WINNEBAGO, NE – Lance Morgan, President and CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc., will receive the Advocate of the Year Award by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) at the end of this month. Morgan will be honored during a special ceremony at the 2014 National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week happening July 31 to August 1, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
The Advocate of the Year Award is given annually to an organization or individual who has shown leadership and commitment in advancing the minority business community. The award pays tribute to minority entrepreneurs who have demonstrated economic impact in a global economy.
Morgan was nominated by Trisha Luna, the Federal Acquisition Advisor of the Federal Procurement Center, for his direction of Ho-Chunk, Inc. Morgan launched Ho-Chunk, Inc. in 1994 as the economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. The corporation has grown from one employee in 1995 to over 1,000 employees with operations in 16 states and 8 foreign countries. Ho-Chunk, Inc. operates 35 subsidiaries and has revenues in excess of $260 million. The Ho-Chunk, Inc. portfolio includes companies with SBA 8(a) certification that have been recipients of a wide variety of federal government contracts across 32 agencies.
As a minority-owned corporation, Ho-Chunk, Inc. has actively sought out qualified individuals of other minority races and ethnicities in addition to Native Americans. As a result, the company has been successful in its minority recruiting efforts and today its employee base includes 35.1% minorities. In the state of Nebraska, where the company is headquartered, the minority population as of the 2010 Census was 19%. Additionally, corporate executive management is 100% Native American.
Under Morgan’s leadership, Ho-Chunk, Inc. has created a new community on the Winnebago Reservation named the Ho-Chunk Village. The Village is a 40-acre development that includes private homes, multi-family housing, commercial and industrial businesses. The company also maintains a scholarship and internship program for Tribal youth as a means to educate and train future Ho-Chunk, Inc. employees.
The Ho-Chunk Village is a modern futuristic planned community that includes the best practices based on the cities of the future concept. Ho-Chunk Village has underground utilities, community parks, a shopping center and a cultural park celebrating the tribal heritage. The community is also energy efficient using wind generators to make the community 99% self-sufficient for electrical power. The Village has single and multi-family homes, apartments and senior living units.
Ho-Chunk, Inc. has also been responsible for funding a down payment assistance program offering qualifying tribal members up to $65,000 toward the purchase of a home. As a result, Ho-Chunk Village has seen the growth of over 25 new homes and Tribal families are becoming homeowners for the first time. There are two large apartment complexes, several duplexes and a dozen senior living units providing a significant benefit to tribal families. The development is actually going to require more land acquisition to accommodate the housing demand. New homeowners are emerging in record levels, the community infrastructure is strengthened, and more young people are pursuing a college education.
Morgan is an adjunct professor at Arizona State University and University of Arizona. He has served as the President of Native American Contractors Association (NACA) and currently serves as a board member for several corporate entities and Liberty National Bank. He is a frequent speaker across the country on topics such as Indian law and Tribal economic development issues. He has consulted with hundreds of tribal governments on economic development and taxation initiatives.
In addition to the MBDA Award, Morgan has been selected as a “Champion of Change” by the White House, one of only 18 people across the U.S. In 2012, he was awarded the Nebraska Builder Award by Harvey Perlman, Chancellor at the University of Nebraska, and was also appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in 2013.
The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is the only Federal agency dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. minority-owned businesses. The programs and services better equip minority-owned firms to create jobs, build scale and capacity, increase revenues and expand regionally, nationally and internationally. Services are provided through a network of MBDA Business Centers. After 45 years of service, MBDA continues to be a partner to all U.S. minority-owned businesses, committed to providing programs and services that build size, scale and capacity through access to capital, contracts and markets.
WINNEBAGO, NE – PaySAFE Escrow, Inc. has announced a partnership with a major online cattle marketplace. The Cattle-Exchange.com is one of the largest internet private treaty sales markets for cattle buyers and sellers across the United States.
PaySAFE Escrow, Inc. is an online escrow company providing online secure transactions for buyers and sellers of high-ticket merchandise. The technology was developed by Matthew Medlock, President and Founder. PaySAFE is a subsidiary of Ho-Chunk, Inc., the economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.
Ho-Chunk, Inc. purchased PaySAFE in 2013. “We were highly intrigued by PaySAFE’s technology platform and business model. Ho-Chunk, Inc. owns multiple companies in the information technology industry and we have also launched farming operations on Winnebago Tribal lands. Our investment in PaySAFE comes out of that dual interest and their technology complements our overall business portfolio” stated Lance Morgan, Ho-Chunk, Inc. President and CEO.
The PaySAFE technology platform has now moved to the agricultural marketplace nationwide. PaySAFE’s escrow service provides financial protection for both the buyer and the seller when purchasing livestock outside of a traditional auction house setting. The company works as a neutral third party to collect and hold funds safely in escrow until the transaction is completed to both parties satisfaction. PaySAFE allows both parties to conduct the transaction with confidence and peace of mind.
