ERIC Number: ED327353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Business Climate and Development Ventures in Indian Country: The Case of the Passamaquoddy Tribe in Washington County, Maine.
Sherblom, Elizabeth; Scully, Diana, Ed.
Economic self-sufficiency is the key to reviving and maintaining a strong Indian culture; therefore, the goal of the Passamaquoddy Enterprise Zone Project was to develop an understanding of the types of business that do well in the area and those that do not do well. The study used interviews with business managers as well as case studies of 12 existing businesses. Positive factors affecting the business climate were: a large "captive" labor force; tax free status; federally funded training programs through the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training fund; availability of space; preferential government contracts; priority for federal grants; and the Tribe's financial assets, which make leveraging possible. Deterrents for prospective businesses were: social problems in the Tribe; inadequate infrastructure (water and sewage); geographic isolation; potential lack of support by tribal government; and lack of a sizable skilled and reliable work force. The three types of businesses in the case studies were: joint ventures between the Tribe and private firms; Indian-owned entrepreneurships; and tribal enterprises. The appendix, which makes up over three-fourths of the document, describes each business in terms of business history, business operation, work force, goals and expectations, and findings and conclusions. (KS)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Business Administration, Economic Development, Employee Attitudes, Employment Problems, Entrepreneurship, Federal Aid, Federal Indian Relationship, Incentives, Labor Force Development, Labor Turnover, Tribal Sovereignty, Work Ethic
Director, Office of Training and Development, Pleasant Point Reservation, Perry, ME 04667.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Native Americans (DHEW/OHDS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Passamaquoddy Tribe - Pleasant Point Reservation, Perry, ME. Office of Training and Development.; Eastern Maine Development Corp.
Identifiers: Carl D Perkins Vocational Education Act 1984; Passamaquoddy Enterprise Zone Development Project; Passamaquoddy (Tribe)