Leasing vs Buying from a Native Perspective

Many commercial realtors and location specialists are unfamiliar with the benefits of locating a business on a Native American reservation. In particular, the advantage of a land lease as opposed to purchasing land is especially foreign territory. Read more

Speed to Market: What “Indian Time” Means at Ak-Chin

In Native American culture, there is a concept called “Indian time.” Some people seem to think that this means all Native Americans run late, but what it really means is “It will be done when it is meant to be done.” And when it comes to economic development in the Ak-Chin Indian Community, “when it’s meant to be done,” defines what the concept of speed to market really is. Read more

Ak-Chin: The Opportunity That Lies Beyond

There are many reasons why companies looking to relocate or expand are attracted to Arizona. National rankings place Arizona #2 in the U.S. for workforce training, quality and availability while maintaining one of the lowest costs for labor in the nation. Arizona also ranks #1 for start-up businesses and #1 in higher education opportunities with a network of esteemed state universities, private and community colleges feeding the labor pool with young, highly educated talent. Read more

Agribusiness Grows in Native Environment

On the southern tip of the Greater Phoenix area in the heart of Arizona’s growth corridor, a small Native American tribe is offering a big opportunity to start-up operations or businesses looking to expand or relocate. Sprouting from Arizona’s agricultural core and the tribe’s own heritage with its Ak-Chin Farms enterprise, the Ak-Chin Indian Community has committed itself to economic diversification in the development of its industrial park, Santa Cruz Commerce Center. Read more

Ak-Chin’s Early Him-Dak Grows a 21st Century Business Philosophy

How do growing corn, cotton and potatoes prepare you to compete in a 21st century business environment? In the case of the Ak-Chin Indian Community, it’s all a matter of their Him-Dak. Read more