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Small operations are the key for natives, chief says -Globe and Mail

by NationTalk on October 18, 2007745 Views

Small operations are the key for natives, chief says

Special to The Globe and Mail
October 17, 2007

‘Small business is the No. 1 economic driver in every province,” says Chief Clarence Louie, of B.C.’s Osoyoos Indian Band. “It’s no different for aboriginal communities.”

Chief Louie’s people prove his point. In the past decade, the south Okanagan band, with a population of only 450, has built an impressive business portfolio – including the award-winning Nk’Mip Cellar winery, a four-star hotel, and desert golf course – with annual budgets in excess of $17-million.

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