New Online Learning Center for Native EntrepreneursLakota Funds has launched a pilot of the Building Native Industry Institute, an online learning center where entrepreneurs can improve their business skills at their own pace anywhere internet access is available. While more courses are under development, Lakota Funds welcomes you to get familiar with this educational tool by taking the Marketing Tips course. Click below to get started.
Over 500 Native Americans to Benefit from Business Development InitiativeThe South Dakota Indian Business Alliance has launched a two-year initiative designed to foster local small and micro-business development, deliver training and development services to boost successful employment experiences, and provide a platform for networking and advocacy that supports strong public policies vital to thriving local economies in South Dakota's reservation communities. The initiative, titled "Building a Foundation for South Dakota's Native American Vision" and funded largely in part by a $150,000 grant from the Northwest Area Foundation, will provide training and resources to each of the state's nine reservations and is estimated to impact over 500 Native American individuals. Read the full story.
The South Dakota Indian Business Alliance Celebrates a Myriad of Accomplishments as 2013 Comes to CloseSimilar to years past, 2013 was marked with steady progress in developing Indian business resulting from diligent and collaborative strategies implemented by the South Dakota Indian Business Alliance (SDIBA) and its valued partners. SDIBA developed a 2013 Annual Highlights document in an effort to share these successes with others on the path to forging Indian business in their communities. Download the full report to read more about how SDIBA:
- Expanded access to capital and credit;
- Built opportunities in the New Native America;
- Supported sustainable economic development strategies;
- United for a common voice;
- Created collaborative environments; and
- Leveraged relationships for greater impact.
SDIBA Now Accepting Applications for the Native Entrepreneur Investment Fund!Native entrepreneurs looking to turn a business idea into reality are encouraged to apply for a loan through the South Dakota Indian Business Alliance's Native Entrepreneur Investment Fund. This new resource, launched with funding from the Citi Foundation and the South Dakota Community Foundation, provides loans up to $7,000 and other assistance from SDIBA's partners.
South Dakota Indian Business Alliance
Welcome to the South Dakota Indian Business Alliance (SDIBA) website. SDIBA is a group of community partners committed to growing Indian business in South Dakota. Our mission is to enhance Indian Business development by leveraging partnerships and resources of diverse institutions and organizations.
Informing Policy Favorable to Indian Business
SDIBA works closely with state government to advocate for Indian business. We are guided by our policy agenda, a set of policy recommendations that represent a collective voice of stakeholders and advocates of South Dakota’s Native entrepreneurship development movement. Our 2012 Policy Recommendations are a compilation of elicited a variety of responses from our constituents about successes and challenges in Native business development and action ideas to promote growth. Download our 2012 Policy Recommendations.
Conducting Research to Gain Valuable Economic Data
The South Dakota Indian Business Alliance commissioned an in-depth market analysis of South Dakota's nine Indian Reservations. This research reveals although the Reservations face grave economic conditions, there are opportunities for economic growth and entrepreneurial development.
Read the report highlights.
Read the full report.