First Ponca Financial to Offer Free Business Development Training

OMAHA, Nebraska-Thanks to a partnership between a national non-profit, a federal agency, a Native-owned business and First Ponca Financial Inc., the Native American business community will be provided a free, two-day training on “Growing” a business in Indian Country. The training event will take place on Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20, from 9 am to 4 pm, at the Fred LeRoy Health and Wellness Center, in Omaha, Nebraska.

“First Ponca Financial Inc. is honored to partner with ONABEN in presenting this two-day training. The business development curriculum developed by ONABEN is used in Native communities throughout Indian Country. We are excited to be in position to offer this material to no cost to our area entrepreneurs. Most of all, we feel very fortunate to have Veronica Hix as the instructor for those two days, Veronica has a special art in teaching that engages the participants, I know our Tribal Entrepreneurs who attend are in for two days of learning and discovery,” said Pete Upton, Executive Director.

The event will be presented by ONABEN-A Native American Business Network, RedWind Consulting and First Ponca Financial, and is sponsored by the SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs. The event is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. All materials will be provided. The class is limited to the first 10 participants. Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required. The training will provide comprehensive information on topics important to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners related to business planning, access to capital, basic bookkeeping, human resources, problem solving and marketing a small business.

According to Veronica Hix, ONABENs Executive Director, the training is a great tool for the business community. “ONABEN is excited to offer this event in Nebraska in conjunction with First Ponca Financial. The partners involved in delivering this opportunity in Omaha are looking forward to sharing their knowledge with Native Americans in business. This is the second year that ONABEN is in position to work with Native communities throughout the United States and Indian Country. It is always inspiring to witness the innovation of Native peoples.” Hix also includes that the event is just one of the many ways that the Oregon based organization continuously reaches out to the Native business community and the resources that support the growth and establishment of Indian-owned enterprises.

The SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs is located in the Small Business Administration’s headquarters in Washington, DC. The department’s goal is to promote and support Native American entrepreneurs and is dedicated to engage in numerous outreach initiatives including tribal consultations, the development and distribution of promotional materials, as well as attendance and participation in national economic development conference.

ONABEN, a Native American Business Network, was founded in 1991 as a non-profit organization by four Oregon Tribes to enable Native Americans to realize their dreams of a better quality of life through owning and operating a successful business. The vision of the organization is of a healthy economy for the Pacific Northwest Native American community. For more information please visit www.onaben.org.

To register for the workshop in Omaha or for more information, contact Veronica Hix at veronica@onaben.org, or by phone at (918) 431-4630.


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