Business Plan Basics – November 2nd

Small business owners, entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners are invited to attend “Business Plan Basics” onThursday, November 2nd. The class will run from 6-9 pm. at Western Dairyland Business Center, 418 Wisconsin St., Eau Claire.
Class participants will learn how to create an effective and engaging business plan that can be presented to lenders or simply used to guide the launch and growth of a new business. Tuition is $29. Class materials are included. Scholarships are available for income-eligible individuals.
A business plan is an important document for anyone starting a new business, expanding an existing business, or launching a new product. Fundamentally, a business plan will include a mission statement, business description, product description, market analysis, marketing plan, operations plan, management plan and financial projections. However, more than just a document, the process involved with putting the components of a business plan together will help the entrepreneur identify and mitigate risk.
Kelly Berry is the owner ofResourceAbility, LLC and has been in business for over 12 years. She specializes in research, marketing planning, strategic planning and project management. Kelly is approved as a Service Provider for the Wisconsin Center for Technology Commercialization to write business plans and commercialization plans funded by state grants. She enjoys working with entrepreneurs and small business owners across Western Wisconsin
There are three easy ways to register and pay for the class: online at www.SuccessfulBusiness.org, by phone at 836-7511 ext. 1171, or in person at the Western Dairyland office in downtown Eau Claire. Because space is limited, pre-registration and payment is required.

Explore Ways to Learn from Evaluation

About Evaluation 2017

2017 marks the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) 31st Annual Conference. Taking place on November 6-11 in Washington, D.C., Evaluation 2017 brings together evaluators, evaluation scholars, students, and evaluation users from around the world are invited to assemble, share, and learn from the successes of the international discipline and practice of evaluation.

No matter your skill level, Evaluation 2017 will provide the opportunity to be involved in the shared experience through a variety of presentations and learning formats. Click here for a more detailed description of our session formats.

From Learning to Action

During Evaluation 2017, we will explore four ways that our community can learn from evaluation to create better practices and outcomes. Evaluation is dependent on learning from each other and putting theory into action. Each learning opportunity presents unique challenges and together, as a community, I would like to answer the questions that will allow us to move beyond these challenges to find solutions to improve our programs and create greater good for society as a whole.

Learn more: http://www.evaluationconference.org/

Register here: http://www.evaluationconference.org/p/cm/ld/fid=503

Registration Open for OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model Training

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)-funded National Gang Center is offering free training on the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model at the 2017 Comprehensive Gang Model Workshop on June 13–15, 2017, in Denver, CO. The OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model offers strategies to help communities prevent and reduce gang violence. This training is designed for local teams representing juvenile and/or adult probation and parole, schools, law enforcement, social services, public health, and the community. Team members will learn how to conduct a thorough gang assessment, build community partnerships, and develop a plan using the Model’s five core strategies.

Learn more about the workshop and how to register.

Learn more about the OJJDP-funded National Gang Center

Register Now for the 31st Annual WIEA Conference Mino-Ayaa ‘Idiiwin: Let’s Be Healthy Together

The 2017 Wisconsin Indian Education Association Conference titled, MINO-AYAA ‘IDIIWIN: Let’s Be Healthy Together, will be hosted by WIEA’s Northeast Region and is set to take place on Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, 2017, at The Waters of Minocqua in beautiful Minocqua, WI. The conference includes events at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua and Lake of the Torches Resort Convention Center in Lac du Flambeau, WI.

Register Now!

The 2017 Conference includes early extended programming thanks in part to a partnership between The Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network or “The Network”, which is a multi-tiered system of compliance activities and improvement supports to address racial disproportionality in special education and the Wisconsin Indian Education Association. On May 11, The Network will hold a training workshop at The Pointe Hotel in Minocqua.

Make sure to set aside this important date on your calendar! The 2016 conference set attendance records and drew people from across the country. The 2017 conference promises to be just as big and just as exciting as last year’s. Some of Indian Country’s biggest names will once again partner with WIEA to bring the latest news, information and opportunities in American Indian and Alaskan Native education directly to you! Click here to view the tentative 2017 Conference Agenda.

Tentatively scheduled events include the The Network’s Early Childhood Tribal Workgroup Training Session on May 11 in Minocqua at The Pointe Hotel; the Lac du Flambeau Wiijii’idiiwin (We Are Doing This Together) – Health and Wellness Expo at Lake of the Torches in Lac du Flambeau; awards banquet and concert by Swedish singing sensation Sofia Jannok at Lake of the Torches in Lac du Flambeau; and WIEA Conference Pow-wow at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua.

The 2017 WIEA Conference will feature Ahinwake Rose, Executive Director, National Indian Education Association; Dr. Ricky White, Superintendent, Circle of Life Academy, White Earth, MN; Mr. Justin Kii Huenemann, President & CEO, Notah Begay III Foundation and member of the Navajo Nation; and Dr. Jim Bouche, Principal/District Administrator, Lakeland Union High School, Minocqua, WI.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to experience all that’s great in American Indian education!