The private treaty livestock marketplace can be complicated just as any high-ticket transaction conducted on the internet. Documentation, transport, non-payment are all issues that can make the transaction difficult. With PaySAFE, buyers have an easy-to-use process that allows them to keep track of items like head count and breed, inspection documents and photos, transportation and final pricing. For the buyer’s protection, funds are only released once pick-up or delivery is verified. Sellers have the security of knowing the sales funds are secured and verified. The buyer’s funds are secured upfront, locking in the sale and eliminating fraud. The seller uses a simple mechanism to upload all pertinent documentation. A comprehensive history is kept for any communication that takes place within the PaySAFE platform.
While PaySAFE is used by a variety of industries for buying and selling vehicles, real estate, agricultural and construction equipment, livestock has become a fast-growing segment of the company’s client base. “We have been seeing more and more livestock industry buyers and sellers take advantage of our services individually. So it made good business sense for us to reach out to one of the largest online cattle markets and create a partnership that could provide benefits for this entity as well as potential buyers and sellers,” said Matthew Medlock.
In the past, the livestock marketplace centered on major Midwestern hub cities like Omaha, Chicago and Sioux City. Farmers would bring their livestock to market and would sell through a commissioned salesperson. Later buyers went directly to the farms and that spelled the end of the stockyards in these cities and the end of an era in the livestock business.
Today, the livestock industry has moved high tech just as everything else related to commerce. Buyers and sellers of cattle are using the internet to give them more choices, more exposure and more convenient transactions. That’s where Cattle-Exchange.com has found a thriving new marketplace.
Cattle-Exchange.com is a cattle marketing website that allows buyers and sellers to come together and do business through a secure site. The website operates on commission on the sale just as historic livestock transactions have done face-to-face on the farm or at the region’s stockyards.
Cattle-Exchange.com is owned by Farm Journal Media, the nation’s leading agricultural media company. The company produces multiple magazines including: Farm Journal, Top Producer, Beef Today, Dairy Today and Implement & Tractor. Farm Journal Media also produces and distributes AgDay, U.S. Farm Report and Corn College TV.
Ho-Chunk, Inc. is headquartered in Winnebago, Nebraska with operations spanning 16 states and 8 foreign countries. The corporation owns 35 subsidiaries in diverse industries including: construction, information technology, manufacturing, distribution, retail, government contracting, professional services and real estate.
For more information on PaySAFE Escrow, Inc. visit the company website www.PaySAFEescrow.com.
For more information on Ho-Chunk, Inc., visit the company website www.hochunkinc.com.
WINNEBAGO, NE – Ho-Chunk, Inc. is now accepting applications for the 2014 Academic Development Program. The program will award funds to students in grades 7th through 12th to attend an academic program directly related to any type of academic achievement, enhancement and/or development conducted during the regular school term and summer months.
Ho-Chunk, Inc. will sponsor interested tribal member students to attend educational events to boost their academic learning, provide exposure to colleges, schools and other academic organizations outside of Winnebago in order to help decrease the summer learning loss. Junior high and high school students meeting the program criteria will be eligible for funding that will cover travel and registration expenses.
"The Academic Development Program is a great opportunity for students interested in attending a program with an academic focus," said Lance Morgan, President and CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc. "We understand the importance of providing our Tribal youth with these diverse experiences to better prepare them for life after school."
Interested students should submit a program application signed and dated by a parent or guardian; flyer and/or registration form that outlines the program information; copy of the student's Tribal identification card; grade transcript signed and dated by school staff and a list of community and school activities in which the student participates.
Additionally, students will need to write and submit a one page statement depending on their grade level. For 7th through 9th graders, the statement should answer, "Why did you choose this program and how will it help you in school?" Students in 10th through 12th grades should answer, "Why did you choose this program and how will it help with your educational or career goals?"
Applications must be submitted a minimum of four weeks prior to the program start date to allow adequate time for registration and travel considerations. The application forms and requirements can be found on both the Ho-Chunk, Inc. website at www.hochunkinc.com and the Ho-Chunk Facts website at www.hochunkfacts.com. For more information, please contact Felicia Torres at 402-878-2809. The completed application and additional materials should be returned to Ho-Chunk, Inc. Corporate Office, 1 Mission Drive, Winnebago, NE 68071.
WINNEBAGO, NE – Ho-Chunk, Inc. is now accepting applications for its Summer Internship Program. Winnebago college undergraduate and graduate students will have unique opportunities at Ho-Chunk, Inc. to gain valuable training and experience through the Summer Internship Program. Paid internships are approximately 12 weeks beginning on May 20, 2014 and ending on or around August 8, 2014. Only a limited number of intern positions will be available.
The Summer Internship Program will enable interns to learn and apply Ho-Chunk, Inc.'s business principles. A variety of structure tasks and special projects focusing on project management, strategic planning, networking events and other business-related projects will give interns real insight in specific business areas and levels. Interns will participate in a series of constructive activities assigned by their supervisors to develop fundamental skills and concepts that are important in today's business world.
