November 6, 2013

Beyond Business: Entreprenative Interview

Last week I had the great opportunity to do what I rarely get to do: talk about the business side of Beyond Buckskin. Most interviews that I do are focused on the mission behind Beyond Buckskin, or about Native American fashion in general, or about issues of cultural appropriation.

I (digitally) sat down with Collin Price, a Ho-Chunk tribal member and the founder of a new website called Entreprenative. The mission of this site is to create a forum for Native American entrepreneurs to share tips, inspire one another, and propel Native-run businesses forward.

Since I have no educational background in business, a space like this will be incredibly important to folks like me - people who have an idea for a business, execute it, and discover that they're onto something. The challenge then becomes this: how do I continue to grow my business to better serve our mission, and to not let this important opportunity slide by because I didn't learn critical business skills - and, I don't have time to go back to school for an MBA!

Also, the Native business world is a tad different than the broader business world, I believe, and it requires thinking creatively and ethically about providing opportunities for Native people and advancing our communities as a whole.

We (entrepreneurs) need to step up and be on par with the international business world, while at the same time standing firmly with our tribal communities. To do this successfully, we need to be grounded in who we are as Indigenous people while learning business skills. A resource like Entreprenative offers tips and success stories from real Native American business owners - they've done it, they've discovered some things that work (and some things that don't work!) and are here to share that wisdom with you. Play these podcasts while you're fixing breakfast in the morning, while you're commuting to work, or while you're tidying up the casa. Get inspired and pass that inspiration along. Our communities need it, and they deserve it.

Click here to listen to my interview with Collin- we discuss launching a new business, fear!, affecting change on an international level, and magic! (you know, the kind you get when you mix extraordinary people with wild and creative ideas). Click and enjoy.

9 comments:

  1. I absolutely love entrepreneurship and you're a shining example of following your passion and doing what you love. Keep up all of your awesomeness!

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  2. What a great article! I couldn't agree more with how helpful and valuable it is to follow your advice here. Listening to podcasts, especially Entreprenative is key to really elevating yourself both personally and professionally.


    Really enjoyed your interview on the Entreprenative podcast and to share it here for others to learn from your background and experience is what it's all about. Helping others in the community to all rise up higher!

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  3. Great Post! I find in inspiring how your entrepreneurial goal are focused around providing more opportunities for other Native people and for advancing your communities. It shows the true nature of you giving spirit and it will translate to huge success.

    Thanks again!

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  4. Great post and thanks for sharing! Collin does a great podcast and it is so educational! Loved hearing your show! Both of you keep it up!

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  5. Jessica, what an amazing post - I can hear the passion you have for your business and for the Native American community in your writing. You said it best at the end of your post: "Get inspired and pass that inspiration along. Our communities need it, and they deserve it." Building communities like Collin has done over at Entreprenative is just the beginning. The relationships and the thriving businesses that are grown inside of these communities are what make businesses like yours and Collin's truly special. Thank you for this post!

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  6. Very inspirational, and so true about being more internationally aware as an entrepreneur. You got me thinking!

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  7. Jessica, there is a lot of information about the importance of business networks, but I think you are very insightful that sometimes that needs to be more specific to network with people that understand our business and the principles behind it in a deeper way. I'm in England, and I was recently talking to a publisher that was in the US and it was clear that he had no concept of what my business or the book was about or its place in the market. I think that business thinking creatively and ethically certainly applies to all businesses. All the best in your endeavors.

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  8. I love the niche that you, and Entreprenative, promote and excel at. When you have that passion and love, it shows up in your work! Keep it up.

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  9. Jessica, I read about you and your group in our local news paper on Saturday. What a great group you have. I am 74 and have studied about our native Indians since I was a young teenager. I wouldn't wear anything put moccasins for my casual foot wear - got my first pair when I was in grade school. Keep up the good work!

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