Who Can Be A Member?
AIBE provides services to all Native American entrepreneurs for both students and community members alike. We serve all native businesses including but not limited to native artists, native farmers, native ranchers, native community producers, native mental health services, native educational services, and even native cooperatives. We also advise on establishing non-profit organizations, boards, and other services specific to growing tribal leadership.
If you believe that you qualify for application, have a business idea, and would like to take advantage of the resources available at the AIBE Center, Join AIBE here. If you don’t have a business idea yet and just want to talk about opportunities available through the AIBE Center or get involved through our internship program or opportunities for student employment, please send an email to Brooke Montgomery at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (575)646- 1859.
We Are Hiring!
AIBE is currently hiring Native American students from NMSU Grants, NMSU Alamogordo, and DACC. This position is in partneship with the Indian Resource Development program and AIBE.
If you are interested in this job opportunity, please email Brooke Montgomery at email@example.com
Benefits of Membership
Arrowhead Innovation Network consists of a 50-person network of entrepreneurs, lawyers, accountants, marketing professionals, engineers, and investors. Studio G members can schedule 30-minute virtual or in-person meetings with these advisers. We are growing our network and including more and more Native professional advisors.
If you are interested in becoming an advisor to support Native Entrepreneurs, please email Brooke Montgomery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to statewide restrictions designed to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the difficult decision was made to temporarily close, or maintain temporary closure of shared workspaces. Upon re-opening, AIBE members will have access to conference rooms that are fully equipped with large flat screen TV’s, webcams, phones, and conference tables that can fit 10-12 people. AIBE members will also be able to utilize workspace areas that have fully functioning computers with internet access. AIBE also provides access to our state-of-the-art green screen room. Additionally, AIBE provides colored printers and copy machines for our members.
Equipment, Software, Prototyping:
Access to great equipment and software is a key resource that we provide AIBE members. Our members can apply for services that include 3D printing, 3D scanning, Vinyl Cutting, AV equipment, Adobe Creative Suite, SolidWorks, prototyping, simulations, and other technical assistance. If you are interested in technical assistance for your business, please contact Brooke Montgomery at email@example.com.
Due to statewide restrictions designed to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the difficult decision was made to temporarily close, or maintain temporary closure of our entrepreneurship library. Upon re-opening, AIBE members will have access our entrepreneurship library that includes a wide variety of business training manuals and books.
AIBE and our partners provide potential funding opportunities for our members. We assist with training our members on how to search for grants, government contracts, and loan opportunities. We also assist our members with reviewing proposals that they have written for possible funding opportunities. AIBE members will receive monthly fund matching emails that list funding opportunities for both Native-owned and non-Native owned businesses.
AIBE members have the opportunity to license IP technology that was developed at NMSU, NTU, and AFRL. We have a strong portfolio of patents that our members can review for possible licensing agreements. Our members may select one of these patented technologies to potentially bring through our NSF Aggie I-Corps program. Through the program, AIBE members will receive mentorship, coaching, and $2,000 for participant support.
Indian Resource Development Program
The Indian Resource Development Program (IRD) provides Native American students and Native-owned businesses with on-the-job internship opportunities. IRD also provides an array of other resources, including potential funding for materials for agriculturalists, engineers, natural resource scientists, and business people prepared to contribute to the effective development and management of tribal resources. For more information please contact IRD at firstname.lastname@example.org
NMSU American Indian Program
The NMSU American Indian Program (AIP) offers services that help American Indian students succeed and achieve their post-secondary goals. We are committed to supporting students on both a personal and an academic level. The AIP nurtures student success by connecting students to on-campus resources and support services, which help students acclimate to NMSU’s diverse campus.
The AIP provides students with guidance and academic advising, scholarship opportunities, employer recruiting visits, computer and social outlets, library resources, and referral to other campus resources designed to promote student success.
Navajo Technical University
Navajo Technical University acts as AIBE’s primary external partner. This partnership provides opportunities and resources to AIBE clients including but not limited to developing prototyping, CAD designs, simulations and other technical assistance through NTU’s Advanced Manufacturing Facility. AIBE clients may potentially also gain access to NTU’s 3D Mobile Van to create prototypes within their communities.
Indian Pueblo Opportunity Center at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC)
Indian Pueblo Opportunity Center at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC)
The core purpose of the Indian Pueblo Opportunity Center is to provide a place where artisans and small-scale farmers can better their crafts in a way that is educational, inspirational, and sustainable. The Center will serve as a hub of creativity and opportunity that helps promote economic and social mobility in a safe environment for each individual.
New Mexico Community Capital
New Mexico Community Capital (NMCC) offers the Native Entrepreneur in Residence (NEIR) program and the Financial Business Basics (FBB) training.
New Mexico Community Capital’s Native Entrepreneur in Residence Program (NEIR) was formalized in 2014 as a result of earlier work done by the NMCC Investment Fund. Today, NEIR is NMCC’s flagship non-profit program. It has become the platform for a portfolio of program offerings providing the tools for success to emerging Native American businesses, bringing financial literacy, business skills, and a vibrant network to Native American business owners and their communities.
The Native Entrepreneur In Residence (NEIR) program provides a culturally appropriate, supportive place for Native American entrepreneurs to gain confidence, grow, and become successful. To date, the NEIR accelerator has served 46 participants from over 28 tribes and pueblos. Success is measured with standard economic development indicators used by government and private sector entities. Since launching in 2014, the NEIR accelerator has demonstrated a significant impact.
the Financial and Business Basics (FBB) training modules feature work products that participants will either complete during the workshop or complete with individual assistance from a Native mentor. These work products include a household budget, a personal debt/savings plan, and a business pitch delivered to/critiqued by peers.
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