Native American grants for small Business

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From:
Jillian Burton
Location:
Dillingham, Alaska

Hi everyone. Welcome to the SBA's Opportunities for Native American WebChat. I am Chris James, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Native American Affairs. We are ready for your questions.

From:
Jillian Burton
Location:
Dillingham, Alaska
Question:
1. Are there any grants that do not have to be paid back, for Native Americans to start a small business? 2. Would the SBA be able and willing to travel to
Reply:
Great question. SBA does not offer grants to small business owners. Instead, we do have specific loan programs including our 7(a) Loan Program. For more information visit SBA.gov.
From:
Beverly Brien
Location:
Tacoma, Washington
Question:
As a MWBE, DBE certified and a Native Women owned business the creteria for funding is extremely difficult. I strategically located my offices on the reservation in an Incubator, however due to the funding creteria from many of the financial lenders it is impossible to see my business grow. I am a single woman with no collateral with a minimial amount of debt with a highly developed business plan and marketing plan. My mission and vision is to create other opportunities for natives business by Teaming and mentoring, however in order for the Company to grow and prosper the Company needs funding and without collateral I can't seem to move forward. What is available to Native owned business that may be in same delimna as I am?
Reply:
Hi Beverly - You may want to look in to SBA's 7(a) or Microloan programs. There may be a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in your area that could offer these services with flexible collateral requirements. The Washington State District office may be another resource for you.
From:
Gail DuPuis-Cheatham
Location:
Topeka, Kansas - KS
Question:
Do you offer training for small business? Where? Do you travel?
Reply:
Hi Gail – SBA offers counseling through our various resource partners including Women Business Centers, Small Business Development Centers, and SCORE counselors. At SBA.gov, you can access SBA direct. SBA direct is a tool to help you access your local resources via your zip code. That’s at SBA.gov/direct. And yes, I do travel; In fact I will be joining SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns for an event in Tahlequah Oklahoma on 11/29. Our focus is Native American Young Entrepreneurs. You can get more information at SBA.gov/young.
From:
Nicole Bowman
Location:
Shawano, WI
Question:
My 8a is coming to an end in 2012. What are other options I have? Is there a way to
Reply:
Hi Nicole – While your 8(a) certification is only for 9 years you may still use your status as a small business as a marketing tool . After expiration of your 8(a) program term you will still be reflected in the small business dynamic search engine for 2 years as a small business.
From:
Eleanor Lefthand Bianchi
Location:
Phoenix, Oregon
Question:
What agency can certify a business as an 8(a) company? How does the 8(a) certification help a small Native American business? Is the 8(a) program limited to a certain type of a small business? Can a retail Native owned business be certified?
Reply:
Eleanor, thanks for the question. SBA is the only federal agency that certifies a business as 8(a); however, there are other federal, state and local agencies that have small business programs. The 8(a) program provides managerial and technical business development assistance. Some of which is achieved through access to government contracts. If your retail business does not add material value to the products or services you offer the 8(a) program may not be the best option.

2005-02-18 22:14:04 by peacewar

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2005-02-18 22:13:33 by peacewar

2

Interior Department
BLM Jobs-in-the-Woods Program
LWCF State Recreation Grants (NPS)
National Park Service Statutory Aid
Rural Fire Assistance (BLM, NPS, FWS, BIA)
_Justice Department
Byrne Discretionary Grants
Byrne Justice Assistance Grants
COPS Hiring Grants
COPS Interoperable Communications Technology Grants
COPS Law Enforcement Technology Grants
Juvenile Accountability Block Grants
National Drug Intelligence Center
Other State/Local Law Enforcement Assistance Program Terminations
State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP)
_Labor Department
Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker Training Program
Reintegration of Youthful Offenders
_Transportation Department
National Defense Tank Vessel...

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