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Partner spotlight: Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council

There are numerous organizations who partner with the First American Capital Corporation, Inc. We highlight our partners in our monthly newsletters to help you learn how they help businesses.

The Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc. (GLITC) Economic Development program strives to help tribes facilitate project development and implement economic development strategies, which can contribute to local efforts to build, improve or better leverage tribal economic assets.

The GLITC worked in collaboration with the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin (AICCW) in the development of a three-part series — the Wisconsin Tribal Economic Prosperity Planning series workshops, which support and advance respective Native American communities’ economic and business goals.

The series was formulated with several community partners, including the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA), the American Indian Chamber of Wisconsin, First American Capital Corporation, Inc. and the University of Wisconsin—Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship, as well as the Native Nations Institute—University of Arizona.

Generous funding support for this series was provided by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Bay Bank.

Diane House, GLITC’s economic development program director, said the workshops are customized for each Nation’s needs and held in the local community.

“Each series focuses on different topics and Nations can determine what they want to learn about the most,” she said. “The sessions look to align the financial and political needs to create further development.”

The Economic Prosperity Planning series has three custom programs, with each one building on the previous course.

Wisconsin Tribal Economic Prosperity Planning 101: Discusses how investments in Native American economic, entrepreneurial and community development efforts bring a variety of benefits and resources, including job creation/retention to tribal nations and local members. The session explores and helps identify the different forms of economic and community development opportunities and resources that may exist for each Tribal Nation.

Wisconsin Tribal Economic Prosperity Planning 201: This session helps participants understand the Native Nation building approach to sustainable economic and community development. It also discusses strategies for tribal governments to encourage economic growth.

Wisconsin Tribal Economic Prosperity Planning 301: The final session assists individual Wisconsin Native Nations in their business and enterprise formation and expansion efforts utilizing the Business Model Canvas.

This series’ intended audience includes tribal elected leadership, development personnel, tribal enterprise/business development corporation management and tribal member entrepreneurs. It includes short lectures, in-class exercises and optional homework activities.

To learn more, read the latest issue of the GLITC Resiliency Newsletter and access the WI Tribal Economic Prosperity Planning Series brochure below.

WI Tribal Economic Prosperity Planning_v4_Final - AICCW
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To request a WI Tribal Economic Prosperity Planning Series for your community contact: Diane House at or Gary Mejchar at


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