Members of the NCAIED Board of Directors and NCAIED President and CEO with the 2013 NCAIED American Indian Business Scholarship recipients.
RES Arizona participants enjoying a gorgeous day at the Whirlwind Gold Club!
Gila River Indian Community’s Lt. Governor Stephen B. Lewis speaking at the opening of the “Sold Out” RES Arizona Trade Show. RES Arizona Sold Out Trade Show.
Members of the NCAIED Board of Directors, NCAIED President and CEO pictured with the 2013 Class of “Native American 40 Under 40″ award recipients.
NCAIED President and CEO Gary Davis (standing) with Loren Tapahe – CEO, Arizona Indian Chamber of Commerce (seated right), Kerwin Brown (seated middle) – CEO, Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce and member of the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce and Dr. Robert Watts (seated left) – President and Chief Solutions Officer, Watts and Associates at the RES Arizona Diversity Luncheon.
I hope this month’s newsletter finds each and every one of you healthy and prospering in your business and economic development pursuits! I would like to present you with a summary of happenings from our most recent Regional Reservation Economic Summit in Arizona (RES Arizona)!
I am pleased to report that RES Arizona was our most well attended Regional RES to date, with over 500 attendees. What does that mean? Our Regional RES’s are growing! “RES Arizona”, our third Regional RES, nearly doubled the attendance of our first Regional RES, “RES Oklahoma” – which took place less than one year ago. Networking activities began with the RES Arizona Golf Tournament sponsored by Chukchansi Inc. at the beautiful Whirlwind Golf Club. At RES Arizona we moved from two days of content, to three full days of business workshops, trainings, forums and networking opportunities. At RES Arizona we also proudly debuted our first, “Twenty Grand Business Plan Competition”, launched our first ever, “National Center Energy Forum” and held our first “Diversity Luncheon”. Our “Tribal Leaders Business Forum” was insightful, filled with a great Q & A session, was literally standing room only and was presented by the NOVA Corporation.
The Reservation Economic Summit Arizona (RES Arizona) was an enormous success for the NCAIED, attendees and exhibitors alike. We wouldl like to thank our Presenting Sponsors the Gila River Indian Community and Chukchansi, Inc.! Watch highlights and enjoy all the additional RES TV footage from RES Arizona! We will see you March 17-20, 2014 for National RES Las Vegas 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino! Register now for National RES Las Vegas 2014 and take advantage of discounted rates at www.ncaied.org
RES Arizona Premiered the NCAIED’s Twenty Grand Business Plan Competition wherein both start up and established Native American businesses (wholly owned by an enrolled member of any State or Federally recognized Tribal Nation, Alaska Native or Canadian First Nations), from across North America, competed for the chance to win a $20,000 cash award from the NCAIED.
The National Center would like to say congratulations to all of the Twenty Grand Business Plan Competition contestants as they have worked hard and have done an exceptional job presenting their companies and ideas.
We are proud announce that the winner of the Twenty Grand Business Plan Competition is Neechie Gear.
Congratulations to the CEO of Neechie Gear, Mr. Kendal Netmaker.
Twenty Grand Business Plan Winner, Kendal Netmaker of Neechie Gear