Welcome to First Nations Knowledge Webinar Series

First Nations Knowledge is a series of educational webinars created and hosted by First Nations Development Institute. The series aims to educate those who work in Native nonprofit and tribal organizations, or in nonprofit or for-profit enterprises engaged in Native agriculture or food systems work. Through the webinars, we hope to build knowledge and skills and, thus, Native American business and organizational capacity.

First Nations strives to provide specialized webinars that hold real value for those attending. This includes those who lead or manage nonprofits, tribal programs or businesses, so they can grow and learn to better serve their communities and tribes.

The First Nations Knowledge webinars are always free. Since attendance is limited for each webinar, we do ask that if you register, please make every effort to actually attend the webinar.  

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First Nations Knowledge

Upcoming Webinars

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May 17, May 24 & May 31, 2017

Free Agricultural Business Planning Webinar Series

First Nations Development Institute is offering a free three-part "First Nations Knowledge" webinar series that will help you manage and grow your agricultural business. These are perfect for existing Native farmers, ranchers and food producers, and will be especially helpful for entrepreneurs looking to launch an agriculturl business. You do not need to attend all of the webinars in the series even though they build off of each other over the three-week period. However, we believe it would greatly benefit participants to tune into the complete series in chronological order. If that's not possible, the webinar recordings and materials will be posted soon after each one is completed under the "Previous Webinars" tab on the www.firstnations.org/fnk webpage. Please register for each webinar individually at the links below.

Webinar 1
Understanding the Local Food System and Defining Your Ag-Business Opportunity

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
2 p.m. Mountain Time (1 p.m. Pacific / 3 p.m. Central / 4 p.m. Eastern)
REGISTER HERE: (This webinar has been completed. See "Previous Webinars in 2017" for recording and PowerPoint.)

This webinar will provide an overview of the current status of the U.S. food system and explain how this impacts your tribal agricultural business opportunity. We will review case-study examples of tribally-controlled agricultural and local food enterprises. The webinar will also guide entrepreneurs through a process of exploring their personal motivation behind the ag-business concept and define the entrepreneurs’ personal and business goals. All of these facets will be combined to help the entrepreneur clearly develop a draft ag-business concept.

  • An Overview of the U.S. Food System
  • Ag-Enterprise Case Study Examples
  • Key Business Concepts
  • Understanding Your Motivation
  • Defining Your Goals
  • Drafting Your Business Concept

 

Webinar 2
Understanding Your Market and Developing a Marketing Plan

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
2 p.m. Mountain Time (1 p.m. Pacific / 3 p.m. Central / 4 p.m. Eastern)
REGISTER HERE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8944625330759042049

This webinar will build on Webinar 1 to help ag entrepreneurs understand the opportunities, as well as potential limitations, of their location and local foods market. We will also explore key concepts related to sales and marketing, including understanding local needs, defining your products and services, and selecting your distribution channels. All of these topics will be combined to help the entrepreneur develop a clear and focused marketing plan.

  • Understanding Your Location
  • Understanding Your Market
  • Defining Your Product/Service
  • Defining Your Distribution Channel
  • Marketing Your Business

 

Webinar 3
Defining Your Key Business Operations & Developing a Financial Plan

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
2 p.m. Mountain Time (1 p.m. Pacific / 3 p.m. Central / 4 p.m. Eastern)
REGISTER HERE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3620432687788672513

This webinar will build on the lessons learned in Webinars 1 & 2 to help ag-entrepreneurs explore their risks and develop a plan for operational and staffing needs. We will also explore key financial principles and concepts such as investment requirements, pricing strategies, and operating expenses that are all directly related to profitability. We will also look toward the future to explore potential exit strategies. All of these topics will be combined to help the ag-entrepreneur develop a clear and focused plan for operational and financial management.

  • Risk Management
  • Defining Key Operations
  • Staffing Needs
  • Financial Principles & Concepts
  • Investment Requirements
  • Operating Expenses
  • Profitability
  • Pricing
  • Exit Strategy

Previous Webinars in 2017

View Recordings & Materials:

Understanding the Local Food System and Defining Your Ag-Business Opportunity - May 17, 2017

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint
  3. Handout (Word document. You will be asked to save it to your device or computer.)

Twice Invisible: Understanding Rural Native America - May 3, 2017

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint

Nourishing Native Children: Feeding Our Future Grants Q&A - April 25, 2017

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint

Native Youth and Culture Fund Stage 2 Application Q&A - April 20, 2017

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint

Different Worlds: Native American Financial Capability - April 13, 2017

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint

Native Agriculture & Food Systems Initiative Food Sovereignty Assessment Grantee Orientation - March 28, 2017

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar (Sorry! The recording is not available due to technical difficulties with the webinar platform.)
  2. Powerpoint

Native Agriculture & Food Systems Initiative Project Grantee Orientation - March 28, 2017

