Native Business Accelerator

Native Business Accelerator


NAYA’s Native Business Accelerator aims to build prosperity in Portland, Oregon’s Native American community by creating self-determined enterprises.  

The Native Business Accelerator is a relational cohort-style program. It uplifts and empowers small businesses with targeted training, skills, and tools tailored to the cohort’s needs. 

In addition to acquiring knowledge with scaling small businesses, the cohort is provided with one-to-one coaching, technical support, relationship building with peers, and access to community through the Native Business Accelerator network.  

The 2022 cohort will be recruited to mentor for the following year to lend their knowledge and experience to guide one another in their journey of success. 

The workshops focus on a mixture of core foundation and cohort choice based on need.  

Core foundation: 

  • S.W.O.T. 
  • Strategic growth plan 
  • Financial Analysis 

Cohort Choice (Selection of 6):

  • Marketing 
  • Branding and Design 
  • Photography 
  • Taxes 
  • Accounting and Bookkeeping 
  • Business Management 
  • Business Mindset 
  • Legal

Eligibility criteria

  • You have an existing business with positive net sales* 
  • You can commit to 80% or higher attendance 
  • You have the ability and the means to attend Zoom video meetings on a regular basis 
  • You can commit to 5+ hours a week for workshops, assignments, and 1:1 coaching 
  • Graduate of NAYA’s Basics of Business a plus but not necessary* 

*If you don’t meet these criteria, not to fret, it’s not mandatory.  

Application process

The application period for the 2022 cohort is January 1–March 1, 2022.  

Your online application will be reviewed by NAYA’s Microenterprise team to determine if your business is a good fit for the Native Business Accelerator. Specifically, we will look closely at your stated goals and your commitment level. 

Interviews will take place March 2022 with decisions communicated to applicants on or by April 1, 2022. 

For more information and to apply, visit the NAYA Marketplace website.

Just starting out with a business idea or are seeking foundation? Check out NAYA’s Basics of Business class.