There are so many helpful organizations that want to support you and your businesses, some focusing on the Native population and others offering general support to all business owners. Honestly, it’s hard to keep up, but we’re going to try and keep this list updated. If you have suggestions or comments, please direct them to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a dynamic list. Last updated: 11/23/20
GRANT & LOAN OPPORTUNITIES
What: Small Business Stabilization grants from Google.org and NCAI
Date: November 23, 2020
NCAI received funding from Google dot org to award small business stabilization grants. The application process is straightforward with NCAI awarding $5,000 to 170 businesses. There is a short window to apply, so get your application in as soon as you can.
What: Navajo CARES Act, Business & Artisan Relief Grant
Date: November 2020
Whether you are a food vendor, artist, do beadwork or many other occupations, AND you’re an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, you can qualify for a CARES Act grant. Check out the Nation’s Division of Economic Development for directions and an application. Also, check out Change Labs who is ready to support if needed.
What: City of ABQ, CARES Act funding
Date: October 25, 2020
The city of Albuquerque, via CARES Act funding has created the $10 million dollar Small Business Economic Relief Grant Program. Essentially provides financial support to local, for-profit businesses impacted by the pandemic and mandated restrictions.
What: Con Alma Health Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Project Grant
Date: July 2020
Con Alma was awarded a $1million dollar grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to be used towards short-term humanitarian aid to help communities and families. You need to have a 501(c)(3) designation or use the fiscal agency services of a handful of designated organizations (NMCC is included on this list). Fund closes mid-July so apply as soon as you can.
What: First People’s Fund, One-Year Artist Fellowships
Date: June 2020
Two separate fellowship tracks available now. The first is the Artist in Business Leadership fellowship. The second is the Cultural Capital fellowship. Applications open until August 31, 2020.
What: NDN Collective Radical Imagination Grant
Date: June 2020
6 Indigenous artists will be awarded grants of $50,000. Deadline coming up soon so get your application in by July 10th.
What: Matriarch Response Fund from Native Women Lead
Our friends at Native Women Lead have just opened their first loan fund for Native women business owners. Loans are offered at 0% interest with no payments due for 90 days. Applications being accepted up to May 15th.
What: NDN Collective COVID-19 Response Fund for Artists and Small Business Owners
New grant/response fund supporting artists and small business owners. Applications accepted up to the end of May 2020.
What: NDN Collective COVID-19 Response Fund
New response fund supporting immediate relief for front line communities, tribes and pueblos, tribal serving orgs, and individuals.
What: Loan for Native Entrepreneurs operating on Navajo or Hopi Nations and border towns
Date listed: 3/26/20
Change Labs is offering up to a $5,000 loan, that is low interest and relationship based. Go to nativestartup.org/events to book an appointment with Trish or Jessica.
What: Small Business Association (SBA) Resource Page
Loan info, small business resources, professional guidance, technical assistance, etc., from your friends at the SBA.
What: Benefits dot gov
A national site established to support Americans during a time of need. Includes a number of federal benefits that are tailored to what’s needed now. h/t Indian Country Today
What: Indian Country Today
Indian Country Today has put together a long list of resources to support you during this time. Check out their current article on where you might find financial assistance.
What: North Central New Mexico Economic Development District
The EDD or Economic Development District provides resources and information from state agencies and the U.S. SBA. In addition there is a separate COVID-19 loan program with very favorable terms. Lots of good links on a separate page on the site here: https://www.ncnmedd.com/covid19
4/7/20: Additional links and information can also be found here: https://gonm.biz/about-us/covid-19-response
What: Native Americans in Philanthropy
Native Americans in Philanthropy has teamed with Decolonizing Wealth and National Urban Indian Family Coalition to pool funds for a rapid response fund. They’re building on a list of resources and funders to support Native organizations, nonprofits, and communities at this time.
What: Grantspace by Candid
An extensive list of emergency financial resources to help with COVID-19 hardships, broken down by need: nonprofits, individuals, small business, and artists.
Some of our local technical assistance centers offer specialized business help during this time. Visit them to see what free or subsidized resources they offer. There are a ton of free classes and teachings happening at all of our sister orgs.
NMCC will be hosting webinars starting next week. Check back early next week for details.
WESST has been building a list with links for employers and business owners.
What: City of Albuquerque’s Small Business Guide
This guide includes everything from grant and loan needs to tech assistance to notifications about utilities and job openings. Also, check the main City of Albuquerque page for more resources.
What: Go Daddy, Open We Stand
Tons of free resources for keeping (or getting) your business online.
What: Zoom 101 , an online guide for beginners with tips and tricks for advanced users
Great guide from the techies at ZDNet about working and using Zoom, the video conference and meeting tool.
What: Native American Agricultural Fund
NAAF has put together an extensive list of links and resources.
What: The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
Deb Haaland’s office has released a publication for small business owners that supports their understanding and opportunity involving the recently passed stimulus bill or CARES Act.
What: Native American Small Business Resources page (Facebook page)
Date listed: 3/26/20
Great collaborative resource listing grant and loan opportunities, technical assistance resources and more. Join the group on Facebook to keep up with this dynamic list.
What: Albuquerque Business First
An Albuquerque-focused business publication that typically offers subscriber only content. They’re lifting that to offer links and support for the regional community.