"The Summer Internship Program is a great opportunity for college undergraduate and graduate students to gain hands on experience in the business industry," stated Lance Morgan, President and CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc. "This program aligns well with our overall mission of providing job opportunities for Tribal members."
All applicants must submit a letter of interest, resume, application and two letters of reference to be considered for an internship. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 25, 2014. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. An interview will be scheduled with each applicant who submits a completed application and meets the program criteria.
The application forms and requirements can be found on both the Ho-Chunk, Inc. website at www.hochunkinc.com and the Ho-Chunk Facts website at www.hochunkfacts.com. For more information, please contact Sharon Frenchman at 402-878-2809. The completed application and additional materials should be returned to Ho-Chunk, Inc. Corporate Office, 1 Mission Drive, Winnebago, NE 68071 and must be postmarked or delivered by hand to the Corporate Office by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014.
WINNEBAGO, NE – Ho-Chunk, Inc. is pleased to announce the continuation of its Higher Education Program for students planning to attend a four-year college, two-year college or technical college this fall. The program will award scholarships to full-time college students pursuing diverse careers such as Business, Tribal Management, Law and Economics for the 2014-15 school year. Winnebago Tribal members who live on or off the Winnebago Reservation are encouraged to apply for the program.
The Ho-Chunk, Inc. Higher Education Program will provide scholarships for up to four applicants with up to $2,000 per year per student over a two-year period to offset educational expenses. The scholarships will be awarded through an application process directly administered by Ho-Chunk, Inc. As part of the program, scholarship recipients will have access to Ho-Chunk, Inc. mentors who will help support the students and act as a coach to encourage them to continue in the program.
Scholarship recipients will also have the potential for part-time employment with Ho-Chunk, Inc. or a subsidiary throughout the duration of the program. Students that successfully complete the two-year program will have the opportunity to work full-time for Ho-Chunk, Inc. or one of its subsidiaries to explore career advancement opportunities.
"Ho-Chunk, Inc. is committed to providing various education and career enhancement programs to the Winnebago community," stated Lance Morgan, President and CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc. "We're thankful to have yet another opportunity to provide this Higher Education Program to our Winnebago Tribal members."
Applicants are required to submit a separate written essay describing the student's reasons for applying to the scholarship program and for attending college. The essay should also describe how the Winnebago culture and traditional values have influenced the student's life and how they will continue to be incorporated in the student's college and/or career goals.
The application forms and requirements can be found on both the Ho-Chunk, Inc. website at www.hochunkinc.com and the Ho-Chunk Facts website at www.hochunkfacts.com. For more information, please contact Sharon Frenchman at 402-878-2809. The completed application and additional materials should be returned to Ho-Chunk, Inc. Corporate Office, 1 Mission Drive, Winnebago, NE 68071 and must be postmarked or delivered by hand to the Corporate Office by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014.
WINNEBAGO, NE – Ho-Chunk, Inc. is pleased to announce the receipt of a $2.3 million federal contract to a company in its Flatwater Group division. All Native Solutions was recently awarded a contract with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to provide furniture, fixtures, equipment and related services to the Riverside Indian School in Anadarko, Oklahoma.
All Native Solutions will provide project management, procurement, delivery and installation services to the 65,000 square foot academic building. This contract includes classrooms and offices; multi-purpose science laboratories; a computer laboratory; media center; two records vaults and a teacher's lounge.
Additionally, the company will provide furniture, fixtures and equipment for the two 94,000 square foot dormitory buildings. This will include over 100 dorm rooms; living and activity rooms; offices; conference rooms as well as exercise equipment for the gymnasium. The contract has a scheduled completion date of September 30th, 2014.
"We're very proud of All Native Solutions for this contract award," stated Lance Morgan, President and CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc. "This is a great opportunity to assist the Bureau of Indian Affairs in making the new Riverside Indian School buildings a great atmosphere for the 400 in residence students."
Founded in 1871, the Riverside Indian School is the nation's oldest federally operated American Indian boarding school. The new academic and dormitory buildings will support students in grades 9-12.
The Flatwater Group includes companies specializing in federal business products and services for information technology, office equipment and furnishings, electronics and support services. All Native Solutions and the Flatwater Group are headquartered in Winnebago, Nebraska and also maintain offices in Bellevue, Nebraska and Arlington, Virginia. The company has provided services for the Internal Revenue Service, Defense Commissary Agency, U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Air Force.
Ho-Chunk, Inc. is the award-winning economic development corporation owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. Founded in 1994, the corporation operates 35 subsidiaries and employs more than 1,000 people from diverse ethnic backgrounds and skills sets. Ho-Chunk, Inc. and subsidiary operations span more than 16 states and 8 foreign countries. Other subsidiary operations include information technology, construction, government contracting, green energy, retail, wholesale distribution, marketing and transportation.
