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The State of Michigan is home to 12 federally recognized Indian tribes each with unique historical, cultural and political structures. The MEDC’s Tribal Business Development Strategy, initiated in 2010, is to be a resource to Michigan’s federally recognized tribes in achieving sustainable tribal economies through business diversification, and to build state-tribal relationships that foster business development beyond gaming.
Specific initiatives within the strategy are designed to create greater awareness and leveraging of resources, generate contracting opportunities, facilitate tribal participation in emerging/growth sectors of Michigan’s economy, promote entrepreneurship in Indian country, and develop strategic partnerships.
May 7-8, 2014Battle Creek, MI4th Annual MEDC Tribal Economic Forum
Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance ProgramUnder the Planning program EDA assists eligible recipients in creating regional economic development plans designed to stimulate and guide the economic development efforts of a community or region. As part of this program, EDA supports Partnership Planning investments to facilitate the development, implementation, revision, or replacement of Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS), which articulate and prioritize the strategic economic goals of recipients' respective regions. EDA provides Partnership Planning grants to Indian Tribes to help develop and implement CEDS and associated economic development activities. The Local Technical Assistance program strengthens the capacity of local or State organizations, institutions of higher education, and other eligible recipients to undertake and promote effective economic development programs through projects such as feasibility analyses and impact studies.
Applications are accepted on a continuing basis and processed as received. This Planning and Local Technical Assistance opportunity will remain in effect until superseded by a future announcement. Award ceiling is $100,000.
Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) ProgramThe RBEG program provides grants for rural projects that finance and facilitate development of small and emerging rural businesses, help fund distance learning networks, and help fund employment related adult education programs. To assist with business development, RBEGs may fund a broad array of activities.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System: Growing Economies in Indian CountryTribal Resources within U.S. Federal AgenciesUS Small Business Administration (SBA) SBA Office of Native American AffairsSBA 8(a) Business Development ProgramUnited States Department of Agriculture (USDA) USDA Office of Tribal RelationsUS Department of Energy - Tribal Energy ProgramUS Department of Interior - Office of Indian Energy and Economic DevelopmentUS Department of Housing & Urban Development - Office of Native American Programs
The State of Michigan Tribal GovernmentsMichigan Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC)State Executive Department Tribal CoordinatorsMichigan USDA Rural DevelopmentMichigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget – Contract Connect
Guide on Incentives for Joint Ventures with Tribes Tribal Business Structures GuidebookFACC-PTAC Tribal Procurement Technical Assistance CenterNational Congress of American Indians (NCAI)Native American Contractors Association (NACA)The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED)
Tom Durkee, Project Manager, Tribal Business Development
Michigan's Federally Recognized Indian Tribes
300 N. Washington Sq., Lansing, MI 48913