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Success Stories – Morano Foods, Inc.

It was a dream of Lesley and Greg Morano to have a thriving family business back in 2009. With their own funding, they made Morano Foods, Inc. a reality. In 2011 their signature spaghetti sauce, which dates back over a century, was already in 82 stores across Michigan and growing in popularity in the gourmet market. T...

Success Stories – The Front Porch

Michael Carney started The Front Porch as a hobby business in 2014 that repurposed and restored vintage furniture and home décor pieces.  He and his wife, Irma, had the vision of expanding this business into a local shop.  Financing for start-up businesses can be extremely hard to obtain.  Chi Ishobak ...

Success Stories – Great Lakes Flooring Specialist, Inc.

Wayne Roberts, along with his family, Jordan, Justin, Meagan, and Julie, founded Great Lakes Flooring Specialists, Inc. in 2015. Despite his over 35 years of commercial flooring experience and the company’s growing reputation, Wayne’s business was a start-up, which unfortunately meant that many financial instituti...

Financial Wellness Program

Chi Ishobak has structured a personal financial management program that is unique to Native American citizens. It is the goal of Chi Ishobak to provide citizens with the tools necessary to manage personal financial resources properly. Addressing fundamental areas such as savings, communication with money, budgeting, d...

FINANCIAL WELLNESS WORKSHOPS

Chi Ishobak is introducing an updated financial education program for Pokagon Band citizens, families, and employees. More than just information, this program is designed to identify financial behaviors and the cultural relevance associated with those behaviors. This workshop will cover six components that address the...

U.S. Treasury Awards $562,000 to Chi-Ishobak to support Tribal Communities

October 2, 2017 Dowagiac, MI – Sean Winters, Executive Director of Chi-Ishobak, announced that the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Native American CDFI Assistance (NACA) Program awarded $562,000 to the Michigan-based non-profit organization to offer products and services to build capacity for Tribal Citizens in ...

Success Stories – Bicycle Gallery and Body Art

For David Martin being an extremely talented artist wasn’t enough. He wanted the freedom that being an entrepreneur offered. In 2012 he incorporated Bicycle Tattooing LLC and began pursuit of his dream, owning his own business. In preparation for this new venture he received unanimous support from the Common C...

Success Stories – John T. Warren

Like many people, John T. Warren was falling behind on his bills and was having a hard time making his car payment.  He went to Chi Ishobak to try to refinance the truck to get a better interest rate.   John and Chi Ishobak starting looking at his expenses and spending habits and dug deeper into his finances ...

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