Monica Simeon and the Beginning of Sister Sky
Monica is a Spokane tribal member. She attended the University of Washington. She almost left school before graduating but was able to stick with it. After graduate, Monica worked for a tribal casino. But Monica got the itch of an entrepreneur.
Monica is now CEO of Sister Sky. The company makes all natural products such as soap, shampoo, conditioners, etc. on her tribe’s reservation. The company’s formulas are rooted in traditional tribal ingredients.
Monica Simeon’s began Sister Sky as a “hobby business.” But Monica and her sister decided to grow it into a full fledged business. The company now operates a production plant on her reservation. Sister Sky also employs tribal youth to help fill orders. Monica is proud to provide jobs for young people that work for her during summers.
Monica Simeon, image courtesy of Monica Simeon
Monica’s success attracts advice seekers. And she is happy to share. Monica Simeon and her sister realized this was another business opportunity. And they decided to go for it. Recently, they launched Sister Sky Enterprises, Inc. Monica is the VP of this new company.
Monica Simeon has created two businesses. One makes products. The other provides services. Both are rooted in her tribal culture. Monica shares advice with us. This includes: do not be afraid to ask questions. There are many resources for people to utilize, you just have to ask. I strongly believe in this principle. Asking questions is not a weakness. Questions provide knowledge. Asking questions is powerful. Asking good questions is even more powerful. This goes beyond business. This can apply to culture, language, etc.
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Sister Sky Enterprises
University of Washington
Value of Asking Good Questions
Indianpreneurship by ONABEN
SBA 8(a) program and certification
Sister Sky on Facebook