WINNEBAGO, NE – Ho-Chunk, Inc., the economic development corporation owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, recently hosted two officials from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The officials were given a tour of the corporations' headquarters in Winnebago, Nebraska as well as its Bellevue, Nebraska office.
Verron Brade, Director, and Lori Moore, Business Management Specialist, from NASA arranged this visit to Ho-Chunk, Inc. to better understand how the corporation and its subsidiaries reinvest government contracting revenue into the Winnebago community. In particular, the officials sought to learn more about the Ho-Chunk, Inc. Summer College Internship Program.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has a high regard toward education and provides a series of internship opportunities at its facilities throughout the United States. NASA internships work to prepare students for careers aligned with Goddard and its industry and university partners.
Similarly, Ho-Chunk, Inc.'s internship program provides hands on experience to students seeking a career aligned with Ho-Chunk, Inc. and its industry within a business environment. Developmental opportunities include meetings with managerial and corporate executives; various education workshops; subsidiary information exchanges; strategic planning sessions; networking events and various other relevant proceedings.
During the visit, Brade and Moore were given a tour of the Winnebago community which included Ho-Chunk, Inc. business operations; new housing development; Edu Care building; Little Priest Tribal College and the Ho-Chunk Village. The day also included presentations from John Blackhawk, Winnebago Tribal Chairman; Lance Morgan, President and CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc.; Sharon Frenchman, CAO of Ho-Chunk, Inc. and Sarah Snake, Property Services Coordinator of Ho-Chunk Real Estate.
"We really appreciated the opportunity to share our story with Verron Brade and Lori Moore," stated Morgan. "Not only did we get to share a little more about our mission and operations, but also had the chance to learn more about their facilities and educational programs."
A Ho-Chunk, Inc. subsidiary was recently awarded the Office of Human Capital Management Professional Services contract for work to be performed at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and at all NASA Goddard Space Flight Center facilities throughout the U.S. The $23 million federal contract officially began on September 1, 2013.
Ho-Chunk, Inc.'s mission is to provide long-term economic self-sufficiency and job opportunities for the Winnebago Tribe. The income generated from government contracting provides significant funding for the development of the Winnebago, Nebraska community. Among the services, programs and activities supported by these funds is the Winnebago $1 Million Housing Stimulus Program. The corporation has also built a Senior Living Housing Development and other commercial business on the reservation that provide both housing and jobs for Tribal members.
Ho-Chunk, Inc. is pleased to announce that a company from its All Native Group division was recently awarded a $15.3 million contract with the Pentagon. Ho-Chunk Technical Solutions will provide strategic planning and integration to the Pentagon under the Washington Headquarters Services (WHS), Enterprise Management (EM). The contract will employ 31 over a Base Period of 12 months and two 12-month option periods.
The All Native Group is the federal services contracting division of Ho-Chunk, Inc. Ho-Chunk, Inc. is the award-winning economic development corporation owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. The All Native Group division includes service offerings in Corporate Staff Augmentation, Editorial, Information Technology, Logistics, Program Management and Integrated Health Services.
Ho-Chunk Technical Solutions will provide all labor, supervision and quality control necessary to provide comprehensive technical and professional services. The company will be directly responsible for ensuring the accuracy, timeliness and completion of all tasks under this effort. The work will be performed in the National Capital Region particularly in the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia; Mark Center, Alexandria, Virginia and Fort Meade, Maryland.
"Ho-Chunk, Inc. is enthusiastic about this new opportunity with the Pentagon," stated Lance Morgan, President and CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc. "We are well prepared to meet the needs of the contract specifications and are appreciative of the Pentagon's trust in our abilities. We believe our flexibility, reliability and efficiency at a low cost are a few of the reasons why we were selected. As part of the All Native Group division, Ho-Chunk Technical Solutions plays a vital role in providing new revenue and support benefiting our community and the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska."
Included in the contract are efforts that support or contribute to improve the Pentagon WHS EM program, strategic management activities, logistics, mass communications, records, project monitoring and reporting. Additionally, the All Native Group will assist in data collection, budgeting, accounting, performance auditing, administrative technical support, human resources technical support, and applicable training programs.
WHS provides a wide range of strategic, administrative and operational services that enable Department of Defense components to accomplish the mission of supporting the Secretary of Defense. EM, under the authority of the Deputy Director, WHS, is charged with providing many of these services that include oversight, management, strategic management and operations of enterprise-wide programs.
Companies in the All Native Group are headquartered in Winnebago, Nebraska and also maintain offices in Bellevue, Nebraska, Warner Robins, Georgia and Arlington, Virginia. The division provides technology solutions for both federal and commercial clients.
WINNEBAGO, NE – The All Native Group is pleased to announce participation in a $99 million federal service contract. A company in the All Native Group, Ho-Chunk Technical Solutions, is one of eight awardees who will provide support to the United States Army Medical Materiel Agency (USAMMA). This is a five-year contract with one base year and four option years.