Who should attend? Almost anyone with an interest in Native American education is encouraged to participate, including teachers, students, administrators, parents, grandparents, legislators and tribal leaders.

Is there a cost? Yes, the Wisconsin Indian Education Association is a non-profit organization, with the annual conference being the main fundraising source for the organization’s annual operating budget. The cost varies depending on age and participation.

What will I gain by attending? You will gain an invaluable look into what’s happening in Native education. This, along with networking opprotunities, workshops, presentations, and keynote addresses provides an experience you won’t soon forget! And that’s not including the youth paint run/walk, pow-wow at Lakeland Union High School, annual awards banquet and special concert by Swedish singing sensation Sofia Jannok!

RFP Training and Technical Assistance Provider

Please consider submitting a Proposal for Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Services to the Division of Energy, Housing, and Community Resources (DEHCR) and to local providers of housing and residential program services administered by DEHCR/Department of Administration.

Due February 10th, you can find all the info on VendorNet.

 

National Indian Education Association Pre Convention Tribal Ed Presentation Announced!

Dr. Marty Reinhardt

Dr. Marty Reinhardt

NIEA announces Pre-Convention Meetings and Focus Forums! Check out Dr. Bowman’s session to take place Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

Utilizing a Tri-Lateral Model Approach to Revitalize Tribal Education Systems

Dr. Nicole Bowman, Bowman Performance Consulting and Dr. Martin Reinhardt, Northern Michigan University

Description:  Western approaches to tribal and public education policy and programming results in gaps in services, poor resource allocation, inappropriate programming, and chronic education system failure, resulting in unmet American Indian (AI) education needs. This pre-convention workshop introduces a tri-lateral educational model that tribal governments can use to build their own model for Indian education. Using data and lessons learned from previous tri-lateral studies, participants will consider key components of a tri-lateral model, an overview of studies with key findings, and discussion/work time to process how the tri-lateral model may help them study their own educational ordinances, policies, and practices to build capacities and systems of support for Indian education in their own community.   Building stronger tribal/public government systems of support for achieving the vision of developing a true tri-lateral (tribal, federal, state) responsibility to improve the educational success of American Indian students is possible.  Attend this pre-convention workshop and be prepared to learn from one another and share ideas, resources, and practical strategies for a better tomorrow.

Time: 9 – 4:30pm (7.5 hours)
Room: Carson 4

*Register Now! https://niea.site-ym.com/Login.aspx?optional=1&store=1&returl=%2fstore%2fRenewMembership.aspx

Indigenous Evaluation 101 Webinar Tomorrow!

webinar imageIndigenous Evaluation 101:  Designing Evaluations that Are Culturally Responsive & Scientifically Rigorous Three Part Webinar

  • Part 1-Evaluation 101 and Importance for Tribal Planning & Infrastructure

Monday June 20th, 2016 | 1:00 pm -2:00 pm CDT |

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Register Here

  • Part 2-Evaluation Designs for Tribal Communities

Tuesday June 21st, 2016 | 1:00 pm -2:00 pm CDT |

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  • Part 3-Protecting Tribal Data, Knowledge & Other Types of Property

Wednesday June 22nd, 2016 | 1:00 pm -2:00 pm CDT |

Webinar website

Register Here

Training Description:

Do you want to show the impact your project /programming is having?  Is meeting the technical evaluation reporting requirements while still including of culture within evaluation a challenge?  If so, this three-part webinar series is for you! Addressing scientific “rigor” of evaluation for “evidence-based” reports and including culturally-responsive evaluation IS possible!  This NEW three-part evaluation series training will give you the foundation that you need to become more comfortable with project or program evaluation.  Session 1 will give an overview of evaluation basics, commonly used evaluation designs by funders, and describes the important role of data collection and evaluation to the Tribal planning process and measuring long-term strategic impacts.  Session 2 expands on basic evaluation designs and offers innovative Indigenous and culturally and contextually responsive evaluation designs that can be used in Indigenous communities on the Reservation, in urban areas, or in rural contexts.  Session 3 concludes by discussion of evaluation ethics, protections, and strategies for keeping data, intellectual and cultural property with the Tribal Government or organization as they keep in control of their information and build research/evaluation partnerships with non-Tribal agencies and funding sources.  Many resources and concrete examples will be provided to deepen the meaning and applicability of each workshop’s content.

Training Objectives:

  • Part 1-Evaluation 101 and Importance for Tribal Planning & Infrastructure

Monday June 20th, 2016 | 1:00 pm -2:00 pm CDT | 1.5 hours

Evaluation 101 and Importance for Tribal Planning & Infrastructure

General overview on evaluation terms and commonly used evaluation designs by funding agencies (non-Tribal) is covered.  Connecting the important of data collection and evaluation to the tribal planning and measuring long term strategic impacts is also included.

