Interview #4: Jonelle Yearout | Nimiipuu Fund

In this latest edition of “Difference Makers,” NCN sits down with Jonelle Yearout, who is Executive Director of Nimiipuu Fund, a federally certified Native CDFI that serves the Nez Perce Reservation and traditional territories of Nez Perce in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Jonelle also was recently appointed Northwest Regional Delegate on NCN’s Policy Committee.

Interview #3: Russ Seagle | CEO of The Sequoyah Fund, Inc.

In this latest edition of “Difference Makers,” NCN sits down with Russ Seagle, who has served since 2013 as CEO of The Sequoyah Fund, Inc., a Native CDFI serving the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and surrounding rural communities in Western North Carolina. The Sequoyah Fund provides small business start-up and expansion capital, housing rehab loans, credit builder loans, and training and consulting services to small businesses, nonprofits, and tribal departments.

U.S. Treasury Department Extends SSBCI Application Deadlines

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury is extending the deadline for Tribal governments to initiate and submit their complete SSBCI Capital Program application to September 1, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) and the deadline to submit an application for the SSBCI Technical Assistance (TA) Grant Program to September 1, 2022, at 11:59…

NCN Hosts Webinar to Discuss SSBCI Programs

On Wednesday April 13, 2022, Native CDFI Network (NCN) hosted Pilar Thomas, Jeff Bowman, and Sanford Livingston to discuss the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). The webinar was co-sponsored by Oweesta, the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations and Clearinghouse CDFI. Jeff Bowman, President and CEO of Bay Bank in Green Bay, WI, began…

NCN Hosts Webinar featuring the U.S. Department of the Treasury

On Friday, April 8, 2022, NCN hosted James Colombe, Policy Advisor for the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Colombe discussed the implementation of the State Small Business Credit Initiative program in Indian Country. He shared updates about the program and fielded questions from attendees regarding its implementation and impact on CDFIs and their clients. View…

Interview #1: Christopher Coburn | Mvskoke Fund

In this first edition of “Difference Makers,” NCN sits down with Christopher Coburn (Muscogee Creek and Cherokee), who has served as CEO of the Mvskoke Fund since 2017. Christopher has spearheaded the Mvskoke Fund’s rapid growth over the past five years as this federally certified Native CDFI has expanded beyond small business lending to now offer agribusiness and consumer loans to Native clients across an 11-county service area in Oklahoma.

NCN This Week: April 5, 2022

In Case You Missed It: NCN’s 2022 Policy Priorities The Native CDFI Network recently released its Policy Priorities for 2022. The NCN Board of Directors and Policy Committee developed this comprehensive set of priorities at NCN’s Mid-Winter Policy Round Table event in Washington, D.C. in February. Designed to strengthen the policies and expand the resources supporting Native CDFIs across the country, these priorities include calling on Congress to make the highly…