Oregon Native Enterprise
The O.N.E. Coalition
The Oregon Native American Chamber and several other native and enterprise-serving organizations have come together to develop a statewide plan to help Native Americans engage actively in our economy, including becoming entrepreneurs as well as investors. The coalition has been named the Coalition for Oregon Native Enterprise or ONE Coalition.
ONE Coalition has taken a leadership role in ensuring Oregon Native Americans have access to business development programming. It is seeking partnerships, funding, and contributors to implement an innovative new initiative that begins by leveraging existing programs from collaborating organizations and then takes advantage of statewide engagement plans from aligned state agencies. This initiative fosters comprehensive programs, services, training, technical assistance, and legal support to existing and emerging Native American entrepreneurs in Oregon. The suite of services will be offered in 2018 within a cohort model to increase learning outcomes and support.
The Oregon Native American Chamber (ONAC) is gathering data to inform the development of a new program for American Indian/ Alaska Native (AI/AN) entrepreneurs and AI/ AN-owned small businesses across the State. In our effort to better serve this population, we need to also understand where AI/AN people are going to meet their enterprise development needs.
Survey responses are confidential but not anonymous (i.e. it’s important to us to be able to share who has participated in the survey but protect the anonymity of those who share their candid responses). Your survey responses will help ONAC determine how this new program complements the important services you already provide.
As a thank you for completing this survey, you will be sent an ONAC Gift Package (valued at $60). Instructions for receiving this gift are at the end of the survey.
Thank you again for your time and willingness to participate.
– Oregon Native American Chamber
The ONE Coalition Project is a full year of programming, offered in cohorts for group support and improved learning. It begins with the programs of our initial partners, and their suite of programs. These have been placed on a continuum of enterprise development, from initial exploration to preparing for startup funding. A review of all areas that would impact the success and growth of an entrepreneur in Indian Country have identified gaps in this continuum, so additional programming will be developed to fill these gaps. Additional support is planned from partners such as one-on-one technical assistance consulting, statewide gatherings, and myriad pop-up workshops (legal, social media, etc.).
Other partners have committed to serving as either advisors or resource providers, including the Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), the Secretary of State’s Office of Small Business, a number of Economic Development Districts, and many others. Formal and informal networking opportunities will connect entrepreneurs to one another and state, local, and federal agencies aimed at increasing and leveraging their business prospects with similar business as well as clusters of businesses.