Native Edge Institute Charleston

Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Practical Approaches with Key Business Concepts


Charleston, SC — The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (The National Center) will bring its premier business development training to the East Coast for Native Edge Institute (NEI) Charleston: Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Practical Approaches with Key Business Concepts. NEI Charleston is a one-day business training event that will take place on Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST. NEI Charleston will be presented in a hybrid format, with virtual and in-person options available. In-person attendance will be limited to ensure proper social distancing for all attendees. You can register here for NEI Charleston hosted by the Charleston Marriott. The National Center and the host will enforce Centers for Disease Control, state, and local public health guidelines for all in-person attendees. NEIs are one-day, in-person and virtual training events that provide both established and aspiring business owners critical business training.


Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Boulevard, Charleston, SC 29403

Brought to you by The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) and Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency 

Thursday May 27, 2021 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST

Register Here


Here are just some of the presentations you can expect at NEI South Carolina:


May 27, 2021

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Welcome Remarks


9:30 AM – 10:15 AM:  Strategic Planning with the Lean Canvas

Effective strategic planning serves as a powerful tool in identifying, defining, and measuring the path to success for your business. In this session, learn how you can make use of the Lean Canvas to simplify strategic planning and focus on the key drivers of your business model.


10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: National Center Procurement Technical Assistance Center: Levering your business working with Large Primes, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin


11:00 AM – 11:30 PM:  Marketing Your Small Business While Leveraging Business Certifications and Their Benefits


11:30 PM – 12:45 PM Lunch Keynote Advantages of Small-Business Ownership

Owning a small business has its advantages and disadvantages, learn from two small business owners, and weigh the pros and cons carefully and decide whether the risk is worth the reward.


12:45 PM – 2:00 PM Overview of Small Business Federal Contracting, Set-aside Programs, Updates, New Rules & Regulations

This session will train nascent federal contractors regarding the benefits of participating in various small business contracting and set-aside programs. We will review eligibility criteria, affiliation concerns, program benefits, and discussions on how to maintain eligibility. Small Business Contracting Programs to be discussed include the 8(a) Business Development, HUBZone, Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, Women Owned Small Business and Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Business Programs. And review the New Rules and Regulations.


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Resources, Networking and the Importance of Branding

This panel will discuss ways to tap into the resources, expand growth and move beyond traditional coaching methods to deliver sustainable change by learning the process to transform your business to success. Learn from local businesses and centers on how to  start, run and expand in South Carolina with tips on where to find local contracts with the importance of branding not only to federal contractors but to corporations and supplier diversity programs.


3:15 PM – 4:00 PM: Financing Your Business / Access to Capital

All businesses need capital to get established and then grow.  In this session we focus on determining how much capital you need, then explore the options available and what it takes to arrange the right type of financing for your business.