Social Enterprise Café Builds Life Skills of Reservation Youth
To the residents of the Cheyenne River Reservation, the newly-opened Keya Café & Coffee Shop in Eagle Butte, South Dakota is a great place to pick up a cup of coffee and a pastry in the morning. But behind the scenes, this small business is working on a much broader scope by addressing such issues as the environment, job creation, diabetes, and youth life skills. Read the full story.
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New Online Learning Center for Native EntrepreneursLakota Funds has launched a pilot of the Building Native Industry Institute, an online learning center where entrepreneurs can improve their business skills at their own pace anywhere internet access is available. While more courses are under development, Lakota Funds welcomes you to get familiar with this educational tool by taking the Marketing Tips course. Click below to get started.
SDIBA Now Accepting Applications for the Native Entrepreneur Investment Fund!Native entrepreneurs looking to turn a business idea into reality are encouraged to apply for a loan through the South Dakota Indian Business Alliance's Native Entrepreneur Investment Fund. This new resource, launched with funding from the Citi Foundation and the South Dakota Community Foundation, provides loans up to $7,000 and other assistance from SDIBA's partners.
South Dakota Indian Business Alliance
Welcome to the South Dakota Indian Business Alliance (SDIBA) website. SDIBA is a group of community partners committed to growing Indian business in South Dakota. Our mission is to enhance Indian Business development by leveraging partnerships and resources of diverse institutions and organizations.
Informing Policy Favorable to Indian Business
SDIBA works closely with state government to advocate for Indian business. We are guided by our policy agenda, a set of policy recommendations that represent a collective voice of stakeholders and advocates of South Dakota’s Native entrepreneurship development movement. Our 2012 Policy Recommendations are a compilation of elicited a variety of responses from our constituents about successes and challenges in Native business development and action ideas to promote growth. Download our 2012 Policy Recommendations.
Conducting Research to Gain Valuable Economic Data
The South Dakota Indian Business Alliance commissioned an in-depth market analysis of South Dakota's nine Indian Reservations. This research reveals although the Reservations face grave economic conditions, there are opportunities for economic growth and entrepreneurial development.
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