What: National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
Date listed: 3/26/20
Extensive list of resources, testing sites, clinician support, employer aids and guidance. Updates frequently.
What: Indian Country Today
Good all-around resource for relevant stories in Indian Country. Also, as noted above, please see their list of resources to support us financially at this time.
HEALTH RELATED SITES
What: New Mexico Department of Health Info Page
This is a good resource for New Mexico specifically but you can check the statewide public health website in the state you reside for important resources and info. Here’s a few:
For CA: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/
For AZ: https://www.azdhs.gov/
For OK: https://www.ok.gov/health/
For TX: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/
What: Indian Health Service Info Page
Documents support and data for IHS areas
What: COVID-19 virus info page
Good data and information based on World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control data, some links and resources, but mostly data (in case you’re looking for numbers).
What: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Part of the Department of Health and Human Services. Federal source of information.
What: Tewa Women United
This is a link for indigenous community resources especially those related to health and wellness, and many others including financial and economic resources.
Please check back for more additions as they’re added.
Entrepreneur Resource List
There are a number of resources for small business owners, many of them free or offered at a reasonable rate. We’re including a list of some of our favorites below.
This is an evolving list of resources for small business owners. If you have other sites or topics that might be a good addition to our list, please email email@example.com.
The Small Business Association (SBA) is a solid all-around general resource for small business owners. In addition to Native-focused information, SBA provides information specific to veteran-owned, women-owned, and LGBT-owned business owners. Here’s the link to the general page for Native business owners:
In addition, the New Mexico Small Business Development Center, offers an array of services. Included in the list are free to low cost assistance, workshops, trainings, and support for small businesses. They also have many locations to serve you. Go to: http://www.nmsbdc.org/
Another SBA resource partner is SCORE. There’s a local office in Albuquerque and many offices exist across the country. They offer a number of free services tailored to the small business community. They also have an expansive library of videos on a variety of subject matters that support small business. If you’re in the ABQ area, we recommend subscribing to their mailing list as they provide a comprehensive list of classes with multiple organizations.
National Site: https://www.score.org/
Another excellent resource is WESST. They target their offerings to women, immigrants, low-income, and minority individuals, with women making up 60%+ of their clientele. There are many ongoing trainings and courses that are available to all business owners. https://www.wesst.org/
If you’re in Arizona, you may want to check out Native Women Entrepreneurs AZ. They’re a supportive social network serving the local population in AZ. Subscribe to participate in working groups, socials, networking, and support. https://nweaz.spottedhorseis.net/
Located on the Navajo Nation, Change Labs is a robust local resource in Tuba City that supports entrepreneurs with workspaces, tools, and mentorship. Lots more on their site so check them out here: https://nativestartup.org/
Also located on the Navajo Nation is IndigeHub, a coworking and incubator space. For a low rate you can utilize support via a community working space and if needed, use computer equipment and software to get your work done. You can find more information at https://www.indigehub.org/
In a short time Native Women Lead has become an important networker, connector, and empowerment source for Native women. They’ve created a national presence and awareness that support the entrepreneur and business owner. Keep up with them here: https://www.nativewomenlead.org/.
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is the largest non-profit, Native-focused business and economic development organization in the country. Their annual Reservation Economic Summit (RES) is the largest Native business conference in the country. Find them at: http://ncaied.org/
Native Business Magazine is a newer publication that reports on local newsworthy stories and those on a national level, as well. Looking to keep up with all things Native business? Check them out and subscribe to their monthly magazine in print or electronic form. https://www.nativebusinessmag.com/
Do you wish you had a practice arena to get up and pitch your business to other like-minded people? 1 Million Cups offers this space. The critical piece of any pitch is practice, practice, practice. They take it many steps further and allow you to pitch, re-tool, and pitch again, with the support and feedback from other professionals.
1 Million Cups, ABQ: https://www.1millioncups.com/albuquerque
1 Million Cups, Nat’l: https://www.1millioncups.com/
Another supporting organization and resource for Native business is the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Mexico (AICCNM). The organization caters to professionals, governments, Tribal entities, and small businesses. Do a search to see if there is a chapter in your state.You can find the New Mexico Chapter here: http://www.aiccnm.com/
Investopedia is a good general resource for business terminology and definitions. Most courses require a fee but their dictionary is quite helpful. This site is investment-focused but good content, overall.
Khan Academy is a non-profit organization that offers a wide variety of, free content which includes videos on anything from math, science, finance and economics and more. The app is also easy to use. https://www.khanacademy.org/
Another great general resource is Wealth 101. According to their mission, Wealth 101 is an educational resource that is full of powerful visuals on personal finance.” The layout and site interface is easy to use and there’s lots of valuable information. The site was created through a partnership with Next Gen Personal Finance, a non-profit organization, and Visual Capitalist which provides large, data-rich graphics to help you understand the complexities of financial, economic, and business topics.
Wealth 101: https://wealth.visualcapitalist.com/
Next Gen Personal Finance: https://www.ngpf.org/
Visual Capitalist: https://www.visualcapitalist.com/
If you’re in the Albuquerque area, we like FatPipe, a co-working space near downtown. The philosophy behind FatPipe centers on entrepreneurial services and their 9,000 square foot space allows for collaboration or quiet work when you need it. Check them out at: https://fatpipeabq.com/
We’ll continue to build out this list. Thanks for reading!