Native Enterprise Program

This unique 9-week business development course led by Native entrepreneurs is designed to offer invaluable insights into the intricacies of launching and/or sustaining a business as a Native entrepreneur. Our program is composed of eight dynamic modules, each rooted in personal narratives and captivating stories told by successful Native business owners. The 9th week is for graduation, where you will provide a short presentation of your business!


At the completion of this course, you will have an Executive Summary, a sample budget, and your business pitch. Graduates of this Program will be equipped to develop their business plan and launch their business.

The Program

The NE Coalition Project is a full year of programming, offered in cohorts for group support and improved learning. It begins with the programs of our initial partners, and their suite of programs. These have been placed on a continuum of enterprise development, from initial exploration to preparing for startup funding.

The Platform

Entrepreneurs throughout the Pacific Northwest often struggle to find resources. It may be because they are in isolated communities, their needs are unique, and/or they are in a specialized industry and no resources are available where they live. The economy of this region cannot afford to lose business. That’s why we launched StartUp Northwest – this platform aims to address this problem by offering an online resource center for entrepreneurship.

The Opportunity

This initiative both enables people to invest in their own communities as well as seek capital from fellow Northwesterners – the communities where we live – putting the power of enterprise success back into the hands of those who would use and benefit by the business.

The Goal

Our goal is to collaborate with Tribal and Native leaders to create a comprehensive program designed to introduce, support, and help launch more Native enterprises, offering a more organized, resource-rich pathway to economic justice and independence for Native people.

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Student Academic Awards

Financial assistance to our American Indian and Alaskan Native students seekingto use their education as a means of service.

American Indian & Alaskan Native students face a unique set of challenges in gaining access to college education and are one of the most underrepresented groups both in college and in the degree-holding population. NNC is dedicated to improving Native American student access to higher education by reducing barriers and providing critical financial support.

All SA2 awards are based on need, community impact, and student success. NNC affirms the importance of legacy, and is committed to supporting our students through the life of their academic career.

Please Note:

For the 2023-2024 academic year, awards will range from $2,500 – $5,000, and will be determined by NNC’s Board of Directors. The number of awards vary each year, depending upon available funding. The 2023-2024 Student Academic Award (SA2) will be presented at NNC’s 18th Annual Gathering this fall. Award recipients must be able to attend NNC’s Annual Gathering to receive their scholarship award.

Requirements

Eligibility

Selection Criteria

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