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.