HELENA, Mont. – Montana Department of Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote Tuesday announced $318,000 in funding will be awarded through the Indian Equity Fund (IEF) Small Business Grant to support the growth of 28 Native American-owned businesses across Montana.
“The businesses receiving these grants represent a cross-section of the increasingly diverse industries driving our reservations and native communities,” Haxby-Cote said. “By supporting Montana’s Native American entrepreneurs, the Indian Equity Fund grows prosperity for Indian Country and an even stronger economy for all Montanans.”
Full List of Grant Recipients:
- Carlson Designz in Browning received $13,000 to purchase an embroidery machine and accessories.
- Johnson’s of St. Mary’s in Browning received $9,000 to replace carpet and linoleum flooring.
- Leaning Tree Campground and Cabins in Babb received $14,000 to construct two new cabins.
- Painted Sky Branding in Heart Butte received $14,000 to purchase photography, video and web development equipment.
- Red Root Herbs and Divide Creek Campground in Browning received $14,000 for signage, encampment and water system.
Chippewa Cree Tribe
- HM Salon and Spa, LLC in Havre received $14,000 to purchase new chairs, equipment and inventory.
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
- All American Autoworks in St. Ignatius received $14,000 to purchase automobile detailing equipment and inventory.
- Willow Canyon Professional Counseling Services in Ronan received $14,000 for training, trailer, fencing and arena construction for equine therapy.
- Apsaalooke Glamping in Lodge Grass received $14,000 to purchase tepees, a generator and a computer.
- Crow Country Guides and Outfitters in Hardin received $14,000 to purchase hunting and fishing guide equipment.
- Greasy Mouth Concession and Catering in Crow Agency received $7,000 to purchase restaurant equipment.
- Meila’s Manicures and Makeovers from Busby received $7,000 to purchase salon equipment.
- Randy Not Afraid Ranch in Lodge Grass received $7,000 to purchase a tractor.
Fort Belknap Assiniboine and Gros Ventre Tribes
- Archambault Towing in Harlem received $14,000 to purchase a wrecker tow truck.
- Curly Head Horse Training in Hays received $14,000 for horse training facility improvements.
- Smoke House Grille in Harlem received $12,000 to purchase equipment to expand its menu.
Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux
- BCS Consulting in Wolf Point received $7,000 to purchase computers and hardware.
- Gorilla Heating and Air, LLC in Poplar received $14,000 to purchase shipping containers.
- Indigenous Auto LLC in Wolf Point received $12,000 to purchase a vehicle tow truck.
- Wolf City Auto Inc. in Wolf Point received $12,000 for upgrades and renovations.
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe
- Great Mountain Creative Ltd Co. in Kalispell received $14,000 to purchase graphic design equipment.
- Plains Soul in Hardin received $9,000 for equipment, inventory and marketing.
Northern Cheyenne Tribe
- Dr. “B” ILL’z Repair in Lame Deer received $14,000 for computer repair equipment, inventory and working capital.
- Ewing Bovine Ultrasound and Artificial Insemination in Lame Deer received $6,000 to purchase bovine ultrasound equipment.
- Motor Medic in Lame Deer received $7,000 to remodel its building.
- Phat Gurl Catering in Ashland received $14,000 to purchase a mobile food cart.
- Small Equine Sports Therapy in Busby received $7,000 to purchase equine massage equipment.
- Warrior Trail Jewelry and Gifts in Lame Deer received $7,000 for website and ecommerce development.
The IEF started in 2007. Funds are awarded through a competitive application process administered by Commerce with input from the State Tribal Economic Development Commission. Awards require a 1:1 cash or in-kind match.
Learn more at the Indian Country Programs website.