Author Archives: Ben Preston

PPP: A Life-Saving Force

As COVID-19 swept the nation’s population centers this spring, Ho-Chunk, Inc. and Winnebago tribal leaders understood the ultimate stakes in rural Nebraska: life or death. Disparities in health, housing and employment on the Winnebago Indian Reservation meant the virus could swiftly devastate the tribal community. Together, Ho-Chunk, Inc., the Winnebago Tribe and partners mounted a…

SHARING OUR STORY WITH ASU

Leaders of tribes, nonprofit organizations and other community programs frequently visit Ho-Chunk, Inc. and the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska to learn about our approach to economic and community development. We recently welcomed a group of special guests. Over their spring break, eight students from the Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of…

DEVELOPING WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP

Nurture your strengths. Find your voice. Practice gratitude. Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes of Ho-Chunk, Inc. shared these insights and more in a panel discussion called “60 Leadership Lessons in 60 Minutes” at the Women Lead Change 2020 Siouxland Conference. Women make up the majority of Ho-Chunk, Inc.’s executive leadership team, and the company was the…

Launching Ho-Chunk University

We’re excited to announce the launch of Ho-Chunk University, our employee learning and development program. Over the past few months, we have been working to improve the way we offer educational opportunities to our employees. We believe these opportunities will provide our employees with meaningful personal and professional growth. Through instructor-led courses, online platforms and…

COO Testifies on the Hill

Annette, our Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, testified in the hearing “Native 8(a) Contracting: Emerging Issues” before the U.S. House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations. She spoke about how the SBA 8(a) program is benefiting our Winnebago reservation and the impact of our government contracts on the local community. For statistics…

ANG Receives Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Small Business Contracting

The U.S. Department of State recognized ANG with a prestigious honor for its work in federal government contracting. HCI Management Services received the Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Small Business Contracting during an event Wednesday. “We lead with integrity and excellence. These core values have set us apart for over two decades and continue to…