Change Labs on Navajo Nation Opens 2021 Business Incubator Applications

 Change Labs is now accepting applications from Native American business owners and entrepreneurs to their business incubation program.

Tuba City, Navajo Nation (AZ) — Change Labs, an award-winning Native American-led organization, is now accepting applications from Native American business owners and entrepreneurs to their business incubation program. 
“With the entire nation weathering the effects of COVID-19, the small business community faces uncharted territory,” says Jessica Stago, Director of Business Incubation for Change Labs in Tuba City, Arizona. “Building a strong business foundation and a community of peers is important now more than ever and that’s what we focus on in this program.”
Business owners enrolled in the Change Labs incubator get access to business coaching, peer mentorship, and potential financial investment in their business ideas.
Selected applicants are paired with a team of business coaches who will help strengthen and develop their entrepreneurial infrastructure. The program benefits include:
  • One-on-one training in business registration, tax preparation, and financial reporting.

  • Virtual classroom with like-minded peers to build networks of support and get input on business model, marketing and brand strategy, and bookkeeping systems.

  • Branding development and assistance with building a strong online presence.

  • Automatic eligibility for a $10,000 loan upon graduation from the program. 

Change Labs has successfully graduated 25 Native-owned businesses from its incubator, all of whom are creating economic opportunities in their tribal communities. “Change Labs gives us the tools to be confident,” says a Class of 2020 graudate. When you’re “at a critical point for your business or when you’re making a leap – having that extra assurance is invaluable.”. The online application to the Change Labs Business Incubator open on February 1, 2021. Apply now at: http://nativestartup.org/incubator



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Change Labs is a Native-led organization supporting Native American entrepreneurs across the Southwest.
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