  • Part 2-Evaluation Designs for Tribal Communities

Tuesday June 21st, 2016 | 1:00 pm -2:00 pm CDT | 1.5 hours

Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation Designs

Information and tips to develop culturally responsive evaluation designs that can be used for Indigenous populations in the Reservation, rural, or urban context will be shared.  CR Indigenous evaluation expands on basic evaluation designs used by non-Tribal funding agencies and gives participants strategies that will meet the community’s cultural requirements as well as the funder’s technical or scientific requirements.

  • Part 3-Protecting Tribal Data, Knowledge & Other Types of Property

Wednesday June 22nd, 2016 | 1:00 pm -2:00 pm CDT | 1.5 hours

Protecting Tribal Data, Knowledge, & Intellectual or Cultural Property

Identify and document best practices to help organizations protect their Tribal data, knowledge, intellectual and/or cultural property. Then learn how to obtain positive change and leverage resources with said data. Information on how to assist Tribal Governments or organizations in maintaining control of their information by learning about; Indigenous evaluation ethics, protections, strategies for keeping data, addressing intellectual and cultural property rights.  Strategies for finding and building research/evaluation partnerships with non-Tribal agencies and funding sources will also be shared.

Objectives (overall):

  1. Participants will understand basic evaluations, designs, and purposes.
  2. Participants will understand the role of data collection and evaluation on Tribal planning and measuring long term strategic impacts.
  3. Participants will understand what an Indigenous and culturally responsive evaluation design is and how to use culture within a larger basic evaluation design to meet community and funder’s needs for evaluation.
  4. Participants will be aware and have examples and resources for Tribal protection of data, including: cultural and intellectual property protections, sample Tribal IRB policies, and example data sharing agreements so Tribal participants can effectively negotiate with non-Tribal research or evaluation partners and non-Tribal funding agencies.

Webinar! Indigenous Evaluation 101: Designing Evaluations that Are Culturally Responsive & Scientifically Rigorous

webinar imageIndigenous Evaluation 101:  Designing Evaluations that Are Culturally Responsive & Scientifically Rigorous Three Part Webinar

Webinar website

  • Part 1-Evaluation 101 and Importance for Tribal Planning & Infrastructure

Monday June 20th, 2016 | 1:00 pm -2:00 pm CDT |

  • Part 2-Evaluation Designs for Tribal Communities

Tuesday June 21st, 2016 | 1:00 pm -2:00 pm CDT |

  • Part 3-Protecting Tribal Data, Knowledge & Other Types of Property

Wednesday June 22nd, 2016 | 1:00 pm -2:00 pm CDT |

Training Description:

Do you want to show the impact your project /programming is having?  Is meeting the technical evaluation reporting requirements while still including of culture within evaluation a challenge?  If so, this three-part webinar series is for you! Addressing scientific “rigor” of evaluation for “evidence-based” reports and including culturally-responsive evaluation IS possible!  This NEW three-part evaluation series training will give you the foundation that you need to become more comfortable with project or program evaluation.  Session 1 will give an overview of evaluation basics, commonly used evaluation designs by funders, and describes the important role of data collection and evaluation to the Tribal planning process and measuring long-term strategic impacts.  Session 2 expands on basic evaluation designs and offers innovative Indigenous and culturally and contextually responsive evaluation designs that can be used in Indigenous communities on the Reservation, in urban areas, or in rural contexts.  Session 3 concludes by discussion of evaluation ethics, protections, and strategies for keeping data, intellectual and cultural property with the Tribal Government or organization as they keep in control of their information and build research/evaluation partnerships with non-Tribal agencies and funding sources.  Many resources and concrete examples will be provided to deepen the meaning and applicability of each workshop’s content.

Training Objectives:

  • Part 1-Evaluation 101 and Importance for Tribal Planning & Infrastructure

Monday June 20th, 2016 | 1:00 pm -2:00 pm CDT | 1.5 hours

Evaluation 101 and Importance for Tribal Planning & Infrastructure

General overview on evaluation terms and commonly used evaluation designs by funding agencies (non-Tribal) is covered.  Connecting the important of data collection and evaluation to the tribal planning and measuring long term strategic impacts is also included.

  • Part 2-Evaluation Designs for Tribal Communities

Tuesday June 21st, 2016 | 1:00 pm -2:00 pm CDT | 1.5 hours

Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation Designs

Information and tips to develop culturally responsive evaluation designs that can be used for Indigenous populations in the Reservation, rural, or urban context will be shared.  CR Indigenous evaluation expands on basic evaluation designs used by non-Tribal funding agencies and gives participants strategies that will meet the community’s cultural requirements as well as the funder’s technical or scientific requirements.

