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OVERVIEW OF MNIBA’S ONLINE BUSINESS DIRECTORY

HOW IS THIS DIRECTORY NEW?

  • It is a free statewide Native Business directory.

HOW IS THIS DIRECTORY MORE?

  • It is inclusive of businesses, artisans, professionals, non-profits, foundations, tribal colleges, associations, economic development, and financial services owned by or led by Natives, tribal enterprises and tribal governments.
  • It will connect new business opportunities and foster Native to Native buying on a new level by elevating business, products and services.

HOW IS THIS DIRECTORY BETTER?

  • The directory is continuously updated to include new listings.
  • It is searchable by industry headings
  • An electronic directory streamlines distribution and reaches a greater audience.

HOW IS THIS DIRECTORY DIFFERENT?

  • The directory honors, celebrates and promotes the diversity of native trade and commerce activity in Minnesota. It encompasses all forms of entrepreneurial endeavors.

WHY WE CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO BE INVISIBLE

  • Visibility impacts disparity studies done by city, county, state and federal agencies regarding the condition of American Indian business – and influences decisions regarding appropriation and expansion of new funding/revenue streams and business services in Minnesota.
  • Visibility spotlights American Indian entrepreneurial activity and its contributions to the economic vitality of Minnesota.
  • Visibility enables political entrepreneurism to flourish and results in an organized voice that levels the playing field and access to contracting, subsidies and capital.

DISCLAIMERS

The Minnesota Indian Business Alliance (MNIBA) reserves the right to review applications, request additional information before listing and to refuse
applications if they cannot be verified.

To be listed in the directory as a native-owned business, MNIBA requires a completed application and a photo copy of applicant’s Tribal ID, CDIB Card, or BIA enrollment documentation at submission.

To be listed in the directory as a native artisan, MNIBA requires a completed application and a photo copy of the applicant’s Tribal ID, CDIB Card, BIA enrollement documentation, or Tribal Artisan Certification Documentation as defined in Public Law 101-644.

UNDER THE INDIAN ARTS AND CRAFTS ACT OF 1990 Indian is defined as a member of a federally or officially State recognized Tribe, or a certified Indian artisan; Certified Indian artisan means an individual who is certified as a nonmember Indian artisan by the governing body of an Indian Tribe from which the individual is a direct lineal descendant; Indian product means any art or craft product made by an Indian; Indian labor makes the Indian art or craft object an Indian product; Indian Tribe means:

  1. Any federally recognized Indian Tribe, Band, Nation, Alaska Native Village, or organized group or community, or
  2. Any Indian group that has been formally recognized as an Indian Tribe by a State legislature, a State commission, or another similar organization vested with State legislative Tribal recognition authority.

To learn more about P.L. 101-644 Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 go to: https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/uploads/know-the- law2011.pdf or https://www.doi.gov/iacb/act

Please note that American Indian Businesses and Artisans listed in this directory are not in any way affiliated with, sponsored or endorsed by MNIBA. MNIBA is not responsible for the present and/or future performance of any of these businesses. MNIBA strongly encourages prospective customers to research and verify any/and all references, necessary licenses, bonding, or liability insurance held by these businesses

CHECKING A VENDOR’S REFERENCES

When you select a vendor, a best practice is to check references. But how do we know they’re any good? Just taking their word for it may get us more than we bargained for, so we ask for references. Whether they are a contractor, software company, office supply company, engineer, web designer, consultant or event planner, wouldn’t it be great if we all had referrals from trusted friends, neighbors and co-workers to know that they will live up to our expectations? References help us to get that insight. But we have to ask the right questions of the references and listen very carefully between the lines. 

Checking references helps us determine if a vendor is:

  • Honest and Trustworthy
  • Reliable
  • Appropriately priced
  • Easy to work with
  • Performs well
  • Supportive

A reputable vendor will not bash other competitors or previous clients. They let all of their good work and customer service speak for itself and won't waste your time pulling down others.

Be sure and ask the vendor for at least three business references.

Questions to consider when checking on references:

  • Tell me about your company and relationship to the vendor?
  • What other vendors did you consider?
  • Why did you choose this vendor?
  • What products or services did you use?
  • Did they deliver on time? Were you satisfied?
  • Did the vendor fulfill promises?
  • Would you use them again?

CHECKING A CONTRACTOR’S REFERENCES

The MN Department of Labor and Industry licenses residential building contractors, remodelers, roofers and manufactured home installers. The department requires certain standards of education and professional conduct be maintained to obtain and retain a license.

Licenses are required for all residential building contractors and residential remodelers who contract with a homeowner to construct or improve dwellings by offering more than one special skill. Owners working on their own property must also be licensed if they build or remodel for the sole purpose of speculation or resale.

The Department of Labor and Industry also makes available information for homeowners about how to safely hire a residential building contractor. To learn more go to: http://www.dli.mn.gov/ccld/rbc.asp

At the end of that sentence The Department of Labor and Industry also makes available information for homeowners about how to safely hire a residential building contractor. To learn more go to: http://www.dli.mn.gov/ccld/rbc.asp

Adding a room, renovating a basement, or doing some much-needed repairs? Finding a good contractor is important – a home improvement project gone wrong can cost you. A good ad isn’t proof a contractor does quality work. Find out for yourself. Check with friends, neighbors and co-workers who’ve had improvement work done, and check out a contractor’s reputation on online ratings sites you trust. Get written estimates from several firms, keeping in mind the lowest bidder may not always be the best choice. Also important: be aware and know the signs of a scam.

After you've settled in on a shortlist of contractors—whose work you admire and budget you can live with—it's time to start checking their references. Here's how to research them so you can mitigate risk before making the choice. Go to: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0242-hiring- contractor