What We Do

Business Development

We pride ourselves on helping Native American and tribally-owned businesses obtain financing and gain critical access to federal business development programs and contracts by:

  • Providing professional business consulting services and technical assistance at no cost to our clients.
  • Delivering more than 5,000 contracts over 18 years, resulting in nearly $4 billion in contracts and more than 65,000 jobs.
  • Increasing the number of American Indian/Alaska Native-owned businesses, including helping Fortune 1000 companies use more Native businesses in their supply chains.
  • Fostering a new generation of American Indian/Alaska Native entrepreneurs and inspiring our youth to pursue business education and obtain practical experience.
  • Leveraging the new digital economy to help Native businesses expand their reach and potential.

Advocacy

We serve as the voice for Native business in the Halls of Congress and with federal agencies. Our accomplishments are significant and still growing, including:

  • Securing the 5% Indian Incentive Program and helping our businesses gain access to the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) and other federal programs.
  • Leading the effort to pass the Native American Business Incubators Program Act, which was signed into law in 2020.
  • Advocating for tribes, tribally-owned businesses, and Native American and Alaska Native entrepreneurs through the CARES Act and ensuring access to PPP loans and other small business assistance.
  • Elevating the voices and concerns of our community, regardless of which party is in power.

Economic Development

We understand access to capital is one of the biggest challenges Indian Country faces. We help businesses get the financing they need to reach their business dreams by developing networks and training as well as a robust lender referral service, including:

  • Launching Native Edge Finance, Inc., (NEF) a Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).
  • Native Edge Finance’s goal is to provide economic opportunities for Native American communities and businesses by providing products and financial services to support business growth and development.
  • NEF will begin lending summer of 2021.
  • Connecting businesses directly with financial institutions capable of funding their dreams at events like RES and our Native Edge Institutes (NEIs).

Upcoming events
2021 Calendar / Events

May 27

May 27, 2021 | Time: 9:00 am

NEI Charleston

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Jun 3

Jun 3, 2021 | Time: 9:00 am

NEI Alaska

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Jul 19

Jul 19, 2021 | Time:

RES

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Reservation Economic Summit

Reservation Economic Summit (RES) is the conference to attend for those looking for high caliber networking, matchmaking opportunities, business development sessions, one-on-one consulting, all centered around American Indian Enterprise.

The event features tribal leaders, members of Congress, federal agency representatives, state and local officials and top CEO’s on a national platform. It’s just one more example of how the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is building bridges of opportunity for today’s American Indian entrepreneurs.

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Native Edge Institute

Native Edge Institutes (NEI) are one-day, in-person events that provide both established and aspiring business owners with critical business training. NEIs also connect participants to resources available in their region, along with one-on-one business counseling, coaching, and matchmaking services.

Procurement Technical Assistance Center

The National Center’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) provides professional business consulting services and technical assistance to Native American-owned businesses interested in marketing and selling their products and services to Federal, state, local, and tribal governments. The National Center’s PTAC assists business owners in marketing and networking, identifying bid opportunities, Small Business Administration connections, 8(a), HUBZone and other certifications, determining suitability for contract, and more.

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40 Under 40 Awards

We recognizing Native American citizens for outstanding leadership and community contributions annually.

The 40 Under 40 is a prestigious award which recognizes forty emerging American Indians from across Indian Country who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication and made significant contributions in business and in their community.

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“We Mean Business”

For over 50 years, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development has been helping Indian tribes and businesses gain access to economic opportunity and growth. Thanks to your support, NCAIED is now the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation, and we’re continuing to work towards improving the lives of all American Indian people both now and for generations to come.

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News and Blogs

National Center President & CEO Chris James Appointed to the Board of...
May 2021

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s (The National Center) President and CEO, Chris James, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement USA. Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare...

Business Award Nominations Open
April 2021

The National Center’s Business Awards are Now Open! Below are the six awards that will be awarded at the 2021 Reservations Economic Summit. Winners will also be featured in The National Center’s magazine launching in...

Buy Indian Expansion Proposals
April 2021

April 8, 2021 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker U.S. House of Representatives H-232 Capitol Building Washington, D.C. 20515   The Honorable Kevin McCarthy Minority Leader U.S. House of Representatives H-204 Capitol Building Washington, D.C. 20515...

Partnerships and Supporters

Recognizing Native American citizens for outstanding leadership and community contributions annually.