Developing strong Native  

business leaders, families and citizens of all tribes in Nebraska, Iowa, and southeast South Dakota.

In 2018, First Ponca Financial changed its name to better serve and be recognized by all Native Americans in Nebraska, Iowa, and southeast South Dakota.  The new name Native 360 Loan Fund encompasses our mission: to provide affordable credit, capital, technical assistance and related programs to help build strong and self-sufficient Native American business owners, families and citizens. We serve the citizens of all tribes in Nebraska, Iowa, and southeast South Dakota.

Our New Name

In 2018, First Ponca Financial changed its name to better serve and be recognized by all Native Americans in Nebraska, Iowa, and southeast South Dakota.  The new name Native 360 Loan Fund encompasses our mission: to provide affordable credit, capital, technical assistance and related programs to help build strong and self-sufficient Native American business owners, families and citizens. We serve the citizens of all tribes in Nebraska, Iowa, and southeast South Dakota.

Native Artist Professional Development Training

Native Artist Professional Development Training

The training was held at the Ohiya Casino & Resort, Niobrara, NE on May 5th – 6th, 2018. Our two-day Native Artist training was in associate with First Peoples Fund. This training was designed for emerging and seasoned artists alike. This training gave artists real-world tools and detailed resources to navigate the arts industry and […]
Native American Entrepreneurial Empowerment Workshop

Native American Entrepreneurial Empowerment Workshop

Our entrepreneurial workshop was held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Sioux City on September 20th & 21st. The workshop was designed for start-ups or small business look to expand. The training provided comprehensive information indispensable to entrepreneurs and covered topics such as business models, planning, access to capital, marketing, basic bookkeeping, break-even analyses, […]
Financial Peace University

Financial Peace University

This is a nine lesson course based on simple money-management strategies. We discuss the basics of saving, budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future and much more. We conducted three financial peace university classes this past year. Our Omaha classes graduated November 13th, 2017 & March 5th, 2018 and our Norfolk Class October 30th, 2017. […]
Launch Box Native Small Business Workshop

Launch Box Native Small Business Workshop

This 5-Part Series was held at the Northern Ponca Housing in Norfolk, NE. Our entrepreneurial & small business series was developed for Native start-ups or existing business. Our team of professionals offered assistance in business plan preparation, accounting, taxes, legal, marketing, social media & employee training and development. The series included Box of Chocolate Session – June 13th |Launch Box Session – July 12th |Shoe Box Session – July 25th Virtual Box Session – August 22nd |Treasurer Chest Session – September 19th

Martin Eggert

“Financial Peace University has shown me how to make sure every dollar of my money is working for me and serving a purpose, instead of just being used on unplanned spur of the moment purchases”

Martin Eggert
Financial Peace University Graduate

Jenny Jones

“I found this course to be great. It really teaches you to manage your money. Make your money work for you. In nine weeks I have cut up two credit cards and almost have my emergency fund.”

Jenny Jones
Financial Peace University Graduate

Valerie Wright

“This class has been very beneficial and I have already started to save for my $1000 emergency fund. This class has helped me understand buying insurance, to save money for retirement and how to get out of debt.”

Valerie Wright
Financial Peace University Graduate

Ruthanne Gallup

“I wish everyone would take this class and put into practice the concepts that were taught”

Ruthanne Gallup
Financial Peace University Graduate

Tara Wahcahunka

“I came to the training unsure of the business aspect of my work. I’m walking away with a new found confidence in all the knowledge that was shared.”

Tara Wahcahunka
Native Artist Professional Development Attendee

Ricky Wright, Jr.

”The Native Artist Professional Development Training was a great learning experience. I would recommend the training to not only upcoming artist, but also, to anyone intended in Native Culture and/or business.”

Ricky Wright, Jr.

Janet Gill

“It has been a pleasure to work with Native360l. It is a rare experience to find a loan company that walks along beside the owner and provides counsel and assistance along the way. The help with planning, problem-solving, and business model tuning, coaching, and bookkeeping has been phenomenal. The resource connections are top-notch. First Ponca Financial joins in celebrating successes and assists new business owners in overcoming hardships and stresses that are sure to happen in the operation of a new business”

Janet Gill
Owner of Bloomfield Tire & Oil

Jessica Johnson

“I had a great experience! Being a small business owner can be very stressful at times but the whole organization was so caring of my situation. They helped me through a difficult period. I call them my Knights in Shining Armor! Amazing people and I highly recommend!”

Jessica Johnson
Owner of Living Beautifully Spa

Matthew Nightser

“The team were true professionals. I felt that they cared about my personal and financial wellbeing. They actually go out of their way to make sure you are on the right track. Their communication is excellent and their business ethics are superb. They certainly know what they are doing. What a wonderful experience!”

Matthew Nightser
Owner of Hedgewood402

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