Island Mountain Development Group (IMDG) serves as the economic arm of the Fort Belknap Indian Community (FBIC) through the FBIC corporate charter. IMDG is strategic and innovative when taking on new ventures to expand services to the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Nations. IMDG continues to create and grow employment opportunities for the FBIC membership. The goal is to create a self-sustaining economy within the niche of Fort Belknap Indian Reservation to provide economic prosperity to all.
The Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Nations that jointly comprise the FBIC have exercised their rights to self-determination by enacting our own Tribal laws and forming IMDG to develop and sustain the Tribal economy, as an extension of the Tribal government. FBIC’s sovereignty includes, among other things, the power to engage in and regulate commerce in order to raise revenues to fund services to citizens. These inherent rights have enabled FBIC to empower IMDG, which has allowed IMDG to economically expand business interests to create job opportunities and economic independence for Tribal citizens.
IMDG specialize in eCommerce, general construction contracting, and information technology sales and service. IMDG is proud to currently employ more than 125 full-time employees in their various business ventures with plans to add another 300 to 400 jobs by the year 2018.
These efforts are to be pursued in a manner that is:
eCommerce Call Center
Fort Belknap Indian Community (FBIC) owns and operates 11 small dollar installment based lending portfolios which provide end to end, comprehensive lending services to customers. With IMDG’s internal high standards and expectations at the forefront of every business decision, a major goal is to provide the highest quality of service to customers. The highest level of customer services ensures that IMDG is meeting the paramount goal, which is continued job growth and economic development for Tribal members. IMDG aims to provide financial products that heighten financial strength and security for customers, who often do not have access to traditional forms of credit.
IMDG’s administration of these portfolios provides a critical economic lifeline for the Tribes and Tribal citizens. Along with the revenue generated from these business endeavors, these portfolios have continued to generate employment opportunities critical to the economic vitality of communities on the reservation with traditionally high unemployment rates. These portfolios have created capital to expand the Tribes’ economic development in other areas, profit sharing with FBIC to fund essential governmental services, invest in community-based projects, and ultimately increase the standard of living for our members.
Tribal e-commerce businesses, like our lending portfolios, have become an essential economic development tool, allowing FBIC to diversify their tribal economies from a remote, rural area such as Fort Belknap. IMDG constantly seeks to expand into proven and uncharted venues within the infinite eCommerce realm.
For information/contact: Bobbi Werk, call center relations manager at (406)673-3026
Snake Butte Construction
Snake Butte Construction (SBC) is a Tribally-owned and operated construction firm that was founded in 2013. SBC is a licensed and bonded corporation and provides a wealth of construction and engineering services. The staff of SBC works to provide the customer service required for the job to be completed at the highest level. It is a goal of SBC to provide services with quality, efficiency, and with customer service that is unmatched. Our team strives to deliver a product safely and with a high level of integrity. SBC meets all Hub Zone and 8(a) regulatory requirements through our joint venture with Rock Gap Engineering. This provides SBC the ability to provide comprehensive construction services that are compliant with these governmental programs.
SBC Capabilities Include:
- Construction Services
- General Construction
- Construction & Project Management
- Construction Management Services
- Accuracy Checks for Cost Estimates
- Constructability Reviews
- Schedule/Budget Evaluations
- Structure Bid Packages
- Engineering Services
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
For information visit www.snakebutteconstruction.com or call (406) 256-2366
Spirit Box Technologies
Spirit Box Technologies (SBT) strives to offer innovative, sustainable and reliable solutions in the technology industry while creating business opportunities, jobs, and resource development for the Assiniboine and Gros Ventre Nations of the Fort Belknap Indian Community. SBC’s staff has over 31 years of combined experience, and are all graduates of Aaniih Nakoda College. SBC secured and completed 18 federal contracts this past year through their Hub Zone Certification. They provide a diversified skill set that is utilized in multiple facets in the technology world.
SBT capabilities include:
- Federal Reseller
- Hub Zone Certified
- Network Design and Install
- Computer Troubleshooting
- Computer Setup
- Professional Development
For information visit www.spiritboxtechnologies.com or call (406) 673-3031