Native Business Spotlight

This fun section is dedicated to shining a light on Native entrepreneurs doing amazing things!

Zacherle Glass

Owner of Zacherle Glass, Niki Zacherle, offers a host of beautiful handmade jewelry and hand-blown glass pretties. Her work can also be found in other local Indigenous-owned businesses such as @moderntipi and @wentachiwear.
Support your local, woman, indigenous-owned business!
Instagram: @zacherleglass

The BLVD Coffee Company

The Blvd Coffee Company is located in Spokane, WA. They serve up locally roasted coffee by your favorite baristas on Northwest Blvd. They also have some of the cutest merch on the Blvd!
Stop by and support your local woman, indigenous-owned business!
Instagram: @blvdcoffeecompany

Zephyr Lemonade

Zephyr Lemonade started in a 10×10 tent with a $2,000 loan from the owner Estabon’s, mother. His lemonade business now has two vending trailers and two branded vending tents.
Zephyr Lemonade is the only Native-owned business operating at The Gorge Amphitheatre and White River Amphitheatre. You will also see this crew at other large events!

Star Village Coffee

Star Village Coffee Roasters embodies a cultural ethos of indigenous entrepreneurship, which are self-determined, resurgent, and self-sustained.
Their approach to making coffee combines old wisdom with new insight, to create roast profiles that surprise at every turn. They’d like to imagine that their coffee inspiration exists in a creative space of compromise, where the desert alpine converges with the high sierra, to symbolize a historical resilience that pays homage to that which came before.

Wenatchi Wear

Wenatchi Wear clothing company was created by an Indigenous woman who is passionate about art, culture, nature and quality apparel. They believe in building a clothing brand that creates pride & community while focusing on amplifying local Native American tribes.
They specialize in apparel for men & women: t-shirts, tank tops, snapbacks, hoodies, stickers, and more.

Back In The Day Vintage

Back In The Day Vintage offers a wide range of vintage clothing.
Owner, June Reeves has secured a large collection of clothing and accessories you never thought you would see again.
Visit Back In The Day Vintage located inside Chosen Vintage, in beautiful downtown Spokane.

Inter-Tribal Beauty

Octavia Lewis brings over 4 years of experience helping you obtain an age-defying, skin-clearing ritual to regain your confidence.
Inter-Tribal Beauty was founded in 2017 in order to bridge the gap between the base (skin) and a flawless makeup application. Octavia focuses on progressive and corrective skincare for anyone who wants better skin.

Moses Meadows Equine Services

Carly brings 30 years of experience and professional training to meet your equine-related needs including safe, secure boarding, training, riding lessons, and more.
Her purpose is to provide you peace of mind for the safe transportation of your horse(s). Whether you need your horse moved to new ground across the county or you’re bringing your new baby home from across the country, Moses Meadows Equine Services has your back.

Modern Tipi

Modern Tipi features products handmade by Native American artists from the Pacific Northwest. The variety of Native Art in this beautiful downtown location is astonishing!
Visit Modern Tipi at the Saranac Commons in Downtown Spokane.

Trax Mobile Tire

Trax Mobile Tire offers mobile tire service and repair to Spokane and surrounding areas.
Gone are the days when you had to sit in the tire shop for hours and take time off work to get your tires serviced. This mobile tire service company will come to you, wherever you are!

Swan Innovations LP

Swan Innovations LP offers unique and transformational experiences for Indigenous communities and those who serve them. They provide innovative training and creative health and wellness content aligned with Indigenous values and worldviews, with an emphasis on intergenerational trauma impacting Native Americans, Indigenous language and culture trainings, and a wide variety of cultural resources.

Morning Light Kombucha

Our mission is to provide the highest quality Kombucha tea that nourishes our community, supports our local economy, strengthens local food systems and allows us to give back to Native American communities. We are committed to environmentally conscious business practices, that include minimizing waste and inspiring sustainability in NE Kansas.

