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Mvskoke Loan Fund Hopes to Provide Business Training to Citizens, Communities

March 23, 2018

OKMULGEE, Okla. – The Mvskoke Loan Fund is hosting four Business Boot Camp Training Seminars featuring Indianpreneurship. These training events will occur across the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in an effort to provide business curriculum geared specifically to those interested in owning a business.

The Indianpreneurship is a business curriculum by ONABEN, Our Native American Business Network, which is usually taught in a 10-week course. However, the Mvskoke Loan Fund will be hosting four condensed, fast-paced courses over two days.

The first of the series will be held April 18 – 19, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Green Country Technology Center in Okmulgee, Okla. Continental breakfast and lunch will also be provided.

Mvskoke Loan Fund Chief Executive Officer Christopher Coburn said the training provided is not only for those interested in starting a small business, but for existing business owners, business students, as well as tribal communities looking for ways to grow.

The training is also not limited to MCN citizens or Native Americans; anyone may attend free of charge.

“We’re doing this as a service to the community, as well as to the citizens and to the greater community where Creek Nation reaches not just our citizens,” Coburn said. “It’s a fairly expensive curriculum and we’re not charging at all.

The curriculum covers the entire process of a small business start-up with a focus on the unique factors of owning a business; the case studies were developed with the needs of Native American entrepreneurs in mind.

“It addresses every aspect of business, financial accounting, your mission, market research and preparing financial documents,” Coburn said. “So, it really is a huge value, for the people and it’s an intense and very productive time. The students will gain tools that will immediately help them organize their goals into a comprehensive Business Plan.”

The first of the four scheduled sessions will be trained by REI Native American Business Centers staff.

As an added bonus, REI Tulsa is offering all Indianpreneurship graduates to attend a one-time QuickBooks, an accounting software, training session at no cost.

The three following events scheduled are below:

May 16 – 17, 2018 at River Spirit Casino in Tulsa, Okla., 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

June 19 – 20, 2018 at Indian Capital Technology Center in Muskogee, Okla., 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

July 18 – 19, 2018 at MCN Southern Regional Offices in Wetumka, Okla., 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

For more information or to register for the upcoming Indianpreneurship events, contact Mvskoke Loan Fund at 918-549-2603.

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