SIPI Produces CD for Native Entrepreneurs

Aug 15th, 2005 | By | Category: 17-1: Telling Our Stories, Tribal College News

A new CD aims to train Native entrepreneurs in starting, developing, and maintaining their own businesses. Called CD Business Tool, the product is a cooperative effort of Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI, Albuquerque, NM) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Native American Affairs, as part of their “Empowering Tribal Communities: One Entrepreneur at a Time” small business training program.

The CD has four modules that cover business basics, planning, marketing, and financial and legal matters. SIPI SBA Project Director Lester Kevin Tsosie (Navajo), MPA, MBA, says Native entrepreneurs from many tribes were consulted and then showcased on the CD.

With funding from SBA, SIPI had previously developed a culturally-relevant, small business training program to deliver at 100 different locations.

By interacting with Native entrepreneurs from many tribes, the team integrated different elements of training and learning into the multi-media CD. An entrepreneur can use this CD to learn about starting, developing, and maintaining a business through the training modules, create a business plan, or identify resources for his or her business. The CD also showcases successful Native business owners.

“We hope that by providing business tools like the CD Business Tool, we empower tribal communities to develop sustaining economies that enhance quality of life for all tribal members,” Tsosie says.

For more information on the SIPI SBA project and CD, contact the SIPI SBA Project, P.O. Box 10146, Albuquerque, NM 87184; call (505) 922-4085, or visit the project website at

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