Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage Month! Join us as we celebrate the month and show our support for Native-owned businesses.

Why is it Important to Support Native-Owned Businesses? 

As projected by the U.S. Census Bureau, the American Indian and Alaska Native population will reach 10 million people by 2060. With this population growth, entrepreneurship among Native Americans is likely to rise. Unfortunately, growth for businesses in Native American communities may be slowed as a result of the limited business networks available, isolated geography, and a lack of financing. As a community, it is important that we come together to find ways to show our support for Native-owned businesses as they continue to grow. 

7 Ways to Start Showing Your Support

Listen and Learn

Taking time to listen to the stories and learn from the experiences of others is an important part of personal and professional growth. To small business owners, this concept is nothing new. As we celebrate Native-owned businesses this month, we encourage you to take a deep dive into the history, culture, and stories of Native Americans. Start your journey with PBS’ collection of films and stories for Native American Heritage Month!

Where Are You Standing?

Land Acknowledgment is a traditional custom in Native communities that dates back centuries. Today, it is a way for both Natives and non-Natives to recognize and appreciate the history of the land they stand on. Find out which indigenous territory you are standing on with Native Land Digital.

Boost Native Voices Online

It is never a bad decision to use your own platform to advocate for and boost the voices of others. Empowering Native entrepreneurs by sharing their stories and messages is an effective way to show your support for Native-owned businesses. 

If You See It, Share It

This month especially, chances are you will most likely be seeing an abundance of information on social media regarding Native American Heritage Month. Whether you see a post about resources, businesses to support, or even a Native entrepreneur posting something about their business, share it. One share or retweet can go a long way. 

Tap Into The Power of Social Media

Find some local Native-owned businesses in your area to follow and engage with on social media. 

Use Your Own Small Business

As a small business, it is also beneficial to form business connections with other small businesses around you. Take the extra step and seek out Native-owned businesses in your community and reach out to them! Along with forming business connections, you can use your platform to host a partnership giveaway to highlight both of your goods and services.

Make an Effort to Support Native-Owned Businesses this Holiday

Black Friday is approaching! There is no better time to shop than during the holiday season. This year, make an effort to support some Native-owned businesses as you do your holiday shopping. 

Native-Owned Resources

Visit our Minority-Owned Businesses page for a list of business resources specifically made for Native entrepreneurs.

Sources

https://countway.harvard.edu/news/native-american-heritage-month-brief-timeline

https://www.edi.nih.gov/blog/communities/native-american-heritage-timeline-20th-%E2%80%93-21st-century

https://www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2021/aian-month.html

https://www.ncai.org/about-tribes/demographics#:~:text=By%202060%2C%20the%20projected%20U.S.,2.4%25%20of%20the%20U.S.%20population

https://americanindian.si.edu/nk360/informational/land-acknowledgement

https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-ways-to-celebrate-native-american-history-and-culture-in-orange-county/

Looking to start or grow your business?

We at the Orange County Inland Empire SBDC, are here to help you with every aspect of your business to help it grow and become successful.
Give us a call at 1-800-616-7232 or schedule a quick, 15-minute intake appointment at ociesbdc.org/consultation to see how we can help you start, grow, and succeed.