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint

Native Arts Initiative: Introduction and Q&A - March 2, 2017

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint

Native Arts Initiative: Grant Application Walk-Through - February 15, 2017

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint
  3. Handout

Native Youth and Culture Fund: Introduction and Q&A - February 13, 2017

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint

Native Arts Initiative: Introduction and Q&A - February 13, 2017

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint

Project Management Training, Part 1: Planning Your Project - February 2, 2017

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint

Moving Forward! Community-Based Policy and Action Plans - January 17, 2017

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar (Sorry! The recording is not available due to technical difficulties with the webinar platform.)
  2. Powerpoint

Previous Webinars in 2016

View Recordings & Materials:

Go! Conducting Your Community Food Sovereignty Assessment - December 13, 2016

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar (Sorry! The recording is not available due to technical difficulties with the webinar platform.)
  2. Powerpoint

Data Collection Methods and Food Assessments - December 5, 2016

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint

Set! Designing Your Community Food Sovereignty Assessment - November 15, 2016

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint

Building a Culture of Digital Engagement - October 27, 2016

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint
  3. Handouts
    1. ​Communications Planning Considerations
    2. Communications Planning Worksheet
    3. Crafting Effective Messages Worksheet
    4. Media Kit
    5. Social Media Cheat Sheet

Ready! Starting the Community Food Sovereignty Assessment Process - October 18, 2016

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint

Crafting Effective Messages for Native Organizations & Tribal Programs - March 31, 2016

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint
  3. Handout

Business Plan Development to Expand Opportunities for Native Ranchers and Farmers - March 16, 2016

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint

Various Forms of Nonprofit Statuses for Ranchers and Farmers - January 13, 2016

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint

Previous Webinars in 2015

View Recordings & Materials:

$pending Frenzy - December 16, 2015

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint: $pending Frenzy

Senior Hunger in Native Communities - December 15, 20155

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Power Point: Senior Hunger in Native Communities Overview
  3. Power Point: Santo Domingo Pueblo Feast for the Future Program 

Communications Planning for Native Organizations and Programs - December 3, 2015

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Power Point Presentation
  3. Handout

Cattle Health Management and Vaccination Plans - October 14, 2015

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Power Point Presentation
  3. Padres Mesa Management Plan

 

Tribal Conservation Planning - August 19, 2015

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Power Point Presentation

Grant Writing for Success - March 5, 2015

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Power Point Presentation
  3. Resource Guide
  4. Sample Letter of Intent
  5. Sample Proposal

Previous Webinars in 2014

View Recordings & Materials:

Food Defense - November 12, 2014

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Power Point Presentation

Food Labeling, Nutrition and Allergens - October 27, 2014 

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Power Point Presentation

Raw Products, Wild Products and Value-Added Products - September 15, 2014

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Power Point Presentation

Developing a Business Plan: The Key to Business Success  - August 18, 2014

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Power Point Presentation

The Five Principles of Good Agricultural Practices  - July 14, 2014

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Power Point Presentation

Documentation and Record-keeping; Validation and Verification - June 16, 2014

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Power Point Presentation

Native Communities, Food Safety and the Law - May 12, 2014 

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Power Point Presentation

Part 2: Biological, Chemical, Radiological and Physical Hazards -  April 21, 2014

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Power Point Presentation

Part 1: Biological, Chemical, Radiological and Physical Hazards - March 20, 2014

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Power Point Presentation

USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program - March 13, 2014

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Power Point Presentation

Previous Webinars in 2013

View Recordings & Materials:

I’m Thinking of Applying for the USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program- December 19, 2013

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Power Point Presentation  

Senior Citizen Hunger - October 17, 2013

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Power Point Presentation (Harley Coriz)
  3. Power Point Presentation (George Toya) 

Co-operative Models, September 19, 2013

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Power Point Presentation (Jackie Francke)
  3. Power Point Presentation (Maria Miller)
  4. Cooperatives Misconceptions
  5. Crooked Bow Case Study
  6. IRS Subsection 501 Codes 

Program Evaluation, August 22, 2013

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Power Point Presentation (Adae Romero)
  3. Power Point Presentation (Holly YoungBear-Tibbetts) 

Creating a Program Budget, July 25, 2013

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Power Point Presentation
  3. Budget Planner
  4. Multiple Program Budget Template 

Creating an Organizational Budget, July 18, 2013

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Power Point Presentation
  3. Internal Audit Review Checklist
  4. Nonprofit Financial Managment Self Assessment Tool
  5. Operating and Overview Budget Template
  6. Fundrasing Template 

Community Engagement, June 20, 2013

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Power Point Presentation 

Farm-to-School Best Practices, June 11, 2013

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar (Not Available Due to Technical Difficulties)
  2. Power Point Presentation 

Creating Sustainable Programs, May 23, 2013

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Power Point Presentation 

Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) , April 25, 2013

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Power Point Presentation 

Business of Indian Agriculture–Best Financial Practices for Small Agribusiness II, March 21, 2013

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint Presentation
  3. Amortization Table 

Business of Indian Agriculture – Best Financial Practices for Small Agribusiness I, Feb. 21, 2013

Presentation Materials:

  1. Recording of Webinar
  2. Powerpoint Presentation
  3. Recordkeeping  Resources Handouts
  4. Production Record Sheet Template
  5. Finance Record Sheet Template