HALES CORNERS, Wis. — The American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin has launched a search for its next executive director.
Since 1991, AICCW has worked to promote economic development in Wisconsin’s Indian Country through statewide advocacy. The organization also offers business management counseling and access to financial products and services for Wisconsin-based Native American entrepreneurs, business owners and tribal professionals.
As well, the Chamber collaborates with its sister organization, First American Capital Corporation Inc. (FACC), a certified Native community development financial institution and SBA intermediary lender.
Previous Executive Director Craig Anderson (Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux) held the position for 20 years until his death. During his leadership, Anderson advocated on behalf of Native-owned construction, trades and other businesses to increase access and competitiveness in the government contracting marketplace, addressed challenges to access to capital by forming FACC as a separate Native CDFI, and supported future Native business leaders by founding the AICCW Native College Student Scholarship Program.
In addition, the organization is a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) stakeholder representative on the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Trans-AC and sub-committees and the US 41 DBE Goal Setting Technical Analysis and voting member on the technical/business subcommittees.
Currently, AICCW is in the process of launching the Diverse Business Assistance Project, a new program to assist tribal enterprises and Native-owned businesses recover from the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The next executive director will act as the face of AICCW and make organizational decisions to operationalize the nonprofit’s mission while implementing policies and providing guidance on established by-laws, programs and procedures. In addition, the executive director will oversee staff and service providers, administration, and external vendors and report directly to the chairman and board of directors.
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