Haskell Hosts Entrepreneurship Conference

Nov 15th, 1998 | By | Category: 10-2: Assessing Student Learning in a Cultural Environment, Tribal College News

The Haskell Indian Nations University Business Department and Center for Tribal Entrepreneurial Studies held a national conference for tribes focused upon “Entrepreneurship: Strategies for Tribal Economic Self-Sufficiency” in Lawrence, Kan., September 21-23, 1998.

The conference was designed to strengthen partnerships between tribal governments and educational institutions to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit within Native communities. Many tribes are at the beginning of this entrepreneurial development, and they need to leverage scarce resources. The conference was designed to help them create an entrepreneurial community through strategic vision and planning, according to conference planner Cheryl Chuckluck of Haskell.Keynote speakers at the conference were Phillip Martin, chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, and Tim Giago, publisher of Indian Country Today, a nationwide, privately owned bi-monthly newspaper. Additionally, a special session “Financial Stewardship of Tribal Assets” was presented by Dr. Jeff Timmons, of Babson College, along with Mike Herman and Mary McLean, who are associated with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Their discussion shared insights, prevailing practices, guidelines, and experiences of how leading foundations, pension funds, and universities manage their endowment funds. The conference also offered breakout sessions on planning strategically, creating legal infrastructure, creating capital infrastructure, creating successful tribal business ventures, and technology for entrepreneurship.

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