Who We Work With
The IDRS Acorn Project works closely with tribes to provide training and technical assistance in small business skills development to their Native entrepreneurs. Our program serves tribes throughout the Western United States. We are steadily expanding our service area to include more tribes in Oregon and Washington.
Hoopa Valley Tribe
Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians
Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians
Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation
Moapa Band of Paiute Indians
Pyramid Lake Paiute
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone
Walker River Paiute
Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California
Mark Thompson, Executive Director
Mark serves as 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, 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.
Camille Koster, Youth Program Specialist
Camille serves as IDRS’s Youth Program Manager. She has facilitated youth training and development for over 18 years, including 11 years with her tribe through the 14 counties in Oklahoma (Cherokee). In addition to IDRS, Camille provides youth leadership training and development to numerous nonprofit and military youth programs. She has worked with youth in local, state, and national organizations across the nation.
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 six years providing technical assistance in the areas of branding, graphic design, and marketing.
In The News
For additional information on the projects and programs we are involved with please visit the links below. If you would like to hear more about these projects from us directly, please email Lynn Wilson, Microenterprise Enterprise Development Specialist (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mark Thompson and Lynn Wilson conduct a small business workshop in South Dakota known as the Business Idea Generation ( also known as the BIG workshop) September 2017 (link)
‘Indianpreneurship’ Training Sets Nevada Tribal Businesses Up to Succeed. Nevada Appeal article, by Kelly Clark USDA Rural Development. March 2017 (link)
USDA Rural Development, Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG Winner. 2016) (link)
It’s All Connected: California Basketry, Cultural Context, and Museum Conservation | The Visit to Northern California. National Museum of the American Indian article, by Susan Heald and Marian Kaminitz, NMAI. November 2012 (link)