Native Wax with Connie Danger

Native Wax with Connie Danger This edition of the Native Business Spotlight features Native Wax, a Native woman-owned business owned by Connie Danger, a member of the Upper Skagit Tribe. Connie is an Esthetician with 11 years of experience who received her education and training at the Gary Manual Aveda Institute in Seattle, WA. COVID-19 […]

Start Up Stories : Monica Simeon—Sister Sky

On today’s show, I am joined by Monica Simeon, co-founder of Sister Sky INC. Monica and her sister, Marina Turningrobe, began Sister Sky as a home-based hobby business. As we discuss Sister Sky’s startup story, we also explore early transitions in business startup, managing early growth, and using trade shows to advantage

The Boulevard Coffee Company

We are thrilled to announce Vanessa Abrahamson as our first Native Business Spotlight. Please listen to her story on being a Washington State business owner through the COVID pandemic.

Camp Crier

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.

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State Launches Small Business Flex Fund on June 30th

We are proud to be the technical assistance provider to the American Indian and Alaska Native communities for this new fund launched by Washington State Department of Commerce! The Small Business Flex Fund is a simple, low-interest & flexible loan for Washington’s smallest businesses and non-profits. It was created to meet the unique challenges of […]

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State to launch new round of Working Washington small business grants on March 29

Newest grant round focuses on brick-and-mortar businesses most directly impacted by COVID-19 public health measures The Washington State Department of Commerce opened applications for Working Washington Grants: Round 4 on March 29. Business owners can find information about the program and a link to the application portal at This is the fourth round of the […]

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FIVE Helpful Tips when applying to Round 3 of the Working Washington Small Business grant!

The application for the new round of Working Washington business grants is now open. Businesses can apply for up to $20,000 to offset costs or expenses due to COVID-19. The grants are targeted primarily for small businesses with $5 million or less in annual revenue that have had to close or significantly curtail operations as […]

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Sister Sky Inc. Provides Suicide Prevention Training for Indian Health Service

Native American-owned Small Business Chosen to Provide Culturally Customized Suicide Prevention Training for 17,000 IHS Employees Spokane, WA: Suicide is an urgent public health concern across the United States, but its severity for American Indian and Alaska Native communities, and for AI/AN young people, is unimaginably devastating. Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death […]

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Washington State Department Launches Grant for Disadvantages Community Business Owners

Funding and Resources for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic SPOKANE, WA. (October 6, 2020) – Washington State’s Department of Commerce announced the launch of the Small Business Resiliency grant program! $5 million in grants will be awarded to small business owners in disadvantaged communities across Washington State. Sister Sky Inc. is the preferred contractor […]

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Northwest Native Development Fund Receives $1,083,300 Award From U.S. Treasury CDFI Fund

Native Business Center congratulates the Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF). This is exciting news for Indian Country!  Good job NNDF! September 25, 2020 Coulee Dam Washington – The Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF) learned yesterday that they will become the recipient of a $1,083,300 award for the expansion of services and to increase the volume of […]

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State Seeks to Address Economic Inequality by Increasing Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Help for Small Businesses Owners

Commerce partners with 20 community-based organizations statewide to provide technical assistance and other resources to underserved small businesses affected by COVID-19 September 24, 2020 OLYMPIA, WA –Small business owners now have more places to seek culturally and linguistically relevant help for dealing with COVID-19, thanks to expansion of the Small Business Resiliency Assistance program announced today by […]

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Passage of Native American Business Incubators Act is an Important Step for Native Entrepreneurship

This is what Indian Country has been waiting for! Native Business Center is very ecstatic for this news we received, stay tuned for updates! Bill now headed to President’s desk for signature into law  September 23, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (The National Center) cheered House passage of S. 294, the ‘Native […]

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Washington State Small Business Grant Program

Funding and Resources for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID Pandemic SPOKANE, WA. (September 11th, 2020) – The Washington State Department of Commerce has launched a second round of available funds in your county for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 through the Working Washington Small Business emergency grant program. Sister Sky Inc. has been contracted by […]

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