Department of Commerce

Department of Commerce (DOC) Functions:
The Department of Commerce (DOC) is responsible for the following:

  • Oversight and implementation of the LTBB Tax Agreement
    • Including tax exemptions, fuel/tobacco logs, and business/Resident Tribal Citizen records
  • Regulating business within the LTBB jurisdiction
    • Including business registrations and filings for corporations (for-profit and non-profit), limited liability companies (LLCs), and Doing Business As (DBAs)
  • LTBB Tribal Citizen Vendors
    • Maintain records of LTBB Tribal Citizen-owned businesses for the purpose of facilitating contracting for services and/or products

Economic Recovery Coordinator Job Posting

This position is responsible for assisting with implementation and administration of economic development and economic recovery programs for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians with the purpose of business diversification, retention, expansion, attraction and related community engagement.

Economic Recovery Coordinator Job Posting 12.21.2022

LTBB Tribal Citizen-owned Businesses

LTBB Tribal Citizen-owned businesses wishing to be emailed of various business opportunities within the LTBB government or LTBB-owned enterprises should contact the LTBB Department of Commerce to provide an email address in which they would like to be contacted and include a brief statement of what their business offers. Business owners can also use the following link to provide their business information: LTBB Department of Commerce List Serve Registration (

LTBB DOC will reach out to these businesses directly when departments or entities ask for their business opportunities to be shared.


Departmental Information

Resources for Businesses


Northern Shores Community Development, Inc. (NSCD) – – 231.347.6753
This is a nonprofit, Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), serving Michigan residents. LTBB was directly involved in the startup of this company, and their programs include: small business loans & micro loans, artisan loans, energy efficient appliance loans, and FARM loans.
Other services offered: business startup assistance; business counseling; technical assistance; training; and business incubation.


Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) – – 231.582.6482
This is a public/private nonprofit organization, focusing on helping businesses and their local communities. Their service area is specific to businesses located within Charlevoix, Antrim, and Cheboygan counties, but they have many resources available on their website that are able to be viewed by the public.
Services offered: connecting individuals with resources for business startup; business growth, attraction, and retention; and community development.


Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) – – 888.522.0103
This organization has several resources for businesses – whether that be for startups, expansions, assistance for current operations, relocation options, finding strategic partners, etc. They also have a page dedicated solely to resources for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic: Another page within the MEDC website is their Tribal Partners page: This talks about MEDC’s Tribal Business Development Strategy, highlights grant and funding opportunities, and has links to many other resources for Native Americans.

DOC Contact: Hayden Hooper
7500 Odawa Circle
Harbor Springs, Michigan 49740
Phone:  231-242-1584
Cellular: 231-420-2924