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NEI Louisiana will take place on February 18

January 11, 2021 Kinder, LA — Today, The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (The National Center) announced its return to the South with Native Edge Institute (NEI) Louisiana: How to Maneuver and Build Your Business During Unprecedented Times. NEI Louisiana is a one-day business training event that will take place on February 18, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CST. NEI Louisiana 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. Additionally, The National Center and our host—Coushatta Casino Resort—will enforce Centers for Disease Control, state, and local public health guidelines for all in-person attendees. Click below to register now.

Register for NEI Louisiana

NEI Louisiana’s hybrid sessions will focus on how businesses of all sizes can build economic resilience into their business model. The programming will be applicable to business nationwide, and it will also include several sessions focused on doing business in Louisiana, including working with local tribally owned casinos and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center. NEI Louisiana is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency. NEIs are one-day, in-person and virtual training events that provide both established and aspiring business owners critical business training. NEIs also connect participants to existing resources available in their region by one-on-one business counseling/coaching and matchmaking services. All attendees will gain access to the National Center’s unique N2N (Native-to-Native) business network, as well as the National Center’s in-region procurement and technical assistance training, federal program and procurement coaching, and accessing capital via Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs).

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

  • Marketing Your Small Business While Leveraging Business Certifications and Their Benefits

  • Economic Opportunities Working with the Coushatta and Chitimacha Tribes of Louisiana

  • Procurement Technical Assistance Centers: Program Services Overview

  • Louisiana Small Business Development Center, Programs & Services with a Focus on Access to Capital

“We’re excited to be back in the south for Native Edge Institute Louisiana,” said National Center President and CEO, Chris James. “The Coushatta Casino is the perfect place to discuss economic resiliency – with resiliency and grit, the tribe and its casino have managed its way through a global pandemic and devastating hurricanes while still finding new ways to serve customers. I hope you’ll join us, either in-person or from the comfort of your home or place of business, for this important business training programming.” NEI Louisiana Tentative Agenda: Thursday, February 18, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CST, Register Here

  • 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • 9:30 AM – 10:15 AM: Economic Opportunities Working with the Coushatta and Chitimacha Tribes of Louisiana

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM: Break

  • 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM: Procurement Technical Assistance Centers: program Services Overview – PTAC’s

  • 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Marketing Your Small Business While Leveraging Business Certifications and Their Benefits

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch Break Sponsored by the Coushatta Resort & Casino

  • 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM: Supplier Diversity with Entergy Corporation

  • 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM: Overview of Small Business Federal Contracting, Set-aside Programs, Updates, New Rules & Regulations

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM: Break

  • 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM: Louisiana Small Business Development Center, Program & Services with a Focus on Access to Capital

  • 4:00 PM: Survey and Closing Remarks

About the National Center: The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 50 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development – The National Center has evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation serving over 500 clients and providing over $4 million in contracts to its clients. The National Center has nine offices throughout the nation with its home office located in Mesa, Arizona. The National Center is actively engaged in helping Tribal Nations and Native business people realize their business goals and are dedicated to putting the whole of Indian Country to work to better the lives of American Indian people – both now…and for generations to come. www.ncaied.org

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