Commerce Awards $320,000 in Grants to 24 Native-Owned Small Businesses

Lailani Upham HELENA – The Montana Department of Commerce today announced $320,000 in grant funding through the Montana Indian Equity Fund (IEF) Small Business Grant has been awarded to 24 new and expanding Native-owned small businesses.

Tribal leaders noted the impact the IEF grants have on creating and sustaining economic opportunities for Native-owned businesses. “Indian Equity Fund Small Business Grants have been a success among Native businesses and have enabled those businesses to go to the next level of success,” said Little Shell Chippewa Tribal Chairman Gerald Gray. Sharon Small, Executive Director of The Peoples Partners for Community Development, added, “The Montana Indian Equity Fund Small Business Grants have been a huge asset to Indian Country and have helped several businesses fill the financial gap in either starting a business or expanding services.”

Grant recipients:

Blackfeet Tribe:
Chippewa Cree Tribe:
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes:
Crow Tribe:
Fort Belknap Indian Community:
Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes:
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe:
Northern Cheyenne Tribe:
The Indian Equity Fund is one of four financial assistance programs under the Office of Indian Country Economic Development at the Montana Department of Commerce. Other programs include the Native American Business Advisors Grant, Native American Collateral Support, and the Tribal Tourism Grant.
Learn more at the Office of Indian Country Economic Development website at BUSINESS.MT.GOV.

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