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CDFA Tribal Finance Webinar Series
March 14, May 9, July 11 & October 24, 2023
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern


The CDFA Tribal Financing Webinar Series is a four-part online offering that will discuss a wide range of development finance programs that tribal communities can use to preserve small businesses, promote community health, restore local economies, and protect our environment. This webinar series will explore the tools and approaches available to uplift native communities through increased access to financial resources, collaborative partnerships, and greater agency among tribal governments.



Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Tue 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Tribal Community-Driven Economic Development Solutions
Tribal communities are creating a new dynamic in local economic development by finding financing partners that support community-driven solutions to their unique challenges. During this installment of the CDFA Tribal Financing Webinar Series, speakers will discuss how tribal governments and their partner organizations are working collaboratively to drive sustainable economic development.
  • Tom Durkee, Director of Tribal Business Development, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
  • Zechariah Harjo, Deputy Secretary of the Nation and Commerce, Muscogee (Creek) Nation
  • Shannon Ward, Senior Vice President, Chief Lending Officer, Native American Bank

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Tue 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Promoting Access to Capital for Tribal Small Businesses
Small businesses are an important contributor to tribal communities' economic success, and tribal governments are finding innovative solutions to support the growth and expansion of locally-owned firms. During this installment of the CDFA Tribal Financing Webinar Series, development finance experts will highlight a variety of finance programs that are helping to increase access to capital for new and existing small business owners.
  • Jackson Brossy, Assistant Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • James Colombe, Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Josh Pape, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Chickasaw Community Bank

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Tue 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Food System Financing on Tribal Lands
Native communities in the U.S. often experience limited access to healthy, affordable, culturally-appropriate food – but development finance approaches can be used with food and agriculture-related businesses to address this challenge. Tribal governments are creating new strategies tailored to support healthy food access on tribal lands by rejecting a one-size fits all approach. During this installment of the CDFA Tribal Financing Webinar Series, panelists will explore how tribal governments are cultivating local food systems with financing solutions that support economic growth and advance community health.

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Tue 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Funding Healthcare Facilities on Tribal Nation Reservations
Many tribal communities are investing in their healthcare systems to provide holistic care that is personalized to their residents and promotes broader economic resiliency. During this installment of the CDFA Tribal Financing Webinar Series, speakers will discuss financing tools and programs that tribal nations are using for healthcare facilities that better serve their unique community needs.
  • Dustin Goslin, Vice President of Business & Economic Development, Millie Lacs Corporate Ventures
  • Billy Nicholson, Chief Financial Officer, Colville Tribes
  • Adam Rose, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Growth, Travois New Markets, LLC


The CDFA Tribal Finance Webinar Series will take place on Zoom.

Webinars will be recorded and placed online for participants to access afterwards. Attendees who miss a webinar will have access to the online recordings as well.


Register in advance to confirm your participation and receive login information. Registration is free and open for CDFA members and non-members.