|For Immediate Release:
December 3, 2013
Heather Rademacher Taylor
ONABEN & REDWIND GROUP WILL CONTINUE DELIVERING?ENTREPRENEURIAL?TRA
PORTLAND, OR – ONABEN – Our Native American Business Network and RedWind Group continue their partnership and renew their contract with the SBA Office of Native American Affairs to deliver Native American business development workshops over the next year to aspiring and emerging Native entrepreneurs in communities throughout Indian Country.
Promoting and fostering entrepreneurship in Native communities, the two-day training events will provide aspiring Native entrepreneurs with the knowledge and resources necessary to successfully launch their business ideas as well as support emerging Native owned businesses with the tools to grow and excel in the business community.
According to Veronica Hix, Executive Director for ONABEN, the trainings serve as a benefit and fundamental opportunity to Native entrepreneurs and organizations that serve them.
“The continued collaboration between ONABEN, Redwind and the SBA Office of Native American Affairs is a huge opportunity for Indian Country. Together we will deliver trainings at 15 sites in Native communities across the United States,” said Hix. “We will continue focusing on areas important to business growth and development such as, marketing, government contracting and certification programs to name a few.”
This initiative is currently conducting a needs assessment to determine the areas of information that should be included in the two-day trainings and to establish the geographic locations of each site. The assessment will also be used to establish partners local to each learning event. According, to Mr. Kyle Smith, founder of RedWind, “Native American Entrepreneurs face unique challenges, but have a great potential to drive economic development in Native communities.”
“If entrepreneurs or small businesses in your area are in need of technical assistance, I urge you to complete the needs assessment. This is a great way to create partnerships in your area and provide business development information to your local community,” adds Hix. “We are interested in partnering with Native CDFIs, Tribal governments, Tribal Colleges, Indian Chambers, a number of organizations and programs to connect with Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians in business or those interested in pursuing small business.”
Needs Assessment Survey
As leaders of your organization, ONABEN and RedWind are requesting your feedback in conjunction with our planning efforts. We are providing a “Needs Assessment Survey” in order to collect feedback from Native American organizations that may need assistance in their entrepreneurial training efforts.? We are trying to better understand the key training topics that make a difference in building successful and sustainable businesses.
Please provide your honest and accurate feedback. Your individual response will be held confidential and will only be seen by an analyst who works for the RedWind
Group.? Our team assures you that your response will be held in trust. We will produce reports on the collective feedback and provide them to survey participants as requested. It should take less than ten minutes to complete this survey.? Please respond to the survey by the end of the day on December 20, 2013.
Your input is valuable to Indian Country.? Thanks for your help!!!
RedWind Group, Inc is a Native operated technical assistance firm that helps transform and build strong tribal nations, enterprises and organizations. RedWind provides the experience and practical tools to help organizations meet the challenges facing tribal communities today. www.redwindgroup.com
ONABEN is a 501(c)(3) corporation headquartered in Portland, Oregon.??ONABEN provides curriculum, training and organizational consulting focused on developing entrepreneurship in Native communities.?ONABEN serves Native business development organizations and entrepreneurs nationally through its Indianpreneurship? curriculum.??The group is driven by its mission to strengthen Indigenous communities and individuals by increasing opportunities for economic growth through culturally innovative business solutions.
For more information about ONABEN, please visit?www.ONABEN.org.