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Native American Entrepreneurs

Native American Entrepreneurs

Advancing self-sufficiency in Native communities

Native entrepreneurship is growing. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of businesses owned by American Indian and Alaska Native entrepreneurs increased by 15.3 percent from 2007 to 2012,01 and the number of businesses with employees reached 29,089 in 2016.02

But Native communities have much higher rates of unemployment and poverty than the rest of the U.S., and many Native entrepreneurs face steep barriers to accessing capital, including a lack of personal assets, geographic isolation, and the absence of local banks.

The Economic Justice Fund recognizes that entrepreneurship is a critical tool for strengthening Native communities, and we are committed to helping Native entrepreneurs succeed. Learn about the services we provide.


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U.S. poverty rate

  1. “American Indian and Alaska Native-Owned Businesses Move Past the Quarter-Million Mark,” U.S. Census Bureau, August 9, 2016.
  2. Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs, U.S. Census Bureau, 2016.
  3. Source for both statistics: American Community Survey, 1-year Estimates, U.S. Census Bureau, 2018.