The All Native Group is the federal services contracting division of Ho-Chunk, Inc. Ho-Chunk, Inc. is the award-winning economic development corporation owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. The All Native Group division includes service offerings in Corporate Staff Augmentation, Editorial, Information Technology, Logistics, Program Management and Integrated Health Services. One of six companies in the All Native Group, Ho-Chunk Technical Solutions will provide Integrated Health Services to USAMMA.
Ho-Chunk Technical Solutions will help plan, coordinate and assist with joint medical logistics operations in the following key functional areas: Program Management Support Services; Studies & Analysis; Business Process Improvement; Functional Validation & Verification; Records Management; Integrated Information Management (IM) Solutions; Medical Supply Chain & Logistics and Management Support in various areas.
"Ho-Chunk, Inc. is very pleased to have earned this opportunity with USAMMA," stated Lance Morgan, President and CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc. "Our goal is to provide the utmost quality and outstanding customer service. Additionally, we are very appreciative of USAMMA's trust in our ability to meet their needs. As part of the All Native Group Division, Ho-Chunk Technical Solutions plays a vital role in providing new revenue and support benefiting our community and the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska."
Ho-Chunk Technical Solutions will provide control measures to meet the goals and overall mission of USAMMA. The company will assist in the establishment of requirements and procedures for research, development and acquisition of medical materiel lifecycle projects; evaluate and manage materiel readiness of the medical materiel acquisition process; perform business support operations using Theater Enterprise-Wide Logistics Systems (TEWLS) to conduct studies for new concepts, supply chain management and lifecycle management of medical assemblages.
Additionally, the company will provide program management and project lead experience in the testing and maintenance of medical devices; distribute and maintain medical equipment and supplies for the medical force; ensure accessibility and accountability of medical supplies as well as provide complete training packages for end-users of TEWLS.
The USAMMA requires contract support services at various locations that include, but are not limited to, the following: Fort Detrick, MD; Sierra Army Depot, CA; Fort Bragg, NC; Fort Hood, TX; Fort Lewis, WA; Fort Carson, CO; Fort Campbell, KY; Charleston, SC; Perry Point, MD; San Antonio, TX; Qatar, Korea, Japan, Germany and Italy.
Companies in the All Native Group are headquartered in Winnebago, Nebraska and also maintain offices in Bellevue, Nebraska, Warner Robins, Georgia and Arlington, Virginia. The company provides technology solutions for both federal and commercial clients.
"Our team understands the mission and has policies, procedures and training plans in place to execute day one," said Heath Rist, Vice President of All Native Group. "We are prepared to operate in a highly professional manner while planning, maintaining and executing mobilization readiness, military operations and contingency missions in support of the Army Medical Materiel Command."
The mission of Ho-Chunk, Inc. is to provide long-term economic self-sufficiency and job opportunities for the Winnebago Tribe. Ho-Chunk, Inc. operates 35 subsidiaries and employs more than 1,000 people from diverse ethnic backgrounds and skills sets. Ho-Chunk, Inc. and subsidiary operations span more than 16 states and 8 foreign countries. Other subsidiary operations include information technology, construction, government contracting, green energy, retail, wholesale distribution, marketing and transportation.
WINNEBAGO, NE – Ho-Chunk, Inc. is pleased to announce the receipt of a $1.9 million contract to a company in its Flatwater Group division. The Flatwater Group includes companies specializing in federal business products and services for information technology, office equipment and furnishings, electronics and support services.
The Flatwater Group company, All Native Solutions, completed a $1.9 million contract with the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe providing furniture, fixtures and equipment for a newly constructed building on the Reservation. This included the acquisition of furniture, fixtures and equipment; the installation of those items; as well as the overall project management of the contract. The building is scheduled to open this fall 2013.
The site is a 400,000 square foot administration building on the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Reservation. All Native Solutions provided interior design services by identifying the correct furniture, fixtures and equipment that were selected for procurement and installation. This included the brand, size, number, fabric, colors and materials. The company's design team provided the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Program Manager with floor plans for the furniture, fixtures and equipment as well as pictorial three-dimensional drawings that identified all of the acquired items under the contract and the location of where they were placed.
"It was truly a great opportunity to work with the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe on their new administration building," stated Lance Morgan, President and CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc. "The size and scope of this new building is a remarkable example of the Tribe's progress as a whole. We hope to have another opportunity to work with them in the future."
All Native Solutions and the Flatwater Group are headquartered in Winnebago, Nebraska and also maintain offices in Bellevue, Nebraska and Arlington, Virginia. The company has provided services for the Internal Revenue Service, Defense Commissary Agency, U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Air Force.
WINNEBAGO, NE – Ho-Chunk, Inc., the economic development corporation owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Ho-Chunk Village. The Ho-Chunk Village is a modern, mixed-use commercial, industrial, residential and master plan development located in Winnebago, Nebraska.
In 2003, a partnership was made to help tackle the lack of housing on the Winnebago Reservation. This partnership led to the creation of a town center of private homes, multi-family housing, commercial and industrial businesses, a community park and retail shopping.
