Tools and Resources ED

Office of Economic Development

Tools & Resources

Resource Documents


Business Structure Handbook

CEDS Central – Resource and Training Archive from NADO Research Foundation

Economic Development Administration CEDS Standards of Excellence

Access to Capital Report

CDFI One Pager

Tribal Economic Development Principles At a Glance Series:

For Tribal Economic Development Directors

Financing a Tribal or Native-owned Business

Making an Effective Business Presentation

Choosing a Tribal Business Structure

Comprehensive Tribal Community Planning

The Importance of Feasibility Studies

Procurement Opportunities for Native Americans

Why Tribes Should Adopt a Secured Transactions Code

The U.S. Census Bureau has the data you need! If you are you looking for market data to help you start or grow your business, Census Business Builder, from the U.S. Census Bureau, can help. Census Business Builder: Small Business Edition provides easy access to information on your potential customers and other similar businesses in your area. Find how much consumers in your area spend on eating out, how old the average home is in your county, or how many fast food restaurants there are in your zip code.

Access to Capital and Credit in Native Communities Report May 23, 2016

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) educational handbook, Case Studies in Tribal Agritourism – January 2021

American Indian Business Alliance Indian Country’s Premier Business Directory May 2016

Community Development Insights Report on Commercial Lending in Indian Country February 2016

2018 Farm Bill Policy Guide and Model Hemp Production Plan

USDA Clarifies Industrial Hemp Production for Indian Tribes – May 28, 2019
* DTLL May 2019 Hemp Production

Five Tips For Ethical Practices When Doing Business In Indian Country April 2018

Native American Banking Resource Directory February 2016

IRS Releases Employment Tax Training for Tribes

IRS Employment Tax Desk Guide (Revised 3-2011)

Housing Assistance Council (HAC) Report (May 2018): Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities for Mortgage Finance in Indian Country

Native News Online Article December 16, 2019: Opening a Business on Native American Land

Links to other Resources


Department of Agriculture (Agriculture)

Administration for Native American (ANA)

Census Bureau (Census)

Department of Commerce (Commerce)

Economic Development Administration (EDA)

Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED)

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) 

Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

Small Business Administration (SBA)


Non Federal

Alaska Native American Indian Tourism Association (AIANTA)

The Harvard Project, Honoring Nations Nation Building Toolbox

International Economic Development Council (IEDC)

Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank – Center for Indian Country Development (CICD)

Native American Contractors Association (NACA) 

Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA)

Native American Financial Services Association

Native BusinessTM

National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED)

National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development – Procurement Technical Assistance Center (NCAIED-PTAC)

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)