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Indian-owned business lands Eileen Fisher contract

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ROCKY BOY, Mont. – Rocky Boy business owner, Luanne Belcourt, of Square Butte Trading Post, recently signed a necklace contract with Eileen Fisher Company. Due to a chance meeting with an associate of Eileen Fisher, Square Butte Trading Post was asked to submit a prototype of a new product that Eileen Fisher was considering.

After a successful launch of an exclusive collection of beaded crocheted necklaces hit the stores the rest is history. Earlier this month, Square Butte Trading Post signed a contract to complete a 2010 spring line of these exclusive necklaces sold by Eileen Fisher.

“As a start up business located on a remote Indian reservation in Montana, we never dreamed our first big client would be someone like Eileen Fisher,” Belcourt said. She has only been in business since 2007, with the first years dedicated to start up.

Square Butte Trading Post specializes in selling American Indian made crafts, clothing and art from the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation. The goal of the business is to offer a quality product that is Native-made, but also to provide viable employment opportunities to the more than 4,000 tribal members, many who suffer from chronic unemployment, that live on the reservation. Belcourt’s sister, Elsie Geboe, is co-owner and manager.

The initial order of Eileen Fisher necklaces flew off the shelves with demand greater than the test supply could handle. Square Butte Trading Post is eager to continue the partnership that they have developed with Eileen Fisher.