2014 Will Be Strong

2014 is going to be great for Tribes in the Pacific Northwest because resources are strong to support economic development.  I look forward to watching the progress of the Tribal C-Store Summit Group and Native CDFIs as they continue to build-out the support infrastructure to help Tribes grow. 

The Tribal C-Store Summit Group (TCSSG) began in 2009 and is a voluntary group of employees, enterprise leaders, and managers working for tribally owned businesses involved in the convenience store sector.  The TCSSG communicates inter-tribally on best practices and leverages collective power of the group to attract in-store promotions for the purpose of financial benefit to each respective Tribe.  The TCSSG has almost 30 member tribes and regularly attracts 100+ attendees per tri-annual meeting.  www.tribalsummitgroup.com

Native CDFIs are community development financial institutions lending to tribes and tribal member owned businesses.  There are a handful of CDFIs getting stronger every year as they attract dollars from tribal governments and make loans to businesses having the effect of creating and preserving jobs. 

CDFI Name:                             Service Area:         Website:

Taala Fund                               Quinault                taalafund.org

Chehalis Tribal Loan Fund        Chehalis                chehalistriballoanfund.org

Lummi CDFI                              Lummi                   lummicdfi.org

Northwest Native                      Colville                  thenndf.org                                    Development Loan Fund

ATNI Loan Fund            Washington, Oregon, Idaho; atnitribes.org/revolving-loan-fund                                 

Tribal governments and members can drive their own economic development by understanding the resources available to them.