LAS CRUCES — The Minority Business Development Agency recently awarded New Mexico State University’s American Indian Business Enterprise a $600,000 grant over two years to increase and support Native American student entrepreneurs across New Mexico. -Mexico.
AIBE has partnered with Navajo Technical University, Community Capital of New Mexico, and Indian Resource Development to help provide services to the Native community with an emphasis on culturally appropriate and relevant content .
“A historic lack of public, private and not-for-profit sector underinvestment in Indigenous communities has inhibited the development of strong policies, resources and infrastructure needed to leverage entrepreneurial talent for sustainable economic development,” said Henry Jake Foreman, New Mexico Community Capital. program director. “This grant will continue to support Indigenous businesses and strengthen local entrepreneurial ecosystems by improving digital and financial literacy skills as well as developing a network of mentors and subject matter experts. At New Mexico Community Capital, we are grateful for this collaboration with AIBE to grow together.
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As part of the Arrowhead Center and NMSU, AIBE enables its clients to access all of the resources that the Arrowhead Center offers, while leveraging knowledge and organizational assets to better serve the residents of the 19 pueblos of the New Mexico, the three Apache tribes and the Navajo nation. Selected AIBE clients will be able to complete the pathway program with partners New Mexico Community Capital and Indian Resources Development. The program includes courses in financial business fundamentals and digital media marketing, and culminates in the five-week Native American Sprint.
“Indian Resource Development at NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences commends its partner AIBE for the hard work in starting and developing the program during the pandemic,” said Claudia Trueblood, Director Indian resource development. “We are grateful to the Minority Business Development Agency for continuing to support Native American entrepreneurs across New Mexico. Indian Resources Development is committed to continue working with AIBE in its efforts to support more businesses and help them connect with other valuable partners.
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“We plan to continue to defend the interests of Aboriginal communities in terms of entrepreneurship. Connectedness is a distinction that makes Indigenous culture unique,” said Rachel Livingston, Arrowhead Center Program Specialist and Diné of Naaneesht’ézhi Táchii’nii. “It’s about being inclusive, expansive and universal. AIBE will continue to provide resources that value unique ideology and worldviews by soliciting input from Indigenous leaders and community. »
Cassie McClure writes for the Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University and can be reached at [email protected]