NCN hosts National Community Reinvestment Coalition Webinar on January 27th

Native CDFI hosted a webinar with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) on January 27th. NCRC guest speakers included Juan Leyton, Director of Organizing, Greg Wilson, Senior Organizer, and Catherine Petrusz, CRA Coordinator. NCRC and its member organizations work to create opportunities for people to build wealth. They are advocates of fairness and aim to end discrimination in lending. They expressed their desire to create bonds with the Native CDFI members.

The NCRC topics included, a brief history of the CRA and NCRC, a tutorial on how to acquire your local banks Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) exam, and update on the NCRC’s Community Benefit Agreement Efforts. NCRC stressed the importance of creating good relationships with your local bank officials. Pete Upton and other Native CDFI members shared their experiences of creating connections to their local bank officials and how it has benefited their organization and possibly those organizations important to yours

The Native CDFI Network has been actively involved in providing support for Tribes and Native CDFIs that support the implementation of economic recovery efforts of our Tribal nations and our Native-owned small businesses.

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NCRC Webinar for Native CDFI Network – Read-Only

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Webinar Series focused on NACA FA Program hosted by NCN

On Thursday, January 6th, Native CDFI Network hosted a webinar series focused on The CDFI Fund’s Native American CDFI Technical Assistance (NACA FA) Program. With the NACA FA having numerous moving parts, this session focused on making all of the features cohesive to form a robust application as well as the preparation process.

Caleb Selby, the owner of Selby Consulting, provided content that was beneficial to filling out a NACA FA form. During the presentation, individual examples were provided to show realistic scenarios. Caleb clarified different elements that individuals would confront during the process, such as the amount of historical/current/projected data to provide, where to elaborate in your narrative and resources used during the NACA FA process.

The Native CDFI Network has been actively involved in providing support for Tribes and Native CDFIs that support the implementation of economic recovery efforts of our Tribal nations and our Native-owned small businesses.

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SSBCI Programs Webinar Session 2

Native CDFI Network hosted part 2 of it’s CDFI Participation Models presentation. Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations, and Clearinghouse CDFI partnered to co-host the second webinar for Tribal Nations and Native CDFIs on accessing the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Program.

Legal expert, Pilar Thomas presented SSBCI key program updates, the summary of programs, policy guidance requirements, participation models (hybrid and partnerships), and program design (application and implementation).

Pilar provided a hybrid model graphic to show the various potential relationship configurations within the SSBCI Programs. Finally, the webinar concluded with Pilar describing the next steps that Tribes should be taking to complete their application process.

 

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Building Capacity Webinar NACA TA Session held on Jan 5

On Wednesday, January 5th, Native CDFI Network hosted a webinar series focused on The CDFI Fund’s Native American CDFI Technical Assistance (NACA TA) Program. This session included preparing for the NACA TA, its components, strategies to write a successful NACA TA, common pitfalls, and post-award compliance.

Caleb Selby, the owner of Selby Consulting, provided relevant insights for developing quality NACA TA forms. He discussed what components make up a successful narrative; these tips included using less than five years old market data and keeping your written content easy to read. Additionally, Caleb shared multiple resources about the FACA TA timeline, criteria ratings, evaluation process, and using AMIS (Awards Management Information System).

The Native CDFI Network has been actively involved in providing support for Tribes and Native CDFIs that support the implementation of economic recovery efforts of our Tribal nations and our Native-owned small businesses.

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NCN hosts SSBCI CDFI Participation Model discussion Jan. 4th

On Tuesday, January 4th, Native CDFI Network (NCN), Oweesta, Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations, and Clearinghouse CDFI partnered to co-host two webinars for Tribal Nations and Native CDFIs on accessing the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Program. Legal expert, Pilar Thomas, presented SSBCI key program updates, the summary of programs, statutory requirements, policy guide requirements, participation models, and program design (application and implementation). In addition, she discussed two of the four ready-made models: CDFI as lenders and equity investors and CDFIs as program administration for tribes. Pilar provided insights to multiple questions asked by the attendees, including questions about gaming facilities within the SSBCI Program, using an MDI as a replacement for CDFI, and who is eligible for the program.

“VERY informational. Thank you for putting this on,” said William Fish with the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate.

This was very helpful. Thank you Pilar and NCN,said Jonelle Yearout, Nimiipuu Community Development Fund

The Native CDFI Network has been actively involved in providing support for Tribes and Native CDFIs that support the implementation of economic recovery efforts of our Tribal nations and our Native-owned small businesses.

The second session with Pilar Thomas discussing the SSBCI Program: CDFI Participation Models will be hosted on Wednesday, December 11, 2021 at 2 pm EST. Please register for this session if you are interested.

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