  • Part 3-Protecting Tribal Data, Knowledge & Other Types of Property

Wednesday June 22nd, 2016 | 1:00 pm -2:00 pm CDT | 1.5 hours

Protecting Tribal Data, Knowledge, & Intellectual or Cultural Property

Identify and document best practices to help organizations protect their Tribal data, knowledge, intellectual and/or cultural property. Then learn how to obtain positive change and leverage resources with said data. Information on how to assist Tribal Governments or organizations in maintaining control of their information by learning about; Indigenous evaluation ethics, protections, strategies for keeping data, addressing intellectual and cultural property rights.  Strategies for finding and building research/evaluation partnerships with non-Tribal agencies and funding sources will also be shared.

Objectives (overall):

  1. Participants will understand basic evaluations, designs, and purposes.
  2. Participants will understand the role of data collection and evaluation on Tribal planning and measuring long term strategic impacts.
  3. Participants will understand what an Indigenous and culturally responsive evaluation design is and how to use culture within a larger basic evaluation design to meet community and funder’s needs for evaluation.
  4. Participants will be aware and have examples and resources for Tribal protection of data, including: cultural and intellectual property protections, sample Tribal IRB policies, and example data sharing agreements so Tribal participants can effectively negotiate with non-Tribal research or evaluation partners and non-Tribal funding agencies.

Dr. Nicky to be Keynote Discussant at EERS!

 

dr nicole bowman dr stafford hoodDr. Nicole Bowman was just named the keynote discussant at EERS and Dr. Stafford Hood is the keynoter.

The Eastern Evaluation Research Society will hold its 39th annual conference Sunday, May 1st through Tuesday, May 3rd at the Seaview Resort and Spa in Galloway, NJ.

Register now for the best rates at
http://cts.vresp.com/c/?EasternEvaluationRes/8dd7555d82/536747a440/81fb258e46

This year’s theme is Improving Outcomes, Building Knowledge:
Finding What Works. The keynote speaker will be John Gargani, President, Gargani + Company and current AEA President.

Pre-conference workshops will be led by:

1. Mustafa Karakus, Westat, Concepts in Economic Evaluations:
Cost-Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness Analyses and 2. Tom Archibald, Virginia Tech, Evaluative Thinking: Principles and Practices to Enhance Evaluation Capacity and Quality.

A Sunday evening interactive and networking session will be led by Kirk Knestis of Hezel Associates.

According to EERS president Cheryl Ackerman, “This year’s EERS program, with an increased number of skill building sessions, outstanding keynote and plenary speakers, relevant presentations, and an intimate setting with many networking opportunities, will be a professional development opportunity not to be missed for every level of evaluator!”

Early bird rates continue through March 31st. For more information, go to the EERS website.

http://cts.vresp.com/c/?EasternEvaluationRes/8dd7555d82/536747a440/bb3d586dc3

Training Opportunity for Native American Veteran Entrepreneurs

nativelearningcenter-logoNew training offered by The Native Learning Center.

Native American Veteran Entrepreneurship

Instructor: Patti Mitchell, Training Development Specialist and Nathan Harris, Curriculum Design & Training Specialist for the Native Learning Center
Date: January 27, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST
Register NowTraining Description:
This course will discuss the importance of Native American Veteran entrepreneurs. There are many programs available to veterans from government and non-profit agencies that are designed to help create small businesses. We will discuss these programs and look at franchising opportunities as well. Native American Veteran entrepreneurship is an important part of community development in Native communities.

Training Objectives:
• Discuss entrepreneurship opportunities for Native American Veterans;
• Review programs that are available to help open small businesses;
• Breakdown private a public organization designed to assist the Native American Veterans;
• Review the importance of entrepreneurship and community development.

Upcoming January Webinars

Creating a Social Media Strategy for your Housing Department in 5 Simple Steps
Instructor: Marie Dufour-Bonville, Director of Training & Technical Services and Christina Gonzalez, Marketing Coordinator for the Native Learning Center
Date: January 28, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST
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Training Objectives:
• Research and listen — find out what people are already saying about your organization and learn what they want;
• How to define your social media goals — 9 considerations;
• Resources for running social media — how to find the right people;
• Define your platform — what’s best for your organization;
• Plan to measure your success — tips on monitoring your social media plan.

For more information please visit:  http://nativelearningcenter.com/

About Native Learning Center

The Native Learning Center is a Model Program supported by the Indian Housing Block Grant awarded by the Office of Native American Programs, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The opinions contained in education, training and technical assistance sessions are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Native Learning Center, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Office of Native American Programs, or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. References to specific agencies, organizations, firms, products, services, processes and procedures should not be considered an endorsement by the listed entities. Rather, the references are informational and illustrations to supplement discussions of the issues.