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(Neb)-Chadron Native American Center Gets $158,000 Business Dev Grant

By: John Axtell Posted at: 09/13/2018 12:14 AM
CHADRON -  USDA Rural Development has awarded the Chadron Native American Center a $158,000 business development loan that will be focused on Native American-owned businesses and entrepreneurs 5 counties in 2 states - Dawes and Sheridan in Nebraska and Bennett, Jackson, and Oglala Lakota in South Dakota.

      It's expected to assist at least 9 businesses and create or save 18.5 full-time equivalent jobs in the next three years through training and supporting small business owners with marketing skills, value-added food production training, and the creation of a makerspace to create arts and crafts.

     The makerspace will accommodate additional training areas including a kitchen area for training on food products to be sold at farmers markets in conjunction with value-added food production training will focus on local wild fruits that can be picked and turned into jams, jellies, and syrups.

     The marketing skills training will include digital marketing training as well as various live marketing training exercises where hands-on training will be provided to the Native American entrepreneurs and businesses.

       Nebraska U-S Senator Deb Fischer of Valentine calls the grant "well-deserved" and says it will help the Chadron Native American Center build and grow Native American businesses by bringing in training and support...adding that she's hopeful it  will lead to more prosperity and opportunity in the community.


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