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Contact: Kay Kidder – 208/843-7316, extension 2638
Offers Financial Literacy Class
LEWISTON - Want to start a business? Do you have an idea
that might sell during the Bicentennial but don’t know how to implement it?
Wondering where start-up money might come from? Lewis-Clark State, the Idaho
Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) and the Nez Perce Tribe have come
up with a way to help you. The three entities are forming a collaboration to
assist anyone, particularly members of the tribe, interested in business
development. Yesterday, the first meeting of the Entrepreneurial Development
Group was held.
Kay Kidder, an enthusiastic member of the tribe’s Education Department in
Lapwai, led the meeting. Others present who will assist the group were
LCSC’s Mary Emery, Director of Community Development/Grants and Contracts,
Jill Jorgenson, ISBDC Regional Director, and Cassandra Kipp, Economic
Development Planner with the Nez Perce Tribe.
Those in attendance met the two goals of this first meeting. They committed
to a monthly meeting schedule and they made plans to hold two invaluable
training courses for beginning business people.
The first course focuses on “financial literacy” and covers such topics as
budgeting and developing good credit. The class runs May 9 through June 27.
The second class, called Next Level, is about developing a business. Ten
weeks long, it will cover management, organization, marketing and
financials. Touting the value of this class, Jill Jorgensen says, “Next
Level courses are offered in 35 states; having taken the course definitely
assists people in securing loans.” Schedules for the classes are
One idea for a future meeting is a field trip to a highly successful Indian
business in Pendleton.
Much of the inspiration to form the group came from the Oregon Native
American Business Enterprise Network, an organization dedicated to Indian
entrepreneurs. To learn more about the organization and what it offers,
visit the web site at: www.onaben.com.
The next meeting of the group will be held Wednesday, May 29. For more
information, contact Kay Kidder at 843-7316, extension 2638.