Native360 Helps Norfolk Startup Expand Powwow Inventory

Richard and Beverly Wright and their daughter, Dannette, operate Cherry’s Native Creations, based in Norfolk, Neb. The Wrights attend powwows each year in Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas and noticed many items being sold by vendors who are not Native Americans.

They founded Cherry’s Native Creations, named after Richard’s mother, to provide genuine Native-made handicrafts.

“Most of the powwows have non-Natives there selling different items, but most people want to buy Native-made items. … We were looking to grow bigger with more inventory, but it was hard with the three of us working. That’s where Native360 came in,” said Richard Wright.

Financing from Native360 has helped the Wrights expand their inventory of diamond willow canes, tables and lamps; bead work; chokers; and earrings; as well as purchase items from

other Native American artisans for resale.

The Wrights also hope to expand their business overseas, helping to meet the worldwide demand for quality, genuine Native American handicrafts.

“We appreciated working with the Wrights and are looking for more Native entrepreneurs we can assist,” said Pete Upton, executive director of Native360. “It takes the right business relationships to make these success stories come true.”

Native360 Loan Fund Inc. provides affordable credit, capital, technical assistance and related programs to help build strong and self-sufficient Native American business owners. We serve members of all tribes in our Nebraska, Iowa and southeast South Dakota service area.

Bloomfield Tire & Oil – Stingers OneStop Convenience Store

The Gills family business includes parents Ken & Janet along with son Jeremy and wife Stacey. They acquired Freeman Brothers in 2013 and renamed it Bloomfield Tire & Oil, where Jeremy Gill spearheads the tire & oil operation. He gained his knowledge and experience while working for the former owners, the Freeman brothers, during his high school years. After attending college and working in another industry, Jeremy decided to move his family back to his hometown of Bloomfield when they purchased the tire and oil business.

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Hedgewood402

Matthew and Anna Nightser own and operate a tree trimming and removal service Hedgewood402 located in Bellevue, NE. Their journey began five years ago when Matthew worked with a family member learning the trade. He made the decision to go out on his own after two years and opened Hedgewood402. Matthew’s organization is a one-man show and his hard work, commitment to quality and his determination have grown this business. He receives most of his new business through referrals from his current customer base.