners in Hawaii, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Oklahoma, we increased access to small business development training, customized assistance, and capital for Native entrepreneurs while building and strengthening the local private sector economy.

Over three years, ONABEN helped create jobs 141 jobs.

Our tailored training plans for this initiative included:

  • Indianpreneurship® trainer certification classes
  • Individualized business development training and assistance to entrepreneurs within local partner communities
  • Customized organizational development and capacity building services to targeted community partners

ONABEN finds intrinsic value in targeting our activities in specific Native communities to maximize our community impact. Through this strategy, we are dedicating resources to help build community organizations that support and promote local economic development.

Michael Bridges

Michael Bridges

Michael is a proud U.S. Army Veteran and a member of the Cherokee Nation. With 10 years of service as an Infantryman, Michael implements the core values of integrity, honor, and selfless service into his leadership of the company. With over 20 years of experience, Michael began working with building websites and graphic design in 1998. A family-oriented man, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife Kristina and their three children. He is a proud and active member of Jenks Lodge #497 A.F. & A.M. and an advisor for the Order of DeMolay.