Five graduate from Entreprenurial course


By Heidi Cuny

On June 21, 2012, Four Bands Community Fund hosted a graduation ceremony at their new training center for five local residents who completed the five-week Cheyenne River Entrepreneurial Assistance Training and Education (CREATE) course. The five graduates (Trini Birdnecklace, Margaret Brings Plenty, Kimberly Hayes, Halley Maynard, and Brady Ward) received valuable knowledge that will assist them in starting or expanding a business on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. 
To date, over 300 individuals have graduated the CREATE program. “With each graduating class, we are strengthening our local economy by giving our people the skills and knowledge they need to undertake an entrepreneurial venture,” says Cora Mae Haskell, Asset Development Coordinator at Four Bands who teaches the CREATE course. She also adds, “Running a successful business is no easy task. Our local entrepreneurs deserve to be commended for their determination and perseverance.”
Each of the CREATE graduates took an idea and developed it into a business plan and also explored all facets of the business, such as marketing, operations, and capitalization. This most recent group of graduates will either start up or expand a teepee and tent rental business, a hunting lodge and youth camp, daycare service, and art and craft retail outlet. 
The next CREATE class is scheduled to start in September. Interested parties can contact Four Bands at

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