Montana Native-owned businesses receive $320K in grants

Andrew M. Santos

Twenty-four Native-owned small businesses are receiving $320,000 in grants available through the Indian Equity Fund.

Twenty-four Native-owned small businesses are receiving $320,000 in grants available through the Indian Equity Fund, the Montana Department of Commerce announced Tuesday.

The Indian Equity Fund is one of four financial assistance programs under the Office of Indian Country Economic Development at the Montana Department of Commerce, according to a news release.

Grant recipients are listed below:

Blackfeet

  • Casey’s RV Park in East Glacier will receive $14,000 to extend electricity to the office and RV spots and to improve bathroom facilities.

  • Glacier Elkhorn Cabins in Babb will receive $14,000 to purchase lumber and other supplies to upgrade and add decks to the cabins.

  • Sparkles Beauty Salon in Browning will receive $12,000 to improve plumbing, electrical, drywall, flooring, and to add a covering to the porch entrance, as well as purchase signage and advertising.

Chippewa Cree

  • Central Machine in Big Sandy will receive $13,200 to purchase equipment, including a new hydraulic shear and a large toolbox.

  • Double E in Box Elder will receive $12,800 to help purchase a new mobile food trailer.

  • Log Creeations in Box Elder will receive $14,000 to purchase a sawmill with a swing blade.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai

  • All American Autoworks in Ronan will receive $12,000 to purchase equipment, including an electric welder, plasma cutter, welding set, and other tools.

  • Arrow Rock in Polson will receive $14,000 to purchase a dump trailer with 10,000-lb. capabilities.

  • Hair to the Throne in Polson will receive $14,000 to purchase equipment and supplies.

Crow

  • Juiced Up in Crow Agency will receive $14,000 to purchase a 16-by-26-foot trailer for a drive-up café.

  • Real Bird Trail Rides in Garryowen will receive $14,000 to purchase equipment and supplies.

  • TruColors P&C in Havre will receive $12,000 to purchase a new work truck and equipment.

Fort Belknap

  • Crasco & Crasco Construction in Dodson will receive $13,000 to purchase a side dump trailer.

  • Marlin’s Heating in Harlem will receive $14,000 to purchase equipment, including a hydraulic liftgate.

  • Rezolution in Harlem will receive $13,000 to purchase a new camera and equipment.

Fort Peck

  • 365 Design in Wolf Point will receive $14,000 to purchase a new printer.

  • Lien Windshield in Wolf Point will receive $12,000 to build out a shop expansion to service multiple vehicles.

  • RX Carwash in Wolf Point will receive $14,000 to purchase equipment, supplies, and a new payment system.

Little Shell

  • 406 Custom Auto in Havre will receive $13,333.34 to purchase equipment and supplies, including a tinting plotter.

  • Indian Paintbrush in East Glacier will receive $13,333.33 to purchase a building and inventory.

  • Plains Soul in Hardin will receive $13,333.33 to purchase a 16’ x 26’ storefront building.

Northern Cheyenne

  • Bark Park in Billings will receive $14,000 to purchase and install artificial pet turf for its outdoor area.

  • Hot Rock Healing in Lame Deer will receive $14,000 to purchase a small cabin for services.

  • Warrior Trail in Lame Deer will receive $12,000 to purchase a storage unit for inventory.

To learn more about the Office of Indian Country Economic Development, visit MarketMT.com.

This article originally appeared on Great Falls Tribune: Montana Native-owned businesses get $320K in Indian Equity Fund grants

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