Small Business Advisor

Posted: 10/30/2022

The Native American Development Corporation has provided technical assistance to emerging and existing Native American small businesses and tribal enterprises in MT/WY/ND/SD since 1996.  The development of these businesses ranges from those that are just starting the exploration of starting a business to existing businesses that are ready to expand as well as tribal enterprises that may need assistance in developing an idea for their tribe and finding resources to plan and implement.  The SB Advisor is responsible for fostering a strong climate for small business growth by providing in-depth, confidential, no-cost business counseling, no-to-low-cost training, and resource and referral services to Native small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs and to understand the environment in which our entrepreneurs are working in. The Small Business Advisor will also provide some financial analyses upon request for organizational ventures or investments by CEO.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities and Expectations:


  • Interview and assess client’s needs.


  • Provide counseling or e-counseling that includes feasibility, financial, regulatory and operational guidance and technical assistance on the various aspects of starting and expanding a successful small business.


  • Analyze the specific business and industry data in finance, marketing, management and operations.


  • Provide guidance in the development of business and marketing plans and financial packages.


  • Coordinate with finance and loan fund restructuring of troubled loans.


  • Experience with contracts and grants, with emphasis on compliance and reporting.


  • Preparing pro forma cash flow and financial statements.


  • Troubleshoot to identify problems and areas for improvement.


  • Provide guidance on expansion to include employment requirements, foreign markets, government contracting and technology commercialization.


  • Conduct quality-based assessments.


  • Provide information on federal, state, tribal and local regulations and programs.


  • Provide guidance in loan packaging to pre-venture, start-up or advanced stage existing businesses.


  • Develop a resource network to be used in providing referrals to appropriate resources.


  • Plan and market no-to-low-cost training on subjects relevant to small business start-up and growth.


  • Recruit government, private and public entities, as well as business and businesspersons to provide voluntary training.


  • Evaluate programs’ effectiveness and measure impact of services provided.


  • Ensure timely and accurate counseling data input into client information management system.


  • Collaborate with other NADC Small Business Programs, such as the NADC PTAC program to refer clients, conduct trainings, prepare clients to receive and administer loans and contracts, etc.


  • Report regularly to NADC Supervisor and Leadership on successes and challenges of program, provide feedback on training opportunities and streamlining of program.



Program and Small Business Advocate:


  • Promote the SB program and advocate for small business through presentations to communities and entities.


  • Develop relationships with key stakeholders including, but not limited to: SBA, banks, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, tribes, non-profits, trade groups, educational institutions, other financial institutions, legislators and hosts.


  • Develop appropriate advertising, promotion and marketing materials.


Company Duties;


  • Attend local, tribal, regional and state meetings/conferences per NADC requirements.


  • Develop and provide specific information, reports and/or special services as requested or required by SBA Administrators, SBA Development, and Supervisor.


  • Support area, state and federal research projects concerning small business and disseminate results to community.


  • Attend industry events to represent NADC programs, and help develop strategic relationships.


Required Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in business required, or In lieu of a degree, a minimum of five years’ experience in either business ownership and operations may be accepted.


  • Minimum of three years of experience business analysis, business management, business development or business financing


Competencies or Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA’s):


  • Deep commitment to the mission and values of NADC.


  • Strong knowledge of small business programs to include Small Business Administration.


  • Two years of one-on-one counseling experience.


  • Strong analytical and innovative skills.


  • Sales and marketing for small business.


  • Financial Literacy knowledge.


  • Strong Customer Service skills.


  • Strong computer skills required.


  • Strong economic development experience, reservation based business or tribal enterprises preferred.


Physical Demands & Working Conditions:


  • Work is primarily in an office environment.


  • Incumbent must move, stand, bend, or kneel on an intermittent basis.


  • Frequently sit, with continuous full use of hands, repetitive movement, keyboarding, and clear vision, as well as speak and hear normal conversation. 


  • Requires high attention to detail with frequent deadlines, and internal and external social interaction. 


  • Intermittent, moderate physical effort, moving or carrying 5 to 25 pounds.


  • Incumbent is occasionally exposed to on-street driving and moving vehicles with an overnight stay away from home.


  • Work hours are generally Monday through Friday, 8AM to 5PM.


  • Ability to travel required.