Published July 1, 2011 | July 2011 issue
Pamela Standing, a partner in the Minneapolis Fed's efforts to facilitate the development of private sector economies in Indian Country, has received the U.S. Small Business Administration's 2011 Minority Small Business Champion Award for Minnesota. The Minority Small Business Champion Award is presented annually in each state to an individual who is an outstanding advocate for minority-owned small businesses. Standing, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, has worked in American Indian education, grassroots organizing, and tribal economic development since 1991. She is cofounder and cochair of the Minnesota Indian Business Alliance (MNIBA), a statewide collaborative that works to promote American Indian business development. Prior to the 2008 launch of MNIBA, Standing served as executive director of the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce.