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Entrepreneurship and Identity: Building a native-owned business
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Entrepreneurship and Identity: Building a Native Owned Business

September 26, 2019

Native American entrepreneurship is growing. The Small Business Administration reports that firms owned by Native Americans and Alaska Natives grew by 15 percent from 2007 to 2012. Indigenous businesses in Minnesota are diverse, ranging from telecommunications to architecture to athletics.

Join us for a panel discussion with prominent Native entrepreneurs about how they are building their businesses, and how tribal ties, culture and tradition play into their work. Get tickets here

Panel guests: 

Madonna Peltier Yawakie, President and co-founder of Turtle Island Communications, Inc (TICOM) providing telecommunication engineering and consulting services to Tribal Nations

Michael Laverdure, Principal, Architect, Director of First American Design Studio, DSGW Architects

Sarah Agaton Howes, Anishinaabe artist, teacher, designer, and community organizer widely known for her moccasins, beadwork, and regalia classes connecting community through art

Veronica Veaux, Co-owner of DomiNative Development and Assistant Professor in Business Adminstration - Entrepreneurship at Bemidji State University


The Northwest Indian Community Development Center

1819 Bemidji Ave North, Bemidji, 56601


Program Pre-Reception 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. (taco bar)

Recorded Program 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Post-Reception & Networking 7:00-8:00 p.m. (cookies and coffee)

Tickets here

Tickets are FREE, but reservations are required.

Get the details, make a reservation, then collect your tickets.