Strengthening Small Businesses in the Pacific Northwest The next Native Edge Institute will take place on Thursday, April 1, 2021
February 24, 2021 Snoqualmie, WA — The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (The National Center) will bring its premier business development training to the Pacific Northwest for Native Edge Institute (NEI) Washington: Linking Small Businesses to Resources. NEI Washington is a one-day business training event that will take place on Thursday, April 1, 2021 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM PST. NEI Washington 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 Washington hosted by Salish Lodge and Spa. 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. 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). NEI Washington’s business development sessions will focus on how businesses can strengthen their economic well-being as the nation begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Although programming will focus on small businesses, NEI Washington will include vital advice and instruction for enterprises of all sizes. Businesses nationwide are encouraged to attend virtually and take part in this premier business development training. NEI Washington is funded by a grant from the United States Small Business Administration. Here are just some of the presentations you can expect at NEI Washington:
Strategic Innovation and Business Design
Digital Marketplace and Social Media Strategy
Fostering Workplace Culture
Post-Pandemic Business Diversification
“We’re excited to make our way to the Pacific Northwest for Native Edge Institute Washington,” said National Center President and CEO, Chris James. “Over the past year, Native-owned businesses have faced – and overcome – many pandemic-related challenges. The National Center has been honored to share their stories and provide them assistance on their business journeys. This knowledge and experience will be at the forefront of NEI Washington, as well as how businesses in our community can begin to plan for the future. We hope to see you—virtually or in-person—in April to learn more about your businesses and how we can help you succeed.”
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.
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