Founded by American Express in 2010 and officially cosponsored by SBA since 2011, Small Business Saturday has become an important part of small businesses’ busiest shopping season. Historically, reported projected spending among U.S. consumers who shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday reached an estimated $23.3 billion. Saturday, November 26, 2022 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. This year, we know that small businesses need our support now more than ever as they navigate, retool and pivot from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Small businesses are defined as firms with fewer than 500 employees.
- There are over 33,600 Native American small businesses within the USET region, representing 31% of all Native American small businesses in the US.
- 12.8 million small businesses are in the USET region, representing 99.5% of all businesses.
- 61% of US small exporting firms are in the USET region, exporting goods worth $224.7 billion, or 49% of all US small firms exported goods worth.
- 87.2% of all exporters in the USET region are small business.
On this Page
- Entrepreneurial Resources
- Access to Capital
- Small Business Spotlight
- Initiatives and Call to Action
- Articles, Podcasts, Publications
- Native Learning Center
- Red Wind
- Sister Sky
- Small Business Administration Office of Native American Affairs
- Small Business Development Center
Access to Capital
CDFIs in the USET Region:
- Four Directions Development Corporation
- Seneca Nation of Indians Economic Development Company
- Sequoyah Fund
Visit the Native CDFI Network’s website to find a CDFI in your region.
Tribal Nation citizen entrepreneurship is an important element in supporting the growth of self-sustaining Tribal Nation economies, communities and families. Entrepreneurship can help establish economic independent on Tribal Nation homelands. And having entrepreneurial diversity strengthens the entrepreneurial landscape of the diversity of ideas.
About me and my business: We are Sugar Kelp Farmers. Sugar Kelp seaweed farming aligns us with our history, culture and traditions. It also sequesters carbon and captures nitrogen, producing oxygen. We are a seed to sale, multigenerational collective of six indigenous women addressing climate crisis.
My tip for online growth/audience engagement: Posting, outreach, follow up. We network with like minded scholars, ecologists, environmentalist, land back advocates and water protectors that support our efforts to save Mother Earth
My advice: Be in alignment with Creator, attract like minded allies, build partnerships, consider and protect sovereignty in all you do.
Where to find me: Yes events are key to our educational initiatives and success of our messaging and product marketing, but we are not scheduled as yet.
About me and my business: My Name is Justine Osceola. I’m a Seminole Indian woman on a mission to provide the best soaps Mother Earth could offer. I love to teach & encourage self love & self care beginning with our cleansing routine.
My tip for online growth/audience engagement: My best tip for online growth is to keep networking. Creating engagement through emails & posts to keep your audience updated on your products also helps. I personally love to engage with my followers in person & through events where I can meet & greet and have a real in person experience!
My advice: My best advice for aspiring Native entrepreneurs is to do what you love! Believe in yourself & start now… Ready or not! Let’s take action daily towards our goals and surely we will move forward with success!
Where to find me: I’ve already started this year kicking off with Earth Day 2022 at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum On The Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation. Also I’ll be attending the Gathering Of Nations Powwow In Albuquerque New Mexico. My first big events since Covid began!
- Website: https://www.madebyjustineo.com/
- Facebook: @MadeByJustineO
- Twitter: @Madebyjustineo
- Instagram: @Madebyjustineo
Initiatives and Calls to Actions
Articles, Podcasts, Books
- The “Long Awaiting” — Lifting Up Native Voices for Economic Justice
- Helping Native Business Owners Thrive: How to Build a Supportive Ecosystem
- Moving Beyond the 5 C’s of Lending: A New Model of Credit for Indian Country
- American Indian Business: Principles and Practices by Deanna M. Kennedy, Charles F. Harrington, Amy Klemm Verbos, Daniel Stewart, Joseph Scott Gladstone, Gavin Clarkson
- Creating Private Sector Economies in Native America: Sustainable Development through Entrepreneurship by Robert J. Miller, Miriam Jorgensen, Daniel Stewart
- Reservation “Capitalism”: Economic Development in Indian Country by Robert J. Miller
- Business Success Secrets: Entrepreneurial Thinking That Works