Asking for your support – GEDAKINA’S annual Fall Fundraiser


Greetings, we are asking for your generous support of our annual fundraising campaign. All
funds raised go to support our community-based programs and activities for Native American
children, women and their families from across New England. Examples of how we use your
generous donations include: Distribution of Thanksgiving Food baskets; Winter clothing for
youth; Supplies for cultural activities like our Bringing Back Our Songs project where youth
make their own hand drums and learn traditional songs; Distribution of children’s books by
Native American authors from New England, to children and their families and to tribal schools
and after-school programs through our – Our Stories project; and distribution of fishing rod and
reel sets for our youth fishing/food project. Thanks to your generous support we have never
charged any youth or family member to participate in any of our activities – and we have been
around doing this work since 2002. So a big thank you to everyone that has supported these and
our activities – because without your assistance and support – we really wouldn’t be able to do as
much as we do.

Way to support our DawnLand Fund:

Visit and safely/securely donate using our PayPal link.

Send checks or money orders to:
GEDAKINA PO Box 2363 Amherst, MA 01004
GEDAKINA PO Box 2478 Bangor, ME 04402
GEDAKINA PO Box 9061 Essex, VT 05451

Thanks for your support!! GEDAKINA is a 501c3 nonprofit.

Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law


Find Funding for your Business!

Dr. Nicole Bowman of Bowman Performance Consulting discusses grant writing, services BPC offers, and how to get grants. She suggests diversifying your services, and communicating them well. Visit her website for a list of grants available for for-profit businesses.

Grants and Loans for Businesses through Non-Profits

Federal Funding Sources for Entrepreneurs

Wisconsin State Sources of Funding for Entrepreneurs

American Indian Business Resources

Keynoter Rodney Hopson has arrived for AEA Milwaukee Affiliate Conference Today in Milwaukee

Rodney Hopson

Rodney K. Hopson is Professor, Division of Educational Psychology, Research Methods, and Education Policy, College of Education and Human Development, George Mason University. Previously, he served as Professor, Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership in the School of Education, and teaching faculty member in the Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research and Honors College in the School of Liberal Arts, Duquesne University. He received his Ph.D. from the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia and has done post-doctoral/sabbatical studies in the Faculty of Education, University of Namibia, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Centre of African Studies, Cambridge University.


BPC Works with All Mission Indian Housing Authority

Project Summary:

BPC provides technical assistance to the All Mission Indian Housing Authority (AMIHA) clients and to AMIHA itself for organizational development activities.  BPC has provided grant writing, research, program development, and organizational development services on this five year indefinite quantity contract through task orders.

Client Sector:

Tribal Non Profit

BPC Services:

Technical Assistance

Project Term:

2012 – 2017

Bowman Performance ConsultingCustom Training and Consulting Upon Request

Bowman Performance Consulting 271 River Pine Drive, Shawano, WI 54166 ♦ Phone: 715-526-9240 ♦ Fax: 715-526-6028

RBEG Services

Services offered to participants of the Mentor-Protege program through the Menominee Business Center as made possible by the RBEG grant. Read about the grant and program.

*View the PDF of RBEG Services

1.   Specialized Certifications (Municipal, State, Federal)

BPC can give you info on specialized certifications to help drive more business to your company. Examples: minority business, women business, certified Indian business (WDOT), 8a certification (small minority, disadvantage) to name several. BPC can help you with WME, DOT, and HUB certification.

Minority Business Enterprise Certification Program – The purpose of the Minority Business Certification Program is to increase the opportunity for minority firms to sell their products and services to the State of Wisconsin. A certified minority business is eligible for a 5 percent bid preference on state purchases.

Women-Owned Business Enterprise Certification Program – The Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification provides a State of Wisconsin validation of the ownership of business by a woman or women.  State certified WBE’s are able to provide both governmental entities and private companies with a credible recognition of the business’ ownership.  The WBE certification may serve as an additional marketing tool when seeking contract opportunities with entities that place a value on having a diverse supplier base.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation Minority Business Enterprise Certification – The purpose of the Minority Business Enterprise Certification Program is to increase the opportunity for minority firms to sell their products and services to the state of Wisconsin.