The Ho-Chunk Villages' residential segment features single and multi-family housing and senior living units. Additionally, it houses three industrial companies and multiple commercial businesses including a law firm, marketing company, gaming corporation, office products and furniture business as well as an art and learning center, retail store, restaurant and a general merchandiser.
"The 10th anniversary of the Ho-Chunk Village is another great example of how far we've come," said Lance Morgan, President and CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc. "A lot of work has been done over the past 10 years to improve the Winnebago community and that effort continues to grow as we see additional families purchasing their new homes in the Ho-Chunk Village."
In honor of the anniversary, Ho-Chunk, Inc. held a community celebration in the Ho-Chunk Village with food, family activities, presentations, prizes and giveaways. Local community members and Ho-Chunk, Inc. staff were present at the celebration with nearly 400 people in attendance.
Although the Ho-Chunk Village is a 40-acre development, there is an increasing demand for housing that will require additional land acquisition in the future. Currently, the Ho-Chunk Village has a college classroom and another set of senior living units in construction.
Ho-Chunk, Inc. is the award-winning economic development corporation owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. The company began in 1994 with only one employee and has now grown to 1,000 employees. Ho-Chunk, Inc.'s long-term mission is to provide the Tribe with a large enough income stream from its business operations to enable the Tribe to reach economic self-sufficiency.
WINNEBAGO, NE – Ho-Chunk, Inc. the economic development corporation owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska recently purchased majority ownership in a new business startup called PaySAFE Escrow, Inc. The company is headquartered in Winnebago with offices in Bellevue.
PaySAFE is the first online closing table for high-value transactions between private parties introduced through online marketplaces. Online auctions for classic cars, construction equipment, artwork and used vehicles represent a large portion of PaySAFE transactions today. Through the website, PaySAFEescrow.com users have the ability to create, negotiate and close transactions securely online 24/7.
PaySAFE's software provides users with an easy to follow workflow to properly document and record the history of the transaction. Users are able to create and electronically approve a purchase agreement, track all communication history between each other and produce a Bill of Sale or transaction history report for their permanent records. Proper documentation reduces misunderstandings and provides a permanent record in case of a dispute. PaySAFE also provides financial protection for both buyers and sellers often separated by many states. The company works as a neutral Escrow agent that collects, holds and disburses the purchase price once both parties approve.
Matt Medlock, Founder and President of PaySAFE, created the company to fulfill the growing number of individuals buying high value items like cars and artwork online with unknown sellers. Medlock leveraged his 20 years of banking experience, to create an online software solution that provides financial protection and an improved user experience for individuals shopping online.
"Ho-Chunk, Inc. is an entrepreneurial company with interests in new technology and innovative ideas like PaySAFE" said Lance Morgan, President and CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc. "The decision to invest in the company was just another opportunity to support an entrepreneur with a great business idea. We believe PaySAFE is a unique service that has the possibility to become something big."
Morgan launched Ho-Chunk, Inc. in 1994 with a startup investment from the Winnebago Tribe. Today, the $260 million global corporation operates 35 diverse subsidiaries employing 1,000 people across the United States and in eight foreign countries. Those companies specialize in various fields including construction, green energy, government contracting, information technology, logistics, marketing, professional services, retail and wholesale distribution. In 2002, Morgan was the recipient of Minorities in Business Magazines' Entrepreneurial Spirit Award recognizing his success in growing Ho-Chunk, Inc. through the development of new business ventures. The company has since grown on a national and international scale.
In addition to the company's numerous subsidiaries, Ho-Chunk, Inc. has also developed a diverse list of investments in office buildings, apartment complexes, an indoor football team, Real Estate Company, custom farming and a digital advertising company.
WINNEBAGO, NE – Ho-Chunk, Inc., a multi-million dollar corporation headquartered in Winnebago, Nebraska, recently purchased an office building in Bellevue, Nebraska. The newly remodeled building, named the Ho-Chunk Place, now consists of Ho-Chunk, Inc. subsidiary companies involved in government contracting, construction, communications, information technology, logistics, office products, machines and other office technology.
Ho-Chunk, Inc. operates 34 subsidiaries in predominantly three divisions named the All Native Group, Flatwater Group and Ho-Chunk Construction Group. The company purchased the 3-story office building to help accommodate customers and to meet the needs of the three growing divisions. The new location currently houses 55 employees and offers additional space for future expansion.
An Open House was recently held to showcase the Ho-Chunk Place. The event began with a private blessing followed by entertainment from a drum group called the GreyWolf Singers. Lance Morgan, President and CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc., and other corporate officials lead the ribbon cutting ceremony. The event was attended by dignitaries from around the state.
"We're very excited to increase our presence in the Bellevue and Omaha markets," said Lance Morgan. "This is not only a necessary step for Ho-Chunk, Inc.'s growth, but is also a way for us to continue providing our clients with the best service possible."
