History and Vision

First Ponca Financial Inc. is an independent, non-profit 501 C 3 incorporated under the State of Nebraska and is a Native American Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). The organization incorporated in January 2011 and was sponsored by the Ponca Economic Development Corporation.

First Ponca Financial’s mission is to provide training, technical assistance, and resources to support entrepreneurship, business start up and expansion, and community development in the 15 service area counties located in Eastern Nebraska, Southeastern South Dakota and Western Iowa.

Funding and Support

Our work with businesses would not be possible without funding from a diverse group of supporters who share our commitment to business and economic development in the fifteen service counties of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska.

Our list of past and current supporters includes:

  • Ponca Economic Development Corporation
  • Ponca Tribe of Nebraska
  • OWEESTA Corporation
  • The US Department of Agriculture, Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG)
  • The US Department of Treasury CDFI Fund
  • SCORE Counselors to America’s Small Business
  • ONABEN (Oregon Native American Business and Entrepreneurial Network Inc.)
  • First Nations Development Corporation
  • Small Business Adiministration

We invite others to contact us about becoming supporters. First Ponca Financial Inc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity. Therefore, gifts are tax deductible as permitted by federal law. Consult with your tax advisor or contact Pete Upton, First Ponca Financial’s executive director, to learn more.

Honoring the Past and Building the Future.

First Ponca Financial Inc. honors and pays respect to the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and the many great leaders of the Ponca people who have provided the gift of knowledge and have inspired others to share their knowledge. We embody the traditional values of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska as well as the contemporary principles of the Ponca people.

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