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Press Release

Release Date: July 09, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

  • The Ada Chickasaw Nation Community Center, 700 N. Mississippi Ave., will accommodate a student trade market, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, July 19. Community members are welcome to attend and help young entrepreneurs develop their business skills.

  • Each team in the “Itatoba Achumpa” Trade Market decides how to package, present and offer their goods to the public--all in the hopes of winning the competition.

  • Student entrepreneur Alissa White makes a friendly sales pitch on behalf of team “Royal Treats” during a recent “Itatoba Achumpa” Trade Market at the Chickasaw Community Center in Ada.

  • A group of student entrepreneurs stand ready to greet locals into the “Itatoba Achumpa” Trade Market and entice them to shop at their team’s table.

ADA, Okla. – Select student entrepreneurs from the Chickasaw Nation Toksali SMART (Successful Mindsets with Attitude and Readiness for Tomorrow) youth program will try their hands at running a business during the “Itatoba Achumpa” Trade Market.

Open to the community 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, July 19, at the Chickasaw Nation Community Center, 700 N. Mississippi Ave, it will be a competition for participants.

The market is the final step in a crash course on entrepreneurship, accounting, marketing, salesmanship and teamwork for Toksali SMART students.

 Attendees--potential customers in the market--are encouraged to listen to each team offer their pitch and then purchase items as they choose. Tabletop businesses will be serving up items like chocolate bars and other snacks.

Purchases will not only support student efforts, but also help determine competition winners.

Student teams from the program are given three days to create their own tabletop endeavor, engage in business strategies and develop marketing techniques to sell their own convenience store type products.

For more information about the trade market, contact the Chickasaw Nation Education Division, 580-421-7711.

Toksali SMART

Every summer Native American youth have the opportunity to gain real-world work experience while earning a financial stipend.

In addition to work experience, participants in Toksali SMART learn about higher education resources and job placement assistance.

Training in Chickasaw Nation core values, Chickasaw language, financial literacy, wellness, nutrition and customer service, as well as community service opportunities, character and leadership development are also part of the program.

Experiences may include job shadowing, mentoring, leadership opportunities and job training. Worksites are both within the Chickasaw Nation and local communities.

For more information about Toksali SMART, visit