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.
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.
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."
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.