Ho-Chunk, Inc. subsidiaries do considerable work in the Omaha area working on federal contracts. A significant amount of those contracts are for Offutt Air Force Base. Therefore, the purchase of the building was not only a way to fulfill space requirements, but it also provided a central location to serve those federal contracts.
The All Native Group is the government services division of Ho-Chunk, Inc. The division features multiple companies that provide communications, information technology, managed services, operations and maintenance and training to their clients. Recently, a company within the All Native Group division was awarded a $23 million federal contract for work to be completed at NASA Headquarters and its facilities throughout the U.S.
The Flatwater Group is the business products and services division that includes companies providing a full line of office furniture, office products, storage technology, logistics, virtualization and security solutions to their clients. A Flatwater Group company was recently awarded a $39 million federal contract through the Defense Logistics Agency to provide them with Multi-Functional Devices and copier machines throughout the U.S. and the Pacific.
The Ho-Chunk Construction Group provides general contracting, excavation services, construction management and design-build services to their clients. The division works in the commercial, industrial and governmental market. The companies within this division have provided a combined list of services to clients such as Offutt Air Force Base, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Navy and the U.S. Veterans Administration.
The Ho-Chunk Place is one of several facilities that Ho-Chunk, Inc. maintains across the United States and abroad. Ho-Chunk, Inc. has operations in 16 states, including Washington, D.C., and in eight foreign countries.
WINNEBAGO, NE – Lance Morgan, President and CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc., gave the commencement speech at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's summer undergraduate commencement ceremony. The ceremony was held on Saturday, August 17 at the newly built Pinnacle Bank Arena where approximately 390 degrees were awarded.
Earlier this year, Morgan received an award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln recognizing his leadership, service and contribution to the State of Nebraska. The University's Chancellor Harvey Perlman then asked Morgan to be the speaker for the commencement ceremony.
"It is truly an honor to have been selected to give the University's commencement speech," said Morgan. "Graduating from college can be an overwhelming and exciting time in a student's life. My intent was to provide them with a little insight and advice that they'll hopefully be able to use in the working world."
Morgan earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1990 and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1993. One year later, Morgan launched Ho-Chunk, Inc. as the economic development corporation owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. Under Morgan's leadership, Ho-Chunk, Inc. has grown from one employee to over 1,000 employees with operations in 16 states and eight foreign countries. Revenues have grown from $0 in 1994 to $260 million in 2013.
Along with his work at Ho-Chunk, Inc., Morgan lends his advice and experiences to the University's Great Plains Studies. His most recent seminars have centered around the lack of opportunity on the Plains and public policy's impact on Native American economic development. Additionally, Morgan is an adjunct professor of Law at Arizona State University teaching tribal economic law and policy issues.
Morgan has been honored by People Magazine; USA Today; the U.S. Small Business Administration; Harvard Law School; Nebraska Indian Affairs Committee; and most recently by the White House in 2011 as a "Champion of Change", one of only 18 people across the U.S. to receive the honor.
Morgan has also served as economic advisor to the Bureau of Indian Affairs; was appointed to the Consumer Advisory Board of the U.S. Federal Reserve for a 3-year term; and has consulted with other tribal organizations throughout the United States on economic development issues and tribal business enterprises. He is the managing partner of Fredericks, Peebles and Morgan, a national law firm specializing in tribal economic development, tribal government and natural resource management.
A company in Ho-Chunk, Inc.'s All Native Group division has been awarded a $23 million federal contract. The All Native Group consists of companies involved in communications, information technology, managed services, operations and maintenance and training.
The All Native Group Company, All Native, Inc., was awarded the Office of Human Capital Management Professional Services contract for work to be performed at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and at all NASA Goddard Space Flight Center facilities throughout the U.S. The contract will officially begin on September 1, 2013.
The contract was a competitive procurement for certified 8(a) businesses. The SBA 8(a) status is given to small disadvantaged businesses. It provides these firms with the ability to participate and grow into the open market by offering support in mentoring, business counseling, training and financial assistance.
Under this contract, All Native, Inc. will provide operational support services, including, but not limited to: recruitment projects, human capital projects; ongoing staffing and classification services; learning, training, coaching, leadership development; organizational effectiveness, change management; career development and labor relations.
"Ho-Chunk, Inc. is thrilled to start this valuable relationship with NASA," said Lance Morgan, President and CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc. "Ho-Chunk, Inc. and its companies work hard to provide customers with the best service and fair pricing. We appreciate NASA's decision to work with All Native, Inc. on this contract and we look forward to working with them in September."
All Native, Inc. is an SBA 8(a) and SDB Certified company that serves a diverse array of clients. Incorporated in 2008, All Native, Inc. is a provider of network services, information technology solutions and managed services. Since its incorporation, All Native, Inc. has also expanded its operations to include expertise in complete voice and data solutions, training and professional services.
Ho-Chunk, Inc. recently announced plans for a new events center and casino at Atokad Park in South Sioux City, NE. The decision to go forward with this concept came shortly after the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission selected another casino operator to build the new Woodbury County casino.
