-from the Curator
Campo Band of the Kumeyaay Nation for completing a four month training course entitled "Leadership Training for Enterprenerial/ Small Business/Economic Development" conducted by the California Indian Manpower Consortium, Inc. (CIMC). During the training period, Frank developed a business plan for his emerging business, Condor Bad Creations Nature Themed Apparel. We look forward to carrying his business' creations in the Museum's gift shop when they are available.
Recipients of this unique training opportunity were selected through a
competitive application process. Trainees received extensive training
from a select group of individuals chosen for their outstanding skills, accomplishments
and expertise in their respective fields and for their contributions to Native entrepreneurship.
The culturally-relevant curriculum included development of analytical skills (e.g.,
feasibility/market analysis, financial projections) and persuasive writing and presentation skills.
Students learned to develop a business plan and received information on resources to start and
grow businesses. Also, the group benefited from the experiences of several successful Native entrepreneurs.
This training program was made possible by funding provided by the U.S. Department of Labor
as part of CIMC's Workforce Development Program and through a donation provided by the
Cahuilla Economic Development Corporation.
More than 350 Native American individuals have completed this Native entrepreneur training
program during the past fifteen years. Through this training program, CIMC, a Native non-profit
organization operating in California since 1978, makes every effort to provide leadership training
to build healthy Native communities by developing the skills of Native entrepreneurs to be profitable
and sustainable in the larger context of Native culture and sovereignty.