2012 Assets Learning Conference

Entrepreneurship Development Systems: Creating Strong Native Economies

September 20, 2012  9:30 am - 10:45 am

Room: Virginia B

Partners in the S.A.G.E. (Strengthening and Growing Entrepreneurship) Collaborative, one of six Entrepreneurship Development Systems funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will present the findings from their three-year project to create a seamless system of business development products and services for entrepreneurs in Native American communities. The presenters, a Native Community Development Financial Institution and Native Artisan Business support provider, have taken the lessons of the S.A.G.E. Collaborative and developed new strategies to help entrepreneurs in rural Native American communities eradicate barriers to funding and building their businesses. Presenters will describe these strategies in depth and how they have enabled entrepreneurs to access capital and business development services to create and expand viable rural reservation economies.


  • Tanya Fiddler, Four Bands Community Fund
  • Lori Pourier, First Peoples Fund
  • Jennifer Medina, Assets for Independence Program, Office of Community Services (Moderator)
 This session is sponsored by IDA sponsor, the Assets for Independence Program.