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Highlighting Indigenous-owned small businesses you can support today (and every day)

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is celebrated on the second Monday of October and November is Native American Heritage Month. This time recognizes and honors Indigenous, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Native Alaskan communities, and the contributions of these communities and small businesses to every aspect of our society.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent estimates on the characteristics of employer businesses in its Annual Business Survey, there are an estimated 24,433 American Indian and Alaska Native-owned businesses in the United States with approximately $33.7 billion in receipts, roughly 200,256 employees, and about $8.2 billion in annual payroll.

To mark Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Native American Heritage Month, we are highlighting several small businesses whose Indigenous, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Native Alaskan owners are alumni of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) programs and are an integral part of the fabric of the communities where their businesses are located (and beyond). We will continue to update this list with other companies.

Anderson Pest Control
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Alumni: Sherry Anderson (Cohort: National 11 2019)

Anderson Pest Control is a locally owned and family-operated business providing residential and commercial clients in Las Vegas and the surrounding region. Anderson’s mission is to protect what their customers value most – family, health, and home – from unwanted pests. Their multi-pronged approach works to repel, take down, and physically exclude pests, including ants, bed bugs, cockroaches, rodents, scorpions, and spiders, from entering the premises.

AnimaticMedia, Inc.
Location: Pompano Beach, FL
Alumni: Gordon Scott Owenby (Cohort: Miami 10 2017)

Animaticmedia is a full-service animatic production company that likes to be known as “everyone’s local company” backed by a support team in its worldwide offices that include London, Berlin, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and Manilla. Animaticmedia has more than 15 years’ experience working with world-renowned brands and agencies to bring stories to life.

Cori’s Cake Dreams 
Location: Waipahu, HI
Alumni: Cori Nakamoto (Cohort: Hawai’i 2021)

Cori’s Cake Dreams is a luxury cake studio based in Oahu, Hawaii, specializing in stylish fondant wedding cakes and sweet treats for life’s most precious celebrations. Trend-led, luxurious, and flawlessly detailed, each design is custom crafted for your individual taste and style to create a stand out centerpiece for your wedding or special occasion unlike any other. With an ethos that combines both mouthwatering flavor and artistry, Cori works closely with you to design, make, and deliver the cake of your dreams.

Crabtree’s Logan Sales Company
Location: Logan, OH
Alumni: Richard Crabtree II (Cohort: Columbus, OH 2 2020)

Crabtree’s Logan Sales Company proclaims it’s “not your average general store.” The friendly, family-owned business sells a diverse selection of products that is tailored to community needs and a heartly offering of hardware in its unique retail establishment. Whether armed with a shopping list or just looking to burn some time, Crabtree’s ‘LS’ welcomes you between their many aisles of fantastic finds.

GovSolutions, Inc.
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Alumni: Donna Long (Cohort: Virginia 12 2019)

Government Solutions, Inc. is a full-service packaged office specialist firm that provides interior space planning, project management, office furniture and furnishings, installation services, warranty/repair, and move/reconfiguration services across a variety of industries.  Clients include government, corporate, healthcare, education, broadcast, cultural, and hospitality entities.

Grateful Earth Coffee Co. 
Location: Laguna Hills, CA
Alumni: Lorenzo Sevilla (Cohort: Southern California 2021) 

Grateful Earth was founded based on the belief in inspiring the mind, body, and soul holistically with the power of adaptogenic plants, nutritious mushrooms, and earth’s gifts. Harnessing the power of superfoods, adaptogens, herbs, and spices, Grateful Earth has made getting superfoods into your diet as simple. By blending these ingredients with arabica coffee sourced from the world’s top growing regions, they have created a Superfood Coffee and your new favorite morning beverage. 

Human Capital Staffing, LLC
Location: Bloomfield Hills, MI
Alumni: Mary Adams (Cohort: Detroit 10 2017)

Human Capital Staffing has been a Native American, woman-owned and operated company since its founding in 1995. The workplace staffing solutions company provides clients with a diverse range of innovative staffing solutions that help achieve their business needs and goals. HCS has been listed among Crain’s Detroit Business’ top Native American-owned companies.

Jil Sonia Interiors
Location: Abbotsford, BC
Alumni: Jil McDonald (Cohort: 2022)

Jil Sonia Interior Designs is an award-winning interior design studio specializing in designing and decorating residential homes and offices throughout Canada. With 16 years experience, they’ve created an eDesign process to help guide you through your next project whether you are building new, renovating, decorating one room or a whole home, or need a certified colour strategist’s help.

Key Moment Films
Location: Palm Beach, FL
Alumni: Mary Angelini (Cohort: Miami 10 2017)

Key Moment Films is a filmmaker specializing in luxury wedding cinematography for celebrations in the Palm Beach, FL and Newport, RI areas. In addition to capturing wedding video, the team helps manage time, scouts locations for portraits, pins boutonnieres, ties bowties, and even pick food out of someone’s teeth to make certain the event is picture perfect. They proclaim that there isn’t much they wouldn’t do to help a wedding run smoothly.

Native Engineers, LLC
Location: Mandeville, LA
Alumni: Sean P. Warren, PE (Cohort: New Orleans 20 2018)

Native Engineers, LLC is a 100% Native American-owned business experienced in providing engineering, project management, and construction-related services for heavy civil projects and commercial buildings. Native Engineers was named the 2020 Louisiana Government Contractor of the Year by the Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center. The firm’s multiple contract awards from the General Services Administration, Department of Defense, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Coastal Protection and Restoration Agency has generated up to $14.2 million in contracting capacity.

One Way of Michigan Carpet Services
Location: Farmington Hills, MI
Alumni: Bryden Patenaude (Cohort: Detroit 3 2015)

One Way offers full carpet cleaning, restoration services and 24/7 emergency services to customers in Greater Metro Detroit (Ann Arbor, Farmington Hills, Grand Rapids, and Utica). The company shares that they are a one-stop shop for all carpet solutions and more than just a carpet cleaner – their team is always striving to provide a great experience, all with a smile.

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