Native Business Spotlight

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

Indigenous Eats

Fast, fresh and filling. These three words describe the new Native American restaurant, Indigenous Eats, that’s opening in Spokane, Washington on August 15. Located next to Gonzaga University’s campus, Indigenous Eats serves contemporary Native American comfort food, including fry bread, Indian tacos, and desserts served with huckleberry sauce. The fry bread is also prepared using […]

Beauty & Grace

Beauty & Grace, LLC located right here in Spokane, Washington provides botox and lip fillers for esthetic purposes from a Family Nurse Practitioner with 17 years of experience in the medical field. Botox helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that are cause by facial muscle movement. Botox works to block nerve […]

DJ Big Rez

David Hillaire aka DJ Big Rez is a professional DJ who loves music and has been in business since 2001. Starting off as a mobile DJ, he did personal parties, weddings and business parties before expanding into night clubs. He provides his services to a variety of venues including private events, night clubs, sporting events, […]

Bellastro Construction Inc.

Bellastro Construction Inc.’s services are built for you. Established in 2002, Bellastro Construction Inc. is a full-service construction firm offering design built, construction management and general contracting services. At Bellastro, they protect their reputation for excellent customer service, and provide the highest quality craftsmanship while maintaining competitive prices. They make this possible through utilizing responsible […]

Tallan Paul Investigations, LLC

Growing up in Northwestern Washington, Tallan Paul developed an early interest in solving mysteries. He was exposed to investigations through work at a private security firm where he realized an instant affinity for the problem solving process. Now back home in Bellingham, WA, Tallan is pursuing his investigative career where he specializes in criminal defense […]

War Pony Pictures LLC

From a young age, Derrick LaMere was taught about the about of storytelling from his elders on the Colville Indian Reservation. His people have used storytelling to teach and preserve their traditional knowledge for generations. For the past 10+ years, Derrick has put traditional practice into motion and has been fortunate enough to help create […]

Sky Bear Media

Headquartered in Olympia, WA, Sky Bear Media is a full-service video production company that is licensed and insured to do business in the state. The company has years of experience in creating media for the digital space, from script to screen, and has worked with Washington State government, Tribes, tribal organizations, corporations, small business and […]

Copper Canoe Woman

Vina Brown is the owner and creator of Copper Canoe Woman (CCW), a small family-owned business. CCW is an Indigenous jewelry design business whose aesthetic is rooted in ancestral culture, stories, and adornment art. The essence of CCW is about showcasing authentic place-based, yet modern Indigenous designs. Their jewelry is infused with elements of Vina’s […]

Salishan Sturgeon Nose Canoes

Started by Shawn Brigman, PhD, in 2015, Salishan Sturgeon Nose Canoes is a Native-owned business business with a focus on increasing visual literacy awareness on signifiers of the unique and distinct northern Plateau canoe styles and village implementations. The canoe shapes, construction techniques, and other characteristics are created using centuries-old local patterns. Brigman’s creative practice […]

Red Planet Books & Comics

Founded in 2017, Red Planet is the only Indigenous comic shop in the world and specialized in promoting and distributing Native comics, books, games, toys and collectibles. Not only that, it is also the headquarters for both the Indigenous Comic Con and Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. Their goal is to support and […]

Galanda Broadman PLLC

Galanda Broadman PLLC is an Indigenous rights law firm with nine lawyers and offices in Seattle and Yakima, Washington, and Bend, Oregon. The firm fights for Indigenous Peoples to protect and defend Treaty rights, economic rights, and human rights. Galanda Broadman PLLC capabilities include Complex Litigation such as Treaty Rights, Cultural Property, Gaming, etc., Outside […]

1 Shot Boondocks

The business was created in 2016 and located in Rio Rancho, NM. 1 Shot Boondocks reflects the independent and wild spirit. They cater to the explorer, the do-it-yourselfer, the lovers of the outdoors. 1 Shot Boondocks is owned by Chamisa Radford, a female firearm owner and manufacturer. She has a passion for lightweight and easy […]