8A Business Certification – Although the SBA doesn’t certify minority-owned businesses, it does certify small businesses considered to be socially and economically disadvantaged under its nine-year 8(a) Business Development Program.  The 8(a) program helps these firms develop and grow their businesses through one-to-one counseling, training workshops and management and technical guidance.  It also provides access to government contracting opportunities, allowing them to become solid competitors in the federal marketplace.  In fiscal year 2010, small businesses received more than $18.4 billion in 8(a) contract dollars.

HUBZone CertificationThe Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities.

Milwaukee County Certifications – Certification is the process used by Milwaukee County’s Community Business Development Partners department (CBDP) to determine the eligibility of small businesses to participate in Milwaukee County’s small and disadvantaged business opportunity program initiatives.  These initiatives are designed to increase the diversification of Milwaukee County’s annual spend to include more small, local businesses.  Doing business with small, local businesses enables Milwaukee County dollars to remain in the community, and for those dollars to work toward sustainable job creation.  Becoming certified may create new, or increase the current number of, opportunities for small businesses to perform work with Milwaukee County.

2.  Tribal Governments and Other Tribal Certifications

Tribal Employments Rights Office (TERO) Certifications – The primary purpose of the TERO program is to enforce tribally enacted Indian Preference law to insure that Indian/Alaska Native people gain their rightful share to employment, training, contracting, subcontracting, and business opportunities on and near reservations and native villages. Requirements vary by tribe.

Indian Preference – Indian preference is a unique legal right that tribal members have that entitles them to first consideration at all employment, training, contracting, subcontracting, and business opportunities that exist on and in some cases near reservations.

American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin – The American Indian Chamber of Commerce (AICCW) exists to promote economic development in Wisconsin Indian Country through directed service delivery to American Indian entrepreneurs. Since inception in 1991, the AICCW has remained committed to providing statewide advocacy, networking, one-to-one business management counseling and access to financial products and services to Wisconsin-based American Indian business people.

Native Americans in Philanthropy – Native Americans in Philanthropy is a growing circle of nonprofits, tribal communities, and foundations committed to the beliefs, traditions and gifts of Native peoples.
> Engage We work together to develop meaningful philanthropic opportunities.
> Educate We learn together to master a method of philanthropy rooted in Native values.
> Empower We inspire each other to advance Native assets and strengths.

Indian Chambers of Commerce – There are several American Indian Chambers of Commerce. BPC can help you find the right one(s) to join.

3.  Non-Profit and Other Certifications
What Works Clearinghouse – The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) was established in 2002 as an initiative of the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education. The WWC is administered by the National Center for Education Evaluation within IES. The goal of the WWC is to be a resource for informed education decision making. To reach this goal, the WWC identifies studies that provide credible and reliable evidence of the effectiveness of a given practice, program, or policy (referred to as “interventions”), and disseminates summary information and reports on the WWC website. With over 700 publications available and more than 6,000 reviewed studies in the online searchable database, the WWC aims to inform researchers, educators, and policymakers as they work toward improving education for students.

American Evaluation Association – The American Evaluation Association is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation. Evaluation involves assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products, and organizations to improve their effectiveness. AEA has approximately 7700 members representing all 50 states in the United States as well as over 60 foreign countries.

Chambers of Commerce – There are countless Chambers of Commerce. BPC can help you find the right one(s) to join.

Wisconsin Entrepreneur’s Network – Business assistance, training, financing opportunities and a network of over 100 organizations helping existing and potential Wisconsin businesses succeed.


Custom Training and Consulting Upon Request

Bowman Performance Consulting  271 River Pine Drive, Shawano, WI  54166  ♦  Phone:  715-526-9240  ♦  Fax:  715-526-6028