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Division of Economic Development

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The Office of Indian Economic Development proudly announces the availability of a technical assistance session May 17, 2022 for any applicants interested in the Indian Business Incubators Program grant opportunity. 

Learn more about Technical Assistance for our grants here.

Who We Serve

We provide technical assistance, training, and funding to assist tribes and tribal members with starting and sustaining their businesses, bringing their innovative ideas to the marketplace, and taking advantage of government and private procurement opportunities. 

Through our efforts, we give tribal business owners the knowledge and resources that they need to address the lack of access to credit and limited economic opportunities that exist in many American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Services We Provide

About the Division of Economic Development

DED administers competitive grants to support Native entrepreneurs, broadband deployment, business development feasibility studies, and the documentation and revitalization of tribal language that are at risk of disappearing. 

To develop procurement opportunities for Native businesses, DED collaborates with Department of Defense American Indian Procurement Technical Assistance Centers and tribal organizations to host Regional Economic Development and Procurement Conferences at key Indian Country locations. These conferences provide matchmaking and business training sessions that bring together tribal business owners with potential government and commercial customers.

DED has also hosted Industry Days events across the country. These events focus on industries like aerospace, cyber-security, and indigenous food production and are another opportunity for tribal businesses to connect with corporate and government buyers. These gatherings have resulted in millions of dollars in new and expanded contracts for Native-owned firms.

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