Why You Want To Work With Us

We have years of experience working with small business owners in Indian Country. We are committed to helping your dream of success come to life. We strive to help Native people live a better life through the creation of small business ownership enabling them to improve not only their own lives, but the lives of their family and community.

Personal Support

We work with you to craft a plan that is customized to your experience and your business goals. We understand that your life and your business are intertwined and that your path is as unique as you. Your business vision and mission will match this.


The IDRS Acorn Project is committed to providing the best quality of training and technical assistance possible to our clients. This means we hire staff experienced in both small business ownership, as well as providing technical assistance to a wide range of small businesses.


The IDRS Acorn Project understands the importance of resource utilizations and collaborates with other agencies and partners within the community so we can accomplish more and complement the existing resources available in the community rather than duplicate them.

About The Acorn Project

Welcome! We are an exciting new on line resource center for Native American entrepreneurs. Our comprehensive site is growing; we are always adding tools for you to become a stronger, more efficient business owner.


Meet Our Team

We Look Forward To Connecting With You
Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson

Executive Director (Acting)

Mark serves as Acting Executive Director for IDRS. He has an exceptionally strong background in business and business law. He has specific skills and background in fiscal accounting and controls, personnel management, information systems, accounting software, costs and income projections and analysis, bidding government contracts, and marketing.

Lynn Wilson

Lynn Wilson

Microenterprise Development Specialist

Lynn serves as IDRS’ Microenterprise Development Specialist. She has championed entrepreneurship for 14 years and over the past 4 years has specifically worked in Native communities across the country including her own tribe (Cherokee Nation) where she continues to provide contractual services to provide small business support services for the Tribes’ CDFI & Commerce division.

April Lemly

April Lemly

Office and Brand Manager

April serves as Office and Brand Manager for IDRS. April is a small business owner and has worked in Indian Country for over five years providing technical assistance in the areas of branding, graphic design, and marketing.

What People Say

Jay Miller

Jay Miller

Business Owner

"We have no regrets! The coaching sessions were easy to set up and the team made me feel right at home."

Alex Mahue

Alex Mahue

Independent Photographer

"I love the workshops I attended. As a home-based business I like meeting people for networking and on line too...it helps with the odd hours I keep."

Joana Begay

Joana Begay


"Thank you for believing in me. My project was a blog and now I have the knowledge to make it into a business."

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