It took around six to eight months for Shawnee Cleaners & Linen to reopen their doors after a disastrous fire. Throughout the last few years, things have begun looking up for the Yancey family, and in December of 2019, they opened two new locations with the help of the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation, expanding to three across two cities.
The First Peoples Fund recently extended its partnership with the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation until June 2021. Between 2016 and 2020, the two organizations have assisted more than 90 Native American artists with business development training, credit counseling and asset building.
The Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation has improved and grown as a resource with support from the Tribe, turning it into one of the most successful organizations of its kind in Indian Country. New CPCDC Director Cindy Logsdon hopes to add staff, double its assets and expand its offerings during her tenure.
The CPCDC will use capital awarded from the Grow with Google Small Business Fund loans and grants from Google.org to support small businesses in its service area hardest hit by the economic impact of the coronavirus and recent civil unrest.
The opportunity to open a Chick-fil-A franchise made moving back to Oklahoma possible, and in February 2015, Madison opened the restaurant’s first and only location in Shawnee.
More than 600 guests attended the second annual Community Baby Shower hosted by Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Workforce & Social Services Department and the CPN Child Development Center on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.
Shane D. Jett, CEO of the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation, recently received the 2019 Visionary Leader Award in recognition for his contributions to the Native community development financial institutions industry.
Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation’s TaRena Reece, a marketing and facilities manager, has a diverse set of professional experiences under her belt prior to working for the CPCDC.
Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation’s Felecia Freeman is part of a group of individuals from local businesses that helps propel the community forward with volunteering and support. Shawnee Forward recently named her its Ambassador of the Year.
Under new ownership by Tribal member Jamie Hubble, the Oklahoma City company Haley’s Carpet expanded to Shawnee, close to Tribal headquarters. Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation Market and Facilities Manager TaRena Reece visited the new store. Hubble sought help from the CPCDC to make the expansion happen.