ATNI-EDC Newsletter & Happenings

It’s a beautiful, foggy day in Portland, and Pacific Northwest Tribes are gathering virtually for the ATNI Annual Convention. Take a look at our latest newsletter to read how we’re responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and entrepreneur impact stories. If you’re a small business, you can learn more about grants and loans that are available to address adverse effects due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have also hired a Community Development Specialist who will assist businesses access financial and technical assistance resources. Wishing everyone health and prosperity.

We’re Hiring!

ATNI-EDC is hiring a Community Development Specialist!

This position is responsible for supporting the survival and success of Native-owned businesses. This position offers an excellent opportunity to work hands-on with a historically marginalized population and technical assistance to emerging and established Native entrepreneurs that require support, especially those that have been compromised by the Covid-19 pandemic. For more information, please visit https://atniedc.com/jobs/.

Covid-19 Survey

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, real-time and accurate data on Native-owned businesses and entrepreneurs is more critical than ever. The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and NCAIED are asking small businesses and entrepreneurs to complete a 20-minute survey that focuses on the tribal business environment and the impact/needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon completion, you will be entered into a raffle that includes an iPad, airline tickets, and cash prizes up to $500.

All data will remain confidential and only aggregated results will be shared publicly. The deadline to complete the survey is 5:00 pm PDT on Friday, July 17.

To begin the survey, Click Here!

ATNI-EDC Selected to Distribute Grant Funds to Oregon Small Businesses

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ATNI-EDC is receiving $185,000 from Business Oregon to distribute to Native-owned small businesses in Oregon in the form of grants. Eligible businesses must be headquartered in Oregon, have 25 or fewer employees, demonstrate that they were adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and have not been able to access federal CARES Act Funding.

For more information, visit our website.

ATNI-EDC is still accepting applications for Forgivable Loans

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ATNI-EDC is still accepting applications for the ATNI-EDC Covid Response Emergency Forgivable Loans to support small, Native-owned businesses operating in Oregon. To date, the Committee has approved $23,000 in loans to small businesses.

With support from the Oregon Small Business Stabilization Fund, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corporation has established an Emergency Forgivable Loan to assist Native-owned small businesses operating in Oregon with COVID-19 relief efforts. Applications are due by 6/1/20.

For more information, please visit ATNI-EDC Covid-19 Response Emergency Forgivable Loan webpage.