Native Community Navigator Program

Strengthening Native Economies One Business at a Time

Following a hub-and-spoke model, Oweesta and twenty-seven Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) partners will provide training and technical assistance to Native businesses and entrepreneurs thanks to a $5M U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) grant, the Community Navigator Pilot Program.

The Program is designed to reduce barriers that underrepresented and underserved entrepreneurs often face in accessing the programs they need to recover, grow, or start their businesses. Research shows that the amount of Native-owned business is scarce in today’s market due to structural barriers Native businesses and entrepreneurs face in business ownership and creation. Rooted within the communities, Native CDFIs are instrumental in reaching under-serviced Native communities and providing culturally relevant, economic development services.

Acting as a “hub,” Oweesta will serve as a centralized, lead organization and leverage our long-standing relationships with grassroots Native CDFIs as “spokes.” Through this model, government resources will be more effectively distributed to reach small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Meet the 27 Native CDFI Spokes

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Financial ServicesMvskoke Loan Fund, Inc.
Akiptan, IncNACDC Financial Services, Inc
Bank of Cherokee CountyNakoda Aaniiih Credit Agency
Black Hills Community Loan Fund, Inc.Native360 Loan Fund, Inc.
Chehalis Tribal Loan FundNative American Development Corporation
Chi Ishobak, IncNiiJii Capital Partners
Citizen Potawatomi Community Development CorporationNimiipuu Community Development Fund
Cook Inlet Lending CenterNorthwest Native Development Fund
First American Capital CorporationPlenty Doors Community Development Corporation
Four Bands Community FundSequoyah Fund
Four Directions Development CorporationTaala Fund
Hawaiian Lending and InvestmentsWaianae Economic Development Council
HoChunk Community Capital, Inc.Wisconsin Native Loan Fund
Montana Native Growth Fund

CONTACT US

Oweesta Corporation
2432 Main Street, 1st Floor
Longmont, CO 80501
303.774.8838
info@oweesta.org

Oweesta is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

ABOUT OWEESTA

Oweesta is the longest standing Native CDFI intermediary offering financial products and development services exclusively to Native CDFIs and Native communities. Specifically, Oweesta provides training, technical assistance, investments, research, and policy advocacy to help Native communities develop an integrated range of asset-building products and services, including financial education and financial products.

Asset-building tools stimulate reservation economies by providing tribal members the opportunity to acquire financial management skills and build and accumulate assets through small business creation, homeownership, education, and much more.

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