Small Business Development Services

The vision of the Choctaw Nation is “to achieve healthy, successful, productive, and self-sufficient lifestyles for a proud nation of Choctaws.

Choctaw Small Business Development Services (CSBDS) is supporting the vision of the Choctaw Nation by providing assistance to Choctaw tribal entrepreneurs that want to start or expand their business within the 10 ½ counties of the Choctaw Nation.  Choctaw Tribal members that utilize the services will receive specialized assistance through one-on-one business counseling, training workshops, an extensive network of business assistance programs and access to other educational networking opportunities.

CSBDS is a single source entry point for member advisory in the business start-up and existing business enhancement process that increase the opportunity for success through partnerships with state, federal and tribal resources.

Technical Assistance will include, but not be limited to:

  • Business Planning
  • Business Counseling
  • Business Registration
  • Minority Business Registration
  • Business Taxes
  • Marketing
  • Bid Assistance
  • Access to Choctaw Preferred Supplier Program
  • Access to other Choctaw Nation Businesses
  • Access to Financing*

*CSBDS does not provide any direct financing or financial support

Business services provided to qualified tribal members:

  • Training Scholarships
  • Market Research
  • Graphic Design and Branding
  • Marketing Materials (limited funding)

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FAQ’s

What are the requirements to access Services?

The applicant must be a registered tribal member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma residing or planning to relocate within the 10 ½ counties in Southeast Oklahoma.  All other registered tribal members outside of the Choctaw Nation will be able to receive technical assistance and business resource materials.

Does the Choctaw Nation provide any financial support to tribal members?

CSBDS does not provide any direct financial support in assisting tribal members in starting or expanding their business.

How can I get a loan?

CSBDS does not have lending programs, but utilizes a network of potential business lenders that have an interest in providing business financing to Choctaw Tribal members.

Does the CSBDS issue grants?

No, CSBDS does not issue any type of grants. Any questions about grant opportunities will be referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

What types of industries does CSBDS work with?

Any firm that is owned by a Choctaw Tribal member that works in any industry can seek assistance.

How can I get certified as a minority business owner?

There are several certification that may be available for your firm.  Our staff can advise you based on your company’s particular situation.