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Indigenous Entrepreneurs

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WASHINGTON — Proposed federal legislation in the U.S. House aims to give Native American-owned small businesses a stronger voice within the Small Business Administration. 

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Native American entrepreneurs in Illinois have an opportunity to share in the state’s small business COVID-19 relief initiative that aims to pump $250 million into companies that have not qualified for previous state or federal assistance programs. 

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After losing a family member to alcohol and opioids, Jody Colbert knows all too well where addiction can take people. 

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A pair of Native-led nonprofits will receive $10 million in funding to fuel a coalition aimed at supporting Native women entrepreneurs.

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Backed by a new philanthropic donation, four Native-focused nonprofits in the Southwest are exploring better ways to collaborate and share resources rather than compete against one another for the same pot of funding. 

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TUBA CITY, Ariz. — Native American business incubator Change Labs has reached a new milestone in securing land for its headquarters following four years of searching. 

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Chad Collier has always had a passion for selling cars and a similar zeal for new technology surrounding the industry. 

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Backed by a new round of federal funding, New Mexico Community Capital plans to expand a program that helps Native-owned businesses find new markets and grow as they continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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JACKSON, Miss. — Tribal Solutions Medical LLC began as an attempt to combat a glut of offshore-made personal protective equipment flowing into Indian Country in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NEWBERRY, Mich. — Gina Harman landed in web design in a nontraditional way: She needed a website for her and her husband’s artwork, so she made one herself in 1999.