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Starr Merrie attends NATOW's annual conference

Updated: Jul 4, 2023

On behalf of Starr Merrie Native Gifts, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the First Nations Community Financial, Woodland Financial Partners, WIEDC, SCORE, and the Native American Tourism of Wisconsin (NATOW) for their support and collaboration in making the 2023 Business Plan Pitch Contest.

Eliza Speaking at NATOW. She is holding a mic on stage.
Photo By Shawn R Skenandore

We are thrilled to share the exciting news that we emerged as one of the proud winners of this competition, and we owe this remarkable achievement, in large part, to your commitment and generosity.


Large check for $5000
Check Presented at NATOW

Thank you so much for hosting the exceptional Business Plan Workshop that shared the 10-Step Business Planning Guide. The workshop provided us with a remarkable platform to gain clarity and refine our business concept.


Moreover, the workshop's emphasis on preparing for the Business Plan Pitch Contest was immensely valuable. We learned how to effectively craft a pitch that captivates the audience, highlights our unique selling points, and conveys our passion and commitment. We are grateful to everyone involved in the Wisconsin Native Business Plan Pitch Contest. Their continued efforts in empowering aspiring entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams.


First Nations Community Financial has long been a pillar of support for Native American entrepreneurs, providing financial services and resources that foster sustainable economic development. Their dedication to empowering individuals and businesses is truly inspiring.


Woodland Financial Partners, previously known as NiiJii Capital Partners, has a rich history of supporting Native American communities through access to capital, technical assistance, and business development resources. Their commitment to economic empowerment has made a significant impact on countless businesses.


WIEDC (Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation) has played a crucial role in driving economic growth and promoting job creation in the state of Wisconsin. Their support for businesses and entrepreneurs has helped create thriving communities and opportunities for success.


SCORE, a trusted resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration, provides invaluable mentorship and educational resources to entrepreneurs, enabling them to start, grow, and succeed in their ventures. Their dedication to fostering entrepreneurship is truly commendable.


Native American Tourism of Wisconsin (NATOW) has been instrumental in promoting tourism and cultural preservation within Native American communities. Their commitment to showcasing the rich heritage and traditions of Wisconsin's Native American tribes has contributed significantly to the tourism industry.


Once again, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to each sponsor and every individual involved in organizing the 2023 Business Plan Pitch Contest. Without your belief in our potential and your commitment to fostering entrepreneurship, this remarkable journey would not have been possible.


We look forward to using the funding from the contest winnings to invest in our business! Please look forward to new products in the future from Starr Merrie Native Gifts. ❤


Eliza in front of Menominee Nation Sign and with her pitch winning check of $5000.
Eliza with $5000 Check


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