Funding/Grant Resources

This section is continuously updated with grants and funding resources that become available. Financial support is just a click away. If you need technical assistance when applying, please click on request assistance to be directly connected to someone on our team.

Comcast Rise–Seattle area

The Comcast RISE Investment Fund is offering $10,000 in grant funding to small business owned by people of color. The business must have 25 employees or less (part-time or full-time) and the business must be at least three years or older. For more information and to apply

Small Business Flex Fund

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 small businesses and non-profits when trying to get access to funding to sustain or grow. The Fund has an easy application process, low interest rates, longer payback timelines, lenders inclined to approve, and experts dedicated to your business success. Please reach out to us here at Sister Sky to help you determine your eligibility and assist you with the application process.

Reopening Resources for WA Small Businesses

RESTART Partners’ Resources page puts a wealth of small business COVID-19 information at your fingertips.

SmartWA Business Decision Support Tool

The Washington State Department of Commerce has launched a new SmartWA business decision support system and COVID-19 dashboard to help small business owners identify the safety protocols most likely to be important to customers.

StartUp Washington Resources

StartUp Washington Resources page has some great links to resources that can help your business grow and thrive.

Washington State’s Economic Partners

The Department of Commerce and your county’s Associate Development Organizations work closely together to promote Washington State in growing the economy and building communities statewide. Sister Sky Inc., through the Native Business Center, has been contracted by the Department of Commerce to reach Washington State Native-owned businesses.

County Business Resources

Each county has its own assistance programs available, including small business grants.

Craft3: Loans in Indian Country

Craft3 offers a loan program specifically built to understand the culture, traditions and sovereignty of Indian country.

Northwest Native Development Fund

The Northwest Native Development Fund seeks to foster economic and financial independence for Native people by assisting in the development of personal assets through financial and entrepreneurial education as well as providing access to capital through creative lending products.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

The Small Business Administration’s “Shuttered Venue Operators Grant” is open now for applications. Eligible entities include: Live venue operators or promoters, Theatrical producers, Live performing arts organization operators, Museum operators, Motion picture theater operators (including owners), and Talent representatives. Reach out to us if you have questions or need assistance.

Sister Sky, Inc.

Sister Sky Inc. is a SBA-certified 8(a), Native American, economically disadvantaged woman-owned small business (EDWOSB) dedicated to delivering empowerment and enrichment services to Native American and disadvantaged communities through culturally-conscious training, technical assistance, event management and communications.

How to Start a Small Business

Do you have several entrepreneurs that would like to start up their business in the next months? Consider using the Small Business Guide when walking entrepreneurs through the steps of starting their business. This in depth guide has various resources and is available in multiple languages.

Strengthening Financial Avenues in Native American Communities

Historically, Native communities defined currencies by their food, relationships, nature and tools to sustain a living. Over time, Native and Indigenous populations gave way to the use of paper money. These new social standards pushed them to adopt different ways to sustain their living, often, outside their reservations and communities, which may be critical in building wealth.

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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