Redtail Accounting

Redtail Accounting is owned by Tina Begay. Redtail Accounting specializes in cannabis and nonprofit accounting procedures and bookkeeping. Redtail Accounting offers an all-in-one virtual accounting services with an affordable, flat monthly fee. All services are performed remotely by the dedicated team of accounting experts. Visit her website here. You can also check out her LinkedIn […]

Barefaced Beauty

Barefaced Beauty is owned by Kylee Peone. She created Barefaced Beauty to help people feel confident in their own skin. With 8 years of experience in the industry, she focuses on sharing her knowledge of skin and beauty with all her clients. Kylee offers custom facials, advanced skin treatments such as microneedling and chemical peels, […]

Honey Lodge

Purchase with a purpose! Honey Lodge Youth Enterprise is a Program of Lakota Youth Development (LYD). When Lakota Youth Development was facing a lack of funding for youth programs and also looking at the unemployment challenges facing Lakota youth, they turned to their own youth members to participate in creating solutions. The Mato Tasunka Wakinyan […]

Creative Native Customs

Creative Native Customs is owned by a young entrepreneur, Mariah Thompson. Mariah specializes in creating merchandise with meaning. She specializes in memorial orders & creating original designs of loved ones who’ve passed on. Mariah can make custom designs specifically requested by customers & places them onto any clothing. Mariah’s website is currently under construction. However, […]

Beadwork by Nerayda Ganuelas

Beadwork by Nerayda Ganuelas is beadwork artist who offers high quality beadwork. All of the beadwork on her ‘Hey Dudes’ are her own unique designs. These shoe designs can be paired with beaded earrings, keychains or a hat! Nerayda Ganuelas takes pride in her amazing beadwork! See her creations on Instagram. Stay up to date […]

Zelo Living

Zelo Living’s intent is to offer their clients program-based solutions that align with their healthy lifestyle goals. Their lifestyle programs are designed to use the science of the body. It’s their promise to provide clients with the best care, products, and services that capture nutritional, medical, and holistic remedies. Zelo takes a different approach to […]

Unitary Apparel

Unitary’s founder Cody Miller gets inspiration and passion from his Native background. He uses Native pop culture and tapestry from across the country to create urban fashion that looks great on everyone. The clothing created at Unitary are all high-quality garments created with you in mind. If you like legit apparel, our line is for […]

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 Modern Tipi and Wenatchi Wear. Support your local, woman, Indigenous-owned business! Visit her website here. You can also check out her Instagram. Stay up to […]

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! You can check out their Facebook and Instagram. Stay up to date on […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. You can check out their Facebook and Instagram. Stay up […]

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. Visit their […]

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 […]

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. You can also check out their Facebook page. Stay up to date on Native small business resources as they become […]

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! Visit their website here. […]

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. Visit their […]

Morning Light Kombucha

Morning Light Kombucha’s mission is to provide the highest quality Kombucha tea that nourishes their community, supports their local economy, strengthens local food systems and allows them to give back to Native American communities. They are committed to environmentally conscious business practices, that include minimizing waste and inspiring sustainability in NE Kansas. Visit their website […]

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 […]

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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Native Americans across Midwest embrace traditional foods rejected by centuries of colonization

“Native American tribes and communities are creating formal programs that focus on their traditional foods to not only combat systemic food insecurity, but also connect people to their culture” In late July in Kansas City on a foraging trip Jojo Blackwood made a discovery of a rare mushroom that changed the way she views her […]

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U.S. Senate Announces Creation of Community Development Finance Caucus

On Monday, August 1, Native CDFI Network News reported U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) announced the creation of the Senate Community Development Finance Caucus (CDFC), a bipartisan caucus dedicated to supporting the missions of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs) to scale their activities and fuel more […]

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Applying for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) Online

Learn how to apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) Online

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Working Washington Grants: Round 5 webinars happening in August

Throughout the month of August there will be several webinars focusing on Working Washington Grants: Round 5. These webinars are meant to help small business and non-profit owners better understand the program and what they need for their applications should they be eligible for it. Here are the webinars you can attend: OneEastside webinar walk […]

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Native Business Center Launches Washington State Business Directory

SPOKANE, Wash. — On Thursday, June 30, Native Business Center, which is powered by Sister Sky Inc., officially launched the Washington State Native Business Directory to support and bring awareness to small businesses owned by Native Americans in Washington State. This project was funded by the Washington State Department of Commerce. The directory is an […]

