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Forbes Magazine recently reported that, according to the Small Business Administration, firms owned by Native Americans and Alaska Natives grew by 15 percent from 2007 to 2012, which are the most recent figures available. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were an estimated 29,089 American Indian and Alaska Native-owned businesses in the U.S. in 2016.

Entrepreneurship is the act of recognizing a great opportunity and having the resources and support to make that opportunity happen. An entrepreneurial mindset brings new ideas to the market, helps people become better employees, builds stronger companies and more resilient economies.

Blue Stone can help your Tribe create and implement programs to find, support, and grow businesses in their communities. Starting with a facilitated review session to map the resources in the area, we help identify the existing business mix and develop strategic priorities based on the entrepreneurs’ desires and your Tribe’s specific needs.

With potential funding opportunities available through a variety of Tribal, state, federal and non-profit sources, our Entrepreneur Bootcamps can be a cost efficient way to bring products and services to market through cost analysis, customer identification, production and competitive positioning, to name just a few.

Moreover, our workshops are flexible and can be customized from several days up to six weeks to fit the needs of your community. These may include combinations of business plan bootcamps, accelerators, business incubators, co-working spaces, innovation hubs, CDFI’s, sovereign funds, idea pitches, mentor networks, one-on-one training and cluster groups.

Every situation is unique and Blue Stone has the expertise to create the right program mix that evolves with the entrepreneurs of your Tribe.

Identifying and capitalizing on opportunities that support individual members’ growth and to the collective sustainability of a nation has never been more important for Tribal economic development and diversification.

Potential is universal and the next game changing idea can come from anywhere. Make sure the opportunity inherent in your Tribe has the chance to grow.

If your Tribe is looking to support local entrepreneurs and building new employment opportunities for your community, then our Entrepreneur Bootcamp is for you!

Call us today at (949) 476-8828 or email to schedule an appointment today!