Two grant awards for northern Wisconsin Native American communities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are intended to spur local economic development.
Acting Under Secretary for Rural Development, Doug O'Brien says the Great Lakes Intertribal Council in Lac du Flambeau received $80,000 to fund a small business training program.
NiiJii Capital Partners in Keshena received more than $93,000 to provide technical assistance to 12 Menominee county businesses.
O'Brien says the Rural Enterprise grants were awarded during Small Business Week. He talks about the Lac du Flambeau award..
"...able to support a small business training program which provides job skills, financial literacy and other small business skills to the tribes in that area..."
...and the grant to Keshena...
"....NiiJii Capital Partners in Keshena. That project will provide technical assistance, job training, financial literacy to small and micro businesses in the area..."
The money was part of 54 awards given in 21 states.