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Profit Mastery Workshop: Lending in Blackfeet Indian Country

 

“This is an excellent workshop, especially if you want to go beyond break even and actually make a profit.
Lending in Blackfeet Indian Country Understanding mark-up and gross profit margin is very important and your contribution margins!” said a Native business owner who attended the Profit Mastery Workshop: Lending in the Blackfeet Country, October 1-2, 2014 in Browning, Montana. Lending in Blackfeet Indian Country

 

Profit Mastery is a workshop designed to "take the mystery out of the numbers" and give you practical financial tools to enable you to make better business decisions and to obtain better bank credit lines. A Native business owner said, “I think this is great before you actually going to see a banker” and another said, “It changes the way you look at your business.”

 

Lending in Blackfeet Indian Country Over 20 Blackfeet Reservation small businesses owners attended the Workshop facilitated by Amita Patel Greer, Director, Small Business Development Center, Montana CDC. The Workshop was started with a panel discussion facilitated by Lea Whitford, Blackfeet Planning and Development and Montana State Representative for House District 16, on what are the best practices of successful lending on the Blackfeet Reservation. The Lending Panel included Ms. Amita Patel Greer, Montana CDC, Mr. Robert Carette, Bank of Glacier County, Ms. Patty Gobert, Native American Community Development-CDFI, Mr. Luke Robinson, Native American Development Corporation-CDFI, Mr. Doug Sheble, Stockman Bank. Lending in Blackfeet Indian Country

 

“Anyone in business should attend this workshop”, a Blackfeet business owner stated. By attending this Profit Mastery Workshop entrepreneurs and others in attendance communicated the knowledge and confidence gained will positively add to their overall business experience.

 

The Workshop was made possible by: a Northwest Area Foundation Grant to MIBA, and the support of Blackfeet Planning Department, Native American Community Development Corporation, Browning Community Development Corporation, Blackfeet Community College, Opportunity Link, Inc. and Montana Department of Commerce along with our sponsors: Montana Department of Transportation - DBE Program, Native American Development Corporation, BNSF Railway and Glacier Electric Cooperative.

Lending in Blackfeet Indian Country Thank you to all for making this event possible!

 









Profit Mastery Workshop: Lending in Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Country

 

"If anyone wants to start a business, or already has one, they can benefit from this class.
Lending in Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Country It is a great tool for organizing finances; whether in trouble or not it's awesome to know where you stand or where to start," says a Native business owner who attended the Profit Mastery Workshop: Lending in Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Country, February 11th and 12th, 2014 in Crow Agency, Montana held at Little Big Horn College Library.

 

The course was about creating value and building wealth; teaching businesses to utilize financial statements as a management tool, using effective cost and pricing strategies, understanding and controlling patterns of cash flow and managing growth as well as how to deal successfully with banks. "This is a must to be successful," said another Native business owner. Twenty-nine Native businesses and entrepreneurs attended the workshop from the surrounding areas.

 

Lending in Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Country Shawn Backbone, Vice-Secretary of the Crow Tribe welcomed the Native business entrepreneurs along with Dr. Johnel Barcus, Executive Director, Montana Indian Business Alliance, provided an overview of the MIBA's mission and vision. Amita Patel-Greer, Director, Small Business Development Center, Montana CDC facilitated the Profit Mastery course. Lending in Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Country

 

Thirty-six participants attended the event with a majority representing Native small businesses and entrepreneurs from the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Indian Reservation. Bankers and lenders from surrounding communities participated in the panel discussion, led by Sharon Small, Executive Director, People's Partners for Community Development, of Lame Deer. Some of the questions she asked the panel presenters were: what does a successful client look like; what are the shortcomings in the loan information your clients are providing; what are the shortcomings of your clients in building a relationship with a lender and more importantly, what relationships does your organization have with other lenders to build your lending capacity? Lending in Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Country

 

The panel presenters included, Kim Cook, Loan Fund, Grants Manager, Native American Development Corporation, Billings, Barbara Braided Hair, Branch Manager, First Interstate Bank, Lame Deer, Yolanda Good Voice, Loan Fund Manager, Crow Tribe, Jilliann Knutson, Loan Officer, Beartooth RC&D Area and Holly Higgins, Commercial Lender, First Interstate Bank, Hardin. Lending in Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Country

 

Native business owners and entrepreneurs described what they learned in Profit Mastery, a Native business owner said, "Use it as a tool to evaluate numbers in my small business. Look at my business more positively accounting wise and step up and take more responsibility in my business." Another said, "Have a better chance of success for my business" and "I will use the training every day, especially the ratios, graphs, break even formula, and cash flow chart. Learning how to do these will help my business succeed."

 

Lending in Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Country The workshop was hosted by the Montana Indian Business Alliance and was made possible by a Northwest Area Foundation Grant, Chief Dull Knife College's Extension Office, Little Big Horn College, Native American Development Corporation, Billings, Crow Tribe EDA, Montana Department of Commerce, First Interstate Bank Foundation, First Interstate Bank (Hardin Lame Deer and Colstrip Branches) and Tongue River Electric Co-Op. Special acknowledgment to the Montana Department of Commerce for underwriting and supporting MIBA to provide Profit Mastery to its alliances. Thank you to all for making this event possible!

 









Profit Mastery Workshop: Lending in Flathead Indian Country

 

It is a great tool for organizing finances; whether in trouble or not it's awesome to know where you stand or where to start," says a Native business owner who attended the Profit Mastery Workshop.

 

MIBA promotes private Indian business development by maximizing and developing resources that encourage and support Montana Indian Entrepreneurs.

 

The Indian Business Alliances from Montana, North and South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin gathered to learn from one another, share best practices, resources and further policy to promote private Indian businesses.

 

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Lending in Flathead Indian Country

 

 

Lending in Flathead Indian Country

 

Lending in Flathead Indian Country

 









The IBA Gathering June 2013

 

MIBA promotes private Indian business development by maximizing and developing resources that encourage and support Montana Indian Entrepreneurs.

 

The Indian Business Alliances from Montana, North and South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin gathered to learn from one another, share best practices, resources and further policy to promote private Indian businesses.

 

 

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MIBA Capital Access Report February 2011 (PDF)




MIBA 2011-2013 Strategic Goals and Objectives (PDF)




MIBA Policy Roundtable Outcomes July 2010 (PDF)