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Tribal member business owners meeting set for April 30

PABLO— Tribal member-owned businesses comprise the most underdeveloped sector of the Tribal economy on the Flathead Reservation, and are about to get some much needed attention. On April 30, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Lefthand and Pablo conference rooms at the Tribal Complex (the old Council chambers), the Tribal Economic Development Office will host a conference with Tribal member business owners.

By working with Tribal business owners and Tribal members interested in starting their own businesses, the Economic Development Office hopes to gain insights on how to better support their needs. The meeting will include presentations about existing grant programs, technical assistance providers, and other resources available to assist business owners. In addition, there will be presentations and open discussions pertaining to Tribal Procurement Policy, the Indian Preference Ordinance and regulations, and an overview of what the Tribal government purchases, and which businesses are currently the biggest suppliers. Tribal business owners will have the opportunity to talk about their experiences and offer suggestions as to how the Tribal government might better support the development of their businesses.

In addition to the Economic Development Office (EDO), representatives from the Tribal Council, Tribal Credit, Eagle Bank, and S&K Holding/Sovereign Leasing will be on hand to answer questions about support services that are currently available. Lunch will be provided.

If you have any questions, please contact: Greg DuMontier, CSKT EDO Consultant, 249-9701,; Joe Dupuis, EDO Director, 675-2700, ext. 1342,; or Janet Camel, EDO Planning Director, 675-2700, ext. 1256,

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