October 8, 2020

Adventure Awaits at Shawnee Outdoors

Every man has his dreams, but some dreams grow to have more significance than others. Recently, our crew sat down with native business owner, Nathan Beauchamp, of Shawnee Outdoors, LLC, to discover the magic behind his business. What was the dream and how did a guy like Nathan wake up one morning to find himself a business owner? Not just any business owner, mind you, but owner of one of the coolest, most unique stores in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
September 17, 2020

FireLake Discount Foods’ Healthy Initiatives

Across the United States, in every state and community, people are beginning to take a harder look at healthy initiatives. Communities are making healthy choices easier and options more accessible for their people. Grocery stores near and far are joining in the efforts and helping with those initiatives in a huge way. Earlier this year we caught up with Richard Driskell, Director of Operations at FireLake Discount Foods to hear how the tribe is helping Shawnee, Oklahoma become a healthier, happier community.
August 27, 2020

Growth Through the Ashes of Disaster

It all began over 30 years ago in the quaint little city of Shawnee, Oklahoma with the purchase of three laundromats. Dwight had been working in the “Pepsi business” when the opportunity came to purchase a dry cleaner/laundromat business. Dwight jumped at the opportunity, changed careers, and started his life as a business owner. Things went pretty well until about 10 years ago when his business caught fire destroying his hard work and shutting down his laundromat.
July 14, 2020

Little Place Big Impact

The inspiration for people who open a business can be fascinating. The places and experiences which inspire and motivate people are each unique and beautiful. Some of us are happy just to be an employee, while others will carve out their own place in the world. Their determination to stand out and make a difference in their industry is amazing. Earlier this year we caught up with Jamie Odell, owner of J & Co. Hair Studio, to find out her “Why” for going into business.
June 15, 2020

Some GOOD News! Participation Loan Comes Through for Citizen to Get Him Into a Car!

Carl Layher, a Citizen Potawatomi Nation citizen, needed help with an auto loan. As a member of a Potawatomi Tribe the answer seemed simple: call Chi Ishobak. The only challenge, auto loans to nonPokagon Band citizens are currently outside Chi Ishobak's policy. But as Executive Director Sean Winters is always willing to go the extra mile to help out a fellow citizen, he had an idea on how to get him some assistance. "I contacted a good friend of mine, Cindy Logsdon. She is the CFO/CCO for Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation in Shawnee, OK. We were able to do a participation loan in coordination with CPCDC in order to ensure a fellow Potawatomi Tribal citizen received the assistance to maintain employment."
June 4, 2020

FireLake Designs – A Star Enterprise

Throughout history Native Americans have been on the frontlines in the battle of survival. From the early days of sharing resources with starving settlers to contributing millions of dollars to their communities in modern times, the Native American has fought for and shared a common goal with our neighbors – to survive. When COVID-19 hit Oklahoma in early March, the battlefield may have changed, but the fight was not an unfamiliar one. Once again tribes came alongside their fellow communities in a common goal of survival.
April 7, 2020

Survival Tips: How to financially Survive COVID-19

When disaster strikes, it is easy to get into short-sighted panic mode, but here are a few tips to help you make it out of this crisis with your financial life intact.
April 1, 2020

Surviving COVID without Working

Surviving COVID without Working by Tina M. Herndon, Consumer Lending Manager If you have lost your income in this time of self-isolation, here are a few […]
September 27, 2019

Introducing our first Feature Friday Ms. Cindy Logsdon!

For the past six years, I have had the privilege of working with a fabulous team here at the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation. During my […]