Save the date for 2019 Native Women’s Business Summit in ABQ New Mexico. The Change Labs team will be onsite hosting a workshop and promoting our new app, Rez Rising. Watch the Native Women’s Business Summit website for information on registration and agenda!
NTU’s KARMA (Ke’yah Advance Rural Manufacturing Alliance) will host the second 3D Product Challenge Competition at the NTU main campus on the Navajo Nation on February 13, 2019. Challenged to create and design a unique product that embodied the theme of a “Navajo Head Start Toy”, student teams from a variety of Navajo K-12 schools have developed a product idea in the 2018 school year. The Product Challenge allowed students to tinker, create and design their ideas for the competition. Teachers and students print a prototype of their product idea and write a basic business plan to pitch at the public event on Feb 13th.
Join KARMA at NTU at 8am to watch the student pitches!
This event is free and open to the public.
Change Labs is launching the Navajo Nation’s first creative workspace for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Tuba City. Join us to learn more about how you can leverage the space for your business ideas and also help us design the ideal workspace for your needs. We’ll be serving a special meal created by Navajo fusion chef, Carlos Deal, and also unveil new and exciting tools for local Native entrepreneurs!
80 seats for dinner! RSVP: https://westernagency.eventbrite.com
Tuba City Chapter House
Wed, Feb 6th, 6-8pm
Dinner by Alternativeats:
Mixed green salad with fruit and a sesame ginger vinaigrette
Assortment of sushi rolls
Lamb loin chop with sauteed vegetables and wild rice
Vanessa Roanhorse (Roanhorse Consulting) & Jessica Stago (Grand Canyon Trust)
Today, there are more opportunities to finance a small business than any other time but where do you start? In this workshop you will learn about what lending products are out there and what’s the difference between products? Which organizations provide opportunities for native entrepreneurs? How do you finance a business on tribal land? In this workshop you will learn the basic criteria for: Traditional Lending Micro-lending CDFIs Incubators Accelerators Venture Capital Crowdfunding As a business owner you will need to know how to evaluate your business based on financing options available to you. The workshop will examine 3 real life scenarios to help you determine which questions to ask yourself and what questions you should be asking of the financing entity.
Crystal Cree, NAU
In this workshop we'll play the Seven Generation Money Management Game, a hands-on financial literacy game to develop your money management skills. In the game, you'll experience handling money and completing everyday transactions for a mock business. You'll also be presented with real-life situations like paying taxes and utilities, buying a car, opening a bank account, or learning how to invest. If managing money feels like a daunting task, come to this session. Play the game and take control of your finances.
Peter Durand, Alphachimp
A new product or service — no matter how affordable or effective — does not necessarily lead to systemic change nor enable a sustainable business model. Visual diagramming can help to identify weak links and potential optimization areas in the supply chain, distribution methods, funding streams, and behavioral shifts required to take a social innovation to scale. This process can help you think through what you need to do in order to get a business off the ground or create and new product. Most important, visual storytelling can explain your Big Idea to customers and investors!
Sean Huntington & Cameron Jarman, Keep It Wild Co.
More than ever before, businesses are turning to social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, to boost their revenue and engagement with potential customers. That's because social media is now a major marketing tool for businesses worldwide. However, managing your company's Facebook or Instagram isn't the same as managing your own. Cultivating a wide-reaching online presence takes time and understanding of how to use social media platforms. In this workshop we will: 1. Define the benefits and features of the most common social media platforms, 2. Discuss how to create a content mix for each platform, 3. Use Instagram & Twitter's "DMs" (direct messages) to expand business and create partnerships, and 4. Share tips & tricks to engage your followers. We will share how Keep it Wild built our on-line audience and then help each of you define a strategy that's best for your business.
Do you have an idea, but don't know how to get started making it real? Do you have a passion around an issue or topic and want to do something about it? Or maybe you are an individual trying to get a group together to take action... you're in the right place! This workshop will show you concrete steps you can take towards making change, no matter where you're starting from.