?A Pecya (Hello Everyone) and welcome! Sister Sky Inc. is thrilled to announce the launch of the Native Business Center website, Indian Country’s premier hub for all native business news! The Native Business Center is passionate about linking native-owned small business with training, technical assistance, up-to-date small business information and resources specifically for Native American business owners.
Up-to-date information regarding current business trainings for you to grow and thrive. Our team will help you register for free virtual small business trainings such as Sister Sky Inc.’s Native SBA Empowerment Workshops.
A Guide to Website Development Part 2
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
#nativeSBA Empowerment Workshops – March 2023 – 2 days – In-person
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Funding & Resources
We provide direct links to funding and other resources for your small business. Information about small business financial guidance and support is just a click away!
Here you can find grants that are accepting applications right now for businesses in Washington state. Take a look and see if your business is eligible for any of these grants.
If you’re looking for loans to fund your business, this page has a list of low interest and high interest loans that you can apply for. Some loans only apply to certain businesses or counties.
Native Business Spotlight
This fun section is dedicated to shining a light on Native entrepreneurs doing amazing things.
Hackers, scammers and online threats are everywhere, and for Hozho Cybersecurity their mission is to help underserved organizations prepare for, respond to, and avoid disruptions resulting from cyber events. Founder and president RJ Huskey, who began his career in the IBM Corporation, has over 15 years of progressive experience in data privacy, international trade compliance,…Read More
Jetstream Hood Cleaning and More
Jetstream Hood Cleaning and More is a pressure washing contractor operating out of Kennewick, Washington that offers a variety of residential and commercial cleaning services including siding, roof, boat, RV and more! Zach Cosner’s company is dedicated to delivering professional cleaning and friendly customer care for an exceptional customer experience. They offer pressure and soft…Read More
In many Native American traditions, those who reported news were called Camp Criers. Camp Criers would walk, run or ride from person to person or home to home until everyone was informed.
FTC Issues Report to Congress on American Indian and Alaska Native Consumer Issues
Report outlines FTC enforcement, outreach and education efforts to identify and fight scams affecting AI/AN populations The Federal Trade Commission sent a new report to Congress detailing the consumer issues that affect American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations, as well as the FTC’s enforcement, outreach and education work on these issues. The report summarizes the agency’s…Read More
Senate looks to update protections in Indian Arts and Crafts Act
WASHINGTON — The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs last week released a draft of proposed legislation that would strengthen enforcement of laws against counterfeit Native art. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) announced the Indian Affairs committee is seeking public comment on the proposed Amendments to Respect Traditional Indigenous Skill and Talent (ARTIST) Act of 2023.…Read More
REPORT: Character may be more important than credit scores when it comes to Native business lending
When it comes to business lending in Indian Country, character may count more than credit scores. That’s according to a report from the Minneapolis-based Center for Indian Country Development, which reveals that character-based risk assessment may be a more accurate predictor than credit profile and income when it comes to business lending by Native Community Development Financial…Read More
Kendrick Stewart named interim director of Washington State Department of Commerce
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Kendrick Stewart interim director of the Washington State Department of Commerce effective March 4, when Lisa Brown steps down from the post she held the last four years. Stewart currently serves as deputy director of the agency’s Organizational Health, Equity and Performance Division. “Kendrick is an effective,…Read More
Next week, celebrate National Entrepreneurship Week with a Native Entrepreneur Success Journey
Next week is National Entrepreneurship Week, a congressionally chartered week dedicated to empowering entrepreneurship across the United States, and the IDRS Acorn Project wants to celebrate and encourage entrepreneurship in Indian Country. On Friday, February 17th at 11am (PT), they’ll finish off the week with an interview of a successful floral entrepreneur in Oklahoma. Whitney…Read More