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New Online Learning Center for Native Entrepreneurs
Lakota 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 here to get started.

Online Courses for Starting Your Business
Several free online courses are offered by the Small Business Administration to help prospective and existing entrepreneurs understand the basics about writing a business plan. These self-paced courses are easy to use and understand. Access free online courses.

Government Contracting Classroom
Government contracts can offer significant opportunities for small businesses, but selling to the government requires a very different approach than selling to the commercial sector. The Small Business Administration has created a series of free online contracting courses designed to help prospective and existing small businesses understand the basics about contracting with governmental agencies. View featured courses.

BusinessInsurance.com - An Informative Guide to Small Business
This is an excellent resource site for small businesses and provides information on management, legal resources, marketing, accounting, grant funding, and even youth business resources.

Money Smart - A Financial Education Program
Free Computer-Based Instruction (CBI) that is friendly and easy to use learning tool that teaches the 10 modules of the Money Smart curriculum through a computer. The CBI can complement formal classes or enable people to study independently at their own pace. Each module generally takes between 20-30 minutes to complete. Students receive ongoing feedback and, upon successful completion of each module, can print out a personalized certificate of completion. The CBI is available online or on CD-ROM.

Native American New Enterprise Program
Sign up for free access to a proven, web-based experiential entrepreneurial skills development program (value $975.00) with over 60 hours of learning content. Build your business plan and connect with business experts and a community of entrepreneurs who understand the realities of rural entrepreneurship.

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED)
Dedicated to developing American Indian economic self-sufficiency through business ownership.

Small Business Administration
Links to programs and services to help you start, grow, and succeed.

Sinte Gleska University
The two-year (associate degree) Business Education Program develops graduates with strong analytical skills who are adept business leaders and managers and who understand their roles and responsibilities to manage/lead programs that are innovative, responsive to community and that reflect Lakota values and culture.

Oglala Lakota College
The Business Department at Oglala Lakota College offers courses in business administration, economics, and accounting. A variety of Bachelor and Associate degrees can be obtained.

Sitting Bull College
Sitting Bull College Business Department provides opportunities for future managers and entrepreneurs of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. They offer degrees in business administration and management as well as certificates in entrepreneurship and Native community development.

Sisseton Wahpeton College
Sisseton Wahpeton College provides higher education, research, vocational and technical education and continuing education to the members of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation and others within the historical lands of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. The following associate degrees are offered: Business Administration, Accounting Technician, and Business Specialist.