ONABEN and Four Bands offer free business training in Eagle Butte


Submitted by Heather Rademacher Taylor, ONABEN

 Eagle Butte, SD – ONABEN – A Native American Business Network is pleased to announce travel to Eagle Butte to present a small business development workshop at the Four Bands Community Fund Training Room on Friday, April 26 (9am-4pm) and Saturday, April 27 (9am-4pm).

ONABEN will offer a FREE two-day course for small business development. All “Indianpreneurs” are invited to attend and strongly encouraged to register. The training workshop will benefit anyone who operates or is considering operating a small business.

This workshop, one of 23 ONABEN will hold this year, will cover business concepts indispensable for anyone starting-up or running a small business.  Instructors will also identify and help participants avoid common pitfalls. The training will provide comprehensive information on topics important to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners related to business planning, access to capital, basic bookkeeping, human resources, problem solving and marketing a small business.

The event will be presented by ONABEN – A Native American Business Network, RedWind Consulting and the Four Bands Community Fund, and is sponsored by the SBA’s Office of Native Affairs. The event is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. All class materials and food will be provided to participants free of charge.

“Four Bands is honored to host the ‘Growing Your Business’ workshop with ONABEN. Since most of our businesses are in the expansion stages, we feel this training will provide insights and best practices for taking your business to the next level,” says Lakota Mowrer, Assistant Director of Four Bands. Veronica Hix, Executive Director for ONABEN agrees and looks forward to working with Four Bands on this training.

To reserve a space at the workshop, contact Lonnie Brewer at 605.964.2722. Registration information is needed by April 19th to ensure enough class materials for all participants.

ONABEN is a 501(c)(3) corporation headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and was created in 1991 by four Oregon Indian tribes to encourage the development of a private sector on their reservations.  ONABEN provides curriculum, training and organizational consulting focused on developing entrepreneurship in Indian communities.  ONABEN serves Indian business development organizations and entrepreneurs nationally through its Indianpreneurship® curriculum.  The group is driven by its mission to assist Native Americans build assets by realizing the dream of owning their own business. 

For more information about ONABEN, please visit


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