Seeking Wisconsin’s Native Entrepreneurs in Statewide Pitch ConteST
Curtis DeCora | April 4, 2023
Black River Falls, Wis—First Native Community Financial today announced a collaboration with Native American Tourism of Wisconsin (NATOW) and SCORE Mentors to provide Native American entrepreneurs in Wisconsin with an opportunity to win one of two $5,000 prizes for business planning and development. This competition is open to start-ups, developing businesses, growing businesses or businesses looking to expand their operations.
All aspiring or established Native American entrepreneurs in the state of Wisconsin are strongly encouraged to register and participate in workshops and mentoring that will help you develop your idea into a strong business plan and pitch to compete for a chance to win at NATOW’s annual conference on June 21, 2023, at the Menominee Convention Center in Keshena, Wisconsin.
First Nations Community Financial was a recipient of the Wisconsin Department of Administration Diverse Business Assistance and Diverse Business Investment grants in the amount of $2.85M. Those funds go to help support aspiring and established Native American entrepreneurs across the entire state of Wisconsin.
We will provide in-person workshops revolving around business planning and pitching business ideas. These workshops will provide participants support, resources and virtual learning opportunities, as well as requirements scoring matrix.
Workshops will be conducted in the 11 tribal communities throughout the state of Wisconsin, and participation and registration is required to be part of the contest.
First Nations Community Financial has a goal of helping start, grow or expand 100 Native American owned businesses by December 31, 2024 and the business plan pitch contest is just one of many initiatives that will surface throughout the year.
The Native American Tourism of Wisconsin has added ‘Economic Development’ to their annual initiatives making this a prime collaboration opportujnity to bring more awareness and spotlight on the Native American entrepreneurs across the state of Wisconsin. SCORE Mentors will also join in on the action and help provide support, 1-on-1 mentoring, instruction in the workshops as well as help judge the pitches on the pitch contest date.
To learn more about the Wisconsin Native Business Plan Pitch Contest, go to www.FirstNationsFinancial.org This is absolutely free to any and all Native American entrepreneurs in the state of Wisconsin enrolled in a federally recognized tribe.
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