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Tribal member business owners receive CSKT business grants

From CSKT Economic Development Office

PABLO—The Tribal Council has awarded five new grants to Tribal-member business owners.  These awards range from $3,000 to $7,000 each and are part of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ (CSKT) Economic Development Office (EDO) Indian Business Assistance Project.

The grant recipients for 2017 are:  Ira Matt, Flathead Organics; Courtney Couture and Ayla Kendall, The Bird Bar and Grill; Keya Birdsbill and Louis Camel, Water People Tours; Ken Camel, Mission Valley Boxing; and James Dempsey, J.D. Enterprises Health and Wealth Consultant. These grants require a minimum dollar-to-dollar match from the business owners.

The Tribal Council and Economic Development Office congratulate the grantees and encourage everyone to support these new and expanding Tribal member-owned businesses, as well as all Tribal entrepreneurs whose hard work and dedication contribute significantly to the Flathead Reservation economy. 

This is the sixth small business grant project administered by the Tribes’ EDO, and nearly 50 grants have been awarded to Tribal member business owners since 2011. S&K Business Services’ subsidiary company, Sovereign Leasing and Financing, Inc., has provided technical assistance to many of these grantees.

This latest grant project is primarily funded by a new grant agreement with the Montana Department of Commerce State Tribal Economic Development Commission. The Commission had received special funding several years ago that allowed tribes to set aside a portion of their awarded Indian Country Economic Development state planning grant funds that would be matched by the special fund, essentially doubling a tribe’s investment, if the funds would be used to assist small businesses.

CSKT was one of only a few Montana tribes to take advantage of this investment opportunity. With a cash investment of only $27,000, the CSKT EDO has obtained over $170,000 that will fund this small business grant program for at least four years.
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