NCAIED’s National Reservation Economic Summit features Tribal Business Leaders Forum with Members of Congress
Mesa, Ariz. – February 27, 2013 – The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is the most established national, non-profit organization in Indian Country, having been solely dedicated to developing American Indian economic self-sufficiency through business ownership for 44 years. The National Reservation Economic Summit (National RES), NCAIED’s signature event, is the largest and longest running American Indian business expo in the nation. It is also the NCAIED’s annual fundraising effort, helping to support its various programs and initiatives throughout Indian Country.
New to National RES in 2013 is the Tribal Business Leaders Forum: a dynamic collaboration between Executives of Tribal Enterprises, Alaska Native Corporations and members of the United States Congress. The forum is being organized in two parts. The first half will offer members of Congress the opportunity to dialogue with Native corporations and learn more about their successes, dividends they have given back, and communities they have helped. The second half of the forum will focus on building bridges amongst Tribes and Tribal Enterprises whom have had successes across various sectors and industries including, but not limited to, 8(a) contracting, agriculture/global enterprise and trade, oil and gas, gaming, and energy.
“The NCAIED is pleased to bring together leadership from Washington, D.C. and respected executives from across Indian Country to take part in our Tribal Business Leaders Forum at National RES Las Vegas 2013,” said Gary Davis, president and chief executive officer of NCAIED. “The discussions to take place at the Tribal Business Leaders Forum will focus on creating long term and sustainable economic growth for our Tribal Nations. We are extremely pleased to join with NOVA Corporation in presenting our first Tribal Business Leaders Forum and welcome the attendance and support of the White House, Members of Congress, the Department of Commerce and the Minority Business Development Agency.”
NOVA Corporation, a leading information technology company owned by the Navajo Nation with offices in Window Rock, Ariz., Albuquerque, N.M., Chambersburg, Pa. and Columbia, Md. has announced its sponsorship of the Tribal Business Leaders Forum.
“The NOVA Corporation is proud to sponsor the Tribal Business Leader Forum in partnership with NCAIED. We are confident that this event will create opportunities to identify and diminish obstacles in creating a better economy for Indian Country,” said John Snider, president and chief executive officer of NOVA Corporation. “We are committed to improving the economic condition of the Navajo People; this is our opportunity to contribute to NCAIED’s mission of developing American Indian economic self-sufficiency through business ownership.”
The forum welcomes the confirmed attendance of United States Congressmen Benny Thompson (D-MS), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), and Donald Young (R-AK). The moderator of the forum will be Mr. David Hinson, National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). Also participating will be Ms. Dee Alexander, Senior Advisor on Native American Affairs for the Department of Commerce and Mr. Charles Galbraith, Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.