INCUBATE YOUR BUSINESS

What you get from one year with our business counselors.

 
 

Established in 2013, our business incubator program works with Navajo startups and early-stage ventures to establish their business on the Navajo Nation.

The program is tuned to the needs of Native American entrepreneurs establishing their operations on the Navajo Nation. We accept applications on a rolling basis. Applications received before March 1 will be reviewed for our Spring Cohort. Applications received before September 1 will be reviewed for our Fall Cohort. If you are accepted into the program, you will work with a business counselor on a weekly basis over a one-year time period to:

Strengthen your business and financial model

Consider appropriate branding and marketing collateral for your business

Support the back end aspects of your business: accounting, financial reporting, tax preparation, business registration

To learn more about eligibility, click here

If accepted into the program, here's what the first 12 months of activity would look like: 

MONTH 1: participation in 2-day business model bootcamp, introduction to your other Native American businesses in your cohort and your business counselor

MONTH 2: weekly meetings with your business counselor to set goals for the year and strengthen your business model

MONTH 3: weekly meetings with your business counselor to discuss your marketing and branding needs

MONTH 4: participation in a 2-day marketing bootcamp with your cohort and your business counselor

MONTH 5: weekly meetings with your business counselor integrate your branding into all aspects of your business

MONTH 6: weekly meetings with your business counselor to review and adjust your goals

MONTH 7: participation in a 2-day financing bootcamp with your cohort and your business counselor

MONTH 8: weekly meetings with your business counselor to integrate or strengthen your operations

MONTH 9: weekly meetings with your business counselor to prepare for meetings with loan officers

MONTH 10: participation in 1-day session with loan officers

MONTH 11: weekly meetings with your business counselor to review your goals

MONTH 12: graduation

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Shayla Yellowhair, 2017 Graduate
Founder of Dibe Yazhi Blossoms, an affordable in-home childcare program for families in Fort Defiance, AZ

 
 

Incubator Graduates

 
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