Earlier this week, the UHN Administration received notice that the Tribe was successful in its application to the US Department of Education's Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program. The purpose of the grant is to provide "Starting A Business" classes and workshops for tribal citizens residing within the UHN Service Area to determine if they are ready to begin a small business. The Service Area encompasses St. Mary, Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes.
For those attendees who are ready to move to the next stages of planning and development, more advanced one-on-one technical assistance will be provided. Mr. Robert Lieb, Executive Director of the Saktce-ho'ma Opportunity Fund, will lead the workshops and training and coordinate other resources to assist individuals with small business start-up, such as using Quickbooks to manage small business finances and creating a websites to obtain greater marketing reaching.
The one year, $89,520 award will ensure classes are held in all six parishes and at least 10-12 Native American Entrepreneur's receive these comprehensive services leading to 10-12 new small tribal businesses launched as a result of the project.
For more information or to sign-up to participate in this project, please contact Rob Lieb by email HERE or call him at (985)223-3093.