Drive through any community on the Navajo and Hopi Nations and you'll see the same contingent of businesses– a few fast food joints, a gas station, maybe a motel or garage. Small, local, sustainable, and culturally cognizant businesses are absent amongst the fast food joints and gas stations, but the Trust's Native American Business Incubator Network (NABIN) is working to change that.
Our people have always been entrepreneurs, trading our goods, customs, and artwork with tribes throughout the southwest. With a little bit of support, we can cultivate that spirit.
– Jessica Stago, NABIN Lead Business Counselor
NABIN helps Native entrepreneurs confront the challenges of starting businesses on the reservation. Start-ups with great ideas, but little capital lack the support networks they need to be successful. Lack of infrastructure, non-existent financing, a slow-moving, unresponsive political system, and a history of exclusion has isolated Native people from national and global economies and stifled economic growth on the reservation.