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Tribal elders recall painful boarding school memories

We want to take a moment to pause here and let you know this post will be about the hardships Native peoples have faced in the boarding schools. If this type of information and news is upsetting to you, we encourage you to click out now and come back when you are ready. This story […]

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IOC Restores Olympic Gold Medals Solely to Jim Thorpe

On Friday, Native News Online reported that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will display legendary athlete Jim Thorpe (Sac and Fox, Potawatomi) as the sole gold medalist in the pentathlon and decathlon at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm. This announcement comes 110 years to the day when Thorpe was awarded two Olympic gold medals by […]

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New round of funding allocated to Working Washington Grants for small businesses

For small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington State Legislature has allocated $70 million for the next round of Working Washington Grants: Round 5. In this round of Working Washington grants, available funds are set aside for specific targeted groups or sectors: 60% is identified for the arts, heritage, and science sectors, including […]

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Native American News Roundup, July 3-9, 2022

For the week of July 3rd to the 9th of 2022 there were a few exciting developments in Indian Country. The first was about Cherokee Nation citizen Dwight Birdwall, 74, who was awarded the highest military honor by President Joe Biden. Birdwall’s heroism in the January 1968 series of shock and awe attacks by North […]

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President Biden Nominates Patrice Kunesh for Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans

Last month, Native News Online reported that President Joe Biden announced 13 new intended nominations for his administration, including Patrice Kunesh for Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans (ANA), a program office within the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Kunesh, a Standing Rock Lakota descendant, is an attorney and policy advocate […]

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University of Alaska Southeast to Offer Free Alaska Native Language Courses

Last month, Native News Online reported that University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) will offer students free non-credit classes in Alaska Native languages this fall. “The University of Alaska Southeast is committed to recognizing and acknowledging historical wrongs endured by Alaska Native Communities,” Carin Silkaitis, Dean of UAS’s School of Arts and Sciences, said in a […]

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Supreme Court rules Oklahoma State has concurrent jurisdiction in Indian Territory

On Wednesday, Native News Online reported that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Oklahoma has jurisdiction to prosecute non-Indians who commit crimes against Indians in Indian Country. It is the first time in U.S. history that a state has concurrent jurisdiction with the federal government. In Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta, the state asked the Supreme […]

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Chief Lynn Malerba is the first Native person to be selected as Treasurer of the United States

Chief Lynn Malerba, Mutáwi Mutáhash (Many Hearts), from the Mohegan Tribe has been confirmed as the first Indigenous person to be appointed as the next U.S. Treasurer. Malerba was quoted in an article by Indian Country Today saying: “I am honored and humbled by Secretary (Janet) Yellen and the Biden Administration’s commitment to ensuring that […]

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Native CDFI convenes Wabanaki Nations behind ‘transformative’ economic development consortium

In a recent article from Tribal Business News, Four Directions Development Corporation is leading a new effort that aims to facilitate collaboration among the Wabanaki Nations in Maine “to better engage their collective economic engine.” Even though the Passamaquody, Prenobscot, Maliseet and Mi’kmaq tribes have worked together before regarding sovereignty and water protection, a holistic […]

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BIGGEST Legal Mistakes Business Owners Make

When starting or running a business, there are a bunch of hoops to jump through and things to keep track of throughout the process. That is why you want to make sure you’re not making any legal mistakes while getting your business set up. To check if you’re doing everything right, here are some of […]

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T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders program still accepting applicants for Spokane location!

Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur looking to take your business to the next level? Well, there is still time to apply for T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined if you want to help your company grow. T.H.R.I.V.E. (Train. Hope. Rise. Innovate. Venture. Elevate) is a free six-month intensive training program for small business entrepreneurs […]

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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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Start Up Stories : Monica Simeon—Sister Sky

Our co-founder Monica Simeon was featured in Spokane Talks “Start Up Stories.” In this show, they discuss Sister Sky Inc.’s startup story, as well as explore early transitions in business startup, managing early growth, and using trade shows to advantage.

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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 commercegrants.com. 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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