November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the diverse culture, traditions and to acknowledge the many important contributions of Native people. Many do not realize the unique challenges that Native people have faced not only historically but now in the present day.
The SBA has funded a series of Native American Entrepreneurial Empowerment Workshops that provide aspiring Native American entrepreneurs with the knowledge and tools needed to successfully start small businesses, and support the growth of existing Native American-owned enterprises. They also fund free tailored technical assistance through Native American Tribal Enterprises to help Native American communities across the country address their economic and business development needs.
According to the 2017 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, “Native American/ Alaska Natives owned 1.4% of all women-owned businesses, employing 61,300 workers and generating $11 billion in revenue.” Many of these business leaders have applied their cultural perspectives to build and grow successful businesses. Check out some of these women to see what they are doing?
Odyssey Media created the Keys to Success Community to support multicultural women-owned businesses. This community was designed to provide networking opportunities, resources, access to capital and to address the fact that as women start and run their own businesses they also still run households. It’s also important to understand that many of the Native women business owners carry the additional pressure of being the primary breadwinner.