Indian Business Alliances

The Center builds on the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis’s tradition of community and economic development work in American Indian reservations and other Native American communities. That tradition includes serving as a founding member and co-leader of several Indian Business Alliances. These statewide coalitions of tribes, financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, corporations, colleges and universities, and government agencies work to maximize and develop resources that encourage and support Native small business owners and entrepreneurs. Although each alliance has created a unique communication, networking, and initiative platform, all have pledged to continue working on the four building blocks of a model for sustainable development in Indian Country: governance, infrastructure, finance, and resources.

For more on the objectives and work of the Indian Business Alliances, see Partnering to Diversify and Strengthen Indian Country Economies: Indian Business Alliances, October 2009 [pdf].

For information or technical assistance on developing an Indian Business Alliance, contact:

Sandy Gerber
Community Development Senior Project Manager
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
612-204-5166

Sandra.Gerber@mpls.frb.org

Active Indian Business Alliances in the Ninth Federal Reserve District

Minnesota Indian Business Alliance

Established 2008

Minnesota Indian Business Alliance
Contact:

Sandy Gerber
Community Development Senior Project Manager
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
612-204-5166

Sandra.Gerber@mpls.frb.org

Montana Indian Business Alliance    

Established 2006

Montana Indian Business Alliance
Contact:

Sandy Gerber
Community Development Senior Project Manager
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
612-204-5166

Sandra.Gerber@mpls.frb.org

North Dakota Indian Business Alliance    

Established 2012

North Dakota Indian Business Alliance
Contact:

Sandy Gerber
Community Development Senior Project Manager
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
612-204-5166

Sandra.Gerber@mpls.frb.org

South Dakota Indian Business Alliance    

Established 2007

South Dakota Indian Business Alliance
Contact:

Sandy Gerber
Community Development Senior Project Manager
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
612-204-5166

Sandra.Gerber@mpls.frb.org

Wisconsin Indian Business Alliance

Established 2013

Wisconsin Indian Business Alliance
Contact:

Sandy Gerber
Community Development Senior Project Manager
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
612-204-5166

Sandra.Gerber@mpls.frb.org