Tribal Business League: ‘Buying Club’ Affords Tribes Volume Discounts

Pivotal to the Tribal Business League’s mission is its Buy Native initiative to support buying from Native-owned businesses and enhance the well-being of local economies. (buy-native.us)

The newly launched Tribal Business League seeks to help Tribes reap the benefits of a “buying club” — getting the best possible prices on their enterprise goods and services including fuel, tobacco and grocery or convenience store items. The organization affords member Tribes volume discounts on pricing of goods and services as well as exclusive product lines only offered to large groups. The goal is to increase Tribal enterprise profitability without any investment, warehousing, or storage of bulk goods.  

The five founding members of the Tribal Business League are Wisconsin Tribes: Red Cliff, Lac du Flambeau, Bad River, Lac Courte Oreilles and St. Croix.  

“This has been long overdue for the Tribes to engage in collaborations, nearly 25 years of previous attempts, and we’re proud to announce publicly we have officially launched this initiative to benefit all Tribes involved,” says Curtis DeCora, Founder of the Tribal Business League. “If we can work collectively on ensuring our enterprises are profitable, efficient and positively contributing to the Tribal economy, there is no limit to what we can tackle next.” 

The business collective and buying group was announced on October 9, 2019, with a launch party held in Danbury, Wisconsin at the St. Croix Casino, attended by Tribal business leaders from across Wisconsin and twelve vendors specializing in convenience store service delivery. 

Now the Tribal Business League is looking to expand its Buy Native group through Q4 2019, especially in Minnesota and Michigan, with hopes to eventually reach all Tribes in the Midwestern states and beyond. 

The league is the first and only Tribally-led nonprofit buying club in the United States. Added benefits include monthly meetings to discuss common challenges and hurdles experienced by Tribal business leaders. A five-person consulting Team is also available to work with each member  Tribe to negotiate business deals and develop networking relationships to benefit the tribe as a whole. Other advantages of joining the league include gaining access to an annual $50,000 scholarship fund to help support individual members achieve career goals. These goals aren’t limited to academic ventures; practically any venture can qualify, such as trade schools and certification programs.

Pivotal to the Tribal Business League’s mission is its Buy Native initiative to support buying from Native-owned businesses and enhance the well-being of local economies.

 

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