The developmental ideas for the Atokad property were under consideration until an announcement was made about the Woodbury County casino license. Ho-Chunk, Inc. then decided to submit a casino proposal for Woodbury County while keeping the Atokad property as a back-up plan. Since the Hard Rock proposal was awarded the Woodbury County casino license, Ho-Chunk, Inc. decided to revisit the original plans for the Atokad property.
In 2011, new legislation was introduced that, if passed, would allow slot machines at horse racetracks. Under that legislation, the former occupant of the Atokad horse racetrack would have had the opportunity to add slot machines to their property. However, the legislation was vetoed by Nebraska Governor, Dave Heineman.
At that time, the purchase of Atokad was an effort to protect WinnaVegas from any possible competitors that could result from future changes in Nebraska gaming legislation. Today, that effort is directed towards bringing gaming to Atokad. It is a necessary step to protect potential losses that could result from Hard Rock’s operations.
“The alternative is to do nothing and wait for Hard Rock to be built, and wait for someone to take our market share,” stated Lance Morgan, President and CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc. “We need to do what every other American company does when faced with competition and act strategically.”
The new $40 million multi-purpose events center would be large enough for various equestrian events and could host a wide range of special events, from live musical acts to motocross races. The concept features multi-use contemporary natural stone and wood design all on one level. It will consist of approximately 157,000 square feet with an arena/exhibition floor surrounded by 1,500 seats. Future expansion of the complex may include additional exhibition wings, restaurant and retail space and an outdoor venue with seating.
“Ho-Chunk, Inc. is an entrepreneurial company that will not sit around and wait to see how something will impact us,” said Morgan. “We will continue our efforts in creating economic development to benefit the Siouxland region while protecting WinnaVegas from outside competitors.”
The Atokad development would require new legislation and/or a new constitutional amendment allowing slot machines at horse racetracks in Nebraska. If the legislation is introduced next year it could be successfully passed by 2014. Given those circumstances, the complex could tentatively open by the spring of 2015.
Lance Morgan, CEO and President of Ho-Chunk, Inc., has been awarded the University of Nebraska Builder Award recognizing his service to the State of Nebraska and to the University. The award was presented to Morgan by former U.S. Senator, Ben Nelson, during the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s commencement ceremony.
Each year, up to two individuals are chosen to receive the Nebraska Builder Award. It is the highest non-academic award granted by the University. The policies set by the University Board of Regents specify that the award be given to individuals who have been “builders” of the State of Nebraska and/or the University. Morgan was the only person selected for the 2012 award.
The award nomination was made by Associate Professor Wendy Katz, of the University of Nebraska Museum and Department of Art and Art History, and Dean David Manderscheid, of the College of Arts and Sciences. Their nomination was supported by Chancellor Harvey Perlman, of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A letter from Chancellor Perlman to Morgan stated, “The State of Nebraska has been enriched by your leadership, service and contributions. These superb qualities have been demonstrated over and over again by you, and they serve as an example for all Nebraskans”.
“It is a great honor to have been selected for the Nebraska Builder Award,” said Morgan. “Ho-Chunk, Inc. has come a long way since it first began in 1994 and this award is a great recognition of the company’s ability to make a positive economic impact at the local and state level. We are proud of the progress our company has made to create a better way of life for the Winnebago people. And we are proud of our participation in the growth of the region and, in particularly, the State of Nebraska. ”
Morgan continued, “I am proud to be a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Alumni and a lifelong Husker fan. Additionally, I am proud of the work that the University is doing to make Nebraska a better place to live”.
Morgan launched Ho-Chunk, Inc. in 1994 as the economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. Under Morgan’s leadership, Ho-Chunk, Inc. has grown from one employee in 1995 to over 1,000 employees with operations in 16 states and 8 foreign countries. Revenues have grown from $0 in 1994 to $260 million in 2012. The corporation portfolio includes information technology, professional services, wholesale distribution, manufacturing, business products, marketing, agriculture and green energy.
Ho-Chunk, Inc. has been recognized by a variety of national organizations including: Innovations in Government Award, sponsored by Harvard University and the Ford Foundation; Honoring Nations Award, also sponsored by Harvard; Minority Business Magazine, Entrepreneurial Spirit Award; Small Business Administration; U.S. Department of State; and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Morgan has been honored by People Magazine, USA Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Harvard Law School; Nebraska Indian Affairs Committee; and most recently by the White House in 2011 as a “Champion of Change”, one of only 18 people across the U.S. to receive the honor.
Morgan has also served as economic advisor to the Bureau of Indian Affairs; was appointed to the Consumer Advisory Board of the U.S. Federal Reserve for a 3-year term; and has consulted with other tribal organizations throughout the United States on economic development issues and tribal business enterprises. He is also the managing partner of Fredericks, Peebles and Morgan, a national law firm specializing in tribal economic development, tribal government and natural resource management.
Morgan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.