The third arm to develop under the Sault Tribe EDC is the Business Development tier. The business development branch was created to provide business support to Sault Tribe member-owned businesses.
As the Sault Tribe EDC activities have progressed, it became apparent that with a nation of more than 44,000 Sault Tribe band of Chippewa Indians members, many entrepreneurs and business owners already existed across the service area and United States. The need to diversify the Tribe’s non-gaming economic activities to compliment gaming operations is the main driver in these development efforts.
Business Development portfolio
Empowering econimic prosperity for established and future business leaders emerging from the Sault Tribe worldwide.
The Sault Tribe Thrive is a Minority Business Development Agency grant funded program positioned to build partnerships, strengthen resources, educate members and promotetheir successes.
The effort to establish Sault Tribe Incorporated began in 2010 with the BIA’s approval of a corporate charter as outlined in Section 17 of the Indian Reorganization Act. In 2019 the Sault Tribe Board of Directors signed a resolution to appoint a corporate Board of Directors to Sault Tribe Incorporated. Sault Tribe Incorporated functions as a holding company utilized to form and support various business ventures and partnerships with the expressed intent of economic development.
While wholly-owned by the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians, the Section 17 federal corporate charter provides separation from the Tribe’s government functions and structure, while retaining all of the benefits afforded to the Tribal government as whole.
2020 saw the establishment of Sault Tribe Inc.’s first three for-profit subsidiaries Chippewa Government Solutions, LLC (CGS), Ojibwe Hazardous Abatement, LLC (OHA), and Hawkeye Facilities Maintenance, LLC (HFM).
Established in 2018, the Sault Tribe Business Alliance (STBA) was founded by Sault Tribe member-owned businesses with the idea of supporting, educating and advocating for tribally-owned businesses. The STBA provides a pool of shared knowledge regarding the unique environment tribal member-owned businesses operate within and the benefits of tribal status afforded to tribal-owned businesses.
STBA members have access to training, educational events, networking opportunities, and a prominent posting in the Sault Tribe member owned business directory. As a key Sault Tribe EDC initiative, the membership base continues to develop with growing access to information and expanding business consultation capabilities.
Business Development primary functions include
Increasing Contract Opportunities & Contract Awards
Business Attractions & Start-up Support
Promote Business Success Stories
Sales Growth & Capital Formation
Job Creation & Job Retention