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Montana Department of Commerce Announces Grants for 28 Native American Businesses

Tuesday, December 19, 2017/Categories: Market MT, Indian Country

Red Root Herbs displaying products at the 2017 Made in Montana Tradeshow.

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:

Blackfeet Nation

  • 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.

Crow Nation

  • 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.



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