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The SBA & Sault Tribe Business Alliance enter new partnership;
Strategic Alliance affirms commitment to entrepreneurs

The U.S. Small Business Administration Michigan District will sign a Strategic Alliance Memorandum with the Sault Tribe Business Alliance, an association recently formed by the Sault Tribe Economic Development Corporation and focused on promoting businesses owned by members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The mutual commitment will create a framework in which the federal agency and the STBA will partner on programming and outreach that supports tribal small business owners. The organizations will work together with the primary goal of meeting the needs of the small business community.  

WHAT: Signing of a Strategic Alliance Memorandum between the SBA and the Sault Tribe Business Alliance

WHEN: 11:45 EDT, June 6, 2019 

WHERE: Sault Tribe Tamarack Business Center, 532 Ashmun, Sault Ste. Marie

WHO: Alan Barr, CEO of Concept Consulting and founding member of Sault Tribe Business Alliance, D. J. Hoffman, Vice Chair, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Joel Knilans, SBA National Rural Advocate, Constance Logan, SBA Michigan District Director

WHY: As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. The SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs facilitates full access to business growth and expansion tools for small businesses owned by Native Americans, consulting with tribes and supporting opportunities in entrepreneurship, contracting and business development.

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