• “There are so many ways to leverage the resources you have. It takes persistence, but the benefits are huge.”

    - Clarence O'Berry, CEO
    Mandaree Enterprise Corporation, Mandaree, ND

  • About Us

    The Indian Business Alliance of North Dakota is a joint venture of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission and the North Dakota Department of Commerce to grow and strengthen Native American entrepreneurship both on and off the state’s reservations. The Alliance is overseen by Agency MABU, a Native-owned business based in Bismarck.

    For more information, contact us.

    EXECUTIVE BOARD

    Composition: The Executive Board is comprised of representatives from the State agencies (ND Indian Affairs Commission and ND Department of Commerce) that are leading the efforts in North Dakota to establish the Indian Business Alliance. The Executive Board also includes representatives from the Native American-owned organizations that are operating the Indian Business Alliance.

    Role: The role of the Executive Board is to provide overall direction and decision making relative to strategy, implementation, and funding of the North Dakota Indian Business Alliance.

    Terms: Members will serve one-year terms, with the option to be renewed annually.

    Organization Representative Position/Role
    North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission Scott Davis Executive Director
    North Dakota Department of Commerce Bonnie Malo Community Services Interim Director
    Bismarck MBDA Business Center – American Indian & Alaska Native Program Brek Maxon Project Director
    Al Nygard Consulting Al Nygard President
    Agency MABU Mike Mabin President

    RESOURCE COUNCIL

    Composition: The Resource Council is comprised of representatives from government agencies and private organizations serving businesses in North Dakota.

    Role: The role of the Resource Council is to provide information, technical assistance, funding and educational support to business enterprises in North Dakota.

    Terms: Members will serve one-year terms, with the option to be renewed annually.

    Organization Representative Position/Role
    USDA Rural Development Bill Davis Deputy State Director
    ND Housing Finance Administration Jolene Klein State Director
    Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis,
    Helena Branch
    Sue Woodrow Community Development Advisor
    Impact Procurement Assistance Center Darin Perius Executive Director
    Small Business Development Center Bon Wickenheiser Regional Director
    Small Business Administration (ND Office) Sherri Komrosky Business Opportunity Specialist
    Bank of North Dakota Joel Erickson Commercial Loan Officer
    North Dakota Guaranty & Title Tim Pearson President
    Job Service of North Dakota Susan Gunsch Customer Service Director
    MBDA Business Center – Bismarck –American Indian & Alaska Native Program Brek Maxon Project Director
    North Dakota Department of Tourism Fred Walker Marketing Manager
    Center for Technology & Business Deb Eslinger Executive Director
    UND Center for Innovation Tyler Okerlund State SBIR/STTR Director

    MEA Magazine – Clarence O’Berry

    Mandaree Enterprises CEO, Clarence O’Berry, Shows How Far Tribal Business Can Go

    “Success is not an accident” – Clarence O’Berry

    MEA Magazine MayJune 2016

    Celebrating Native Business Success in North Dakota

    View some of the many (nearly 1,000) Native-owned businesses in North Dakota.

    Mandaree Enterprise Corporation

    When Clarence O’Berry graduated high school, he had no idea what he wanted to do.  He certainly didn’t know that one day he would lead a multi-million dollar corporation.

    “I took a carpentry course in college, and started my own …

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