Native Edge Institute New York

Native Edge Institute – Brooklyn, New York


Explore and Execute Business Fundamentals: Connect, Learn, Lead, Implement Change

One Day Business Training for All Minority Owned Small Business Owners


Registration limited to the first 50 onsite participants, or viewable via webinar.

Register here. 


Friday August 20, 2021 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST

The Sheraton Brooklyn Hotel

228 Duffield Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201


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


 August 20, 2021 


9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Welcome Remarks


9:30 AM – 10:15 AM: Working with The U.S. Department of Transportation

Learn effective strategies to avoid pitfalls, and assist you with your planning, learning about what DOT is looking for while analyzing your marketing material and proposals. Hear from agency experts to learn about capability statements, how to search for opportunities and learn about the upcoming plans with projected procurement forecasts.


10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Procurement Technical Assistance Centers

The NYC Department of Small Business Services Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) offers one-on-one assistance and training to help businesses in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island that are interested in doing business in local, state, and federal government contracting.

American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian owned businesses are offered technical assistance and training from the National Center American Indian PTAC to help them that are interested in local, state, federal, and tribal government contracting. These businesses may be in the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Eastern, Southwest, and Navajo Regions. Businesses located in the tri-state area are all in the BIA Eastern Region. Join us to learn more about the available assistance and training.


11:00 AM – 11:30 PM: Marketing your small business while leveraging business certifications and their benefits

Patricia Luna is President and CEO of Maclovia, LLC a successful professional services federal contractor located in Northern Virginia. Patricia will share her journey and evolution of starting her small, woman-owned and minority owned business of Hispanic descent and describe the steps she took to navigate the 8(a)-application process, and successfully market and win 8(a) contracts. She will provide information on how to build your brand and capability statement, and will highlight how marketing, innovation, partnerships, and diversification were important for her business success.


11:30 AM – 12:45 PM Lunch Keynote: Native American Leadership

Hear from strong Native American leaders in Indian County on how they decided to take their skills to the next level in entrepreneurship while giving back to small businesses and communities. (complementary lunch provided by Sheraton Hotels).


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.


2:00 PM – 2:45 PM: Federal Cybersecurity Requirements When working with the DoD 

It has become more and more important to safeguard for threats in this ever-evolving ecosystem, and our information technology needs to have proper safeguards, and to comply, small businesses need to learn what the requirements are if you plan to have federal contracts working with the DoD, and possibly with other federal agencies soon. In this session we will hear from subject matter experts that will draft out the process and outline what you should prepare for as a small business owner.


2:45 PM – 3:15 PM: Enhanced Tribal ID Card

In this session we will learn from the Sacred Path, a consulting service of the Pascua Yaqui tribe a Federally recognized tribe from Tucson, Arizona and how they created a safe, seamless, and secure border crossing the first tribe in the Nation to develop and implement a successfully ETC program. With over a decade of experience learn how you can implement this change to your tribal community. The card equates to the U.S. Passport.


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.


4:00 PM – 4:30 PM : Roundtable Discussions

Break into small groups to hear from three of our speakers to learn more and network with participants.

  • GovContractPros
  • Enhanced Tribal ID Card Program
  • PTAC’s


4:30 PM Closing Remarks and Survey