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National Center’s Summer Native Edge Institutes Moves to Phoenix Upcoming Native Edge Institute will feature new expert speakers

Phoenix, AZ — Today, The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (The National Center) announced Native Edge Institute (NEI) Phoenix: ‘Building Economically Resilient Businesses.’ Taking place virtually on Monday, July 27, NEI Phoenix is available at no cost to all who register and is funded in part through a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation. NEIs are one-day, in-person or 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, to go along with one-on-one business counseling/coaching and matchmaking services. Access to the National Center’s unique N2N (Native to Native) business network will be made available to all attendees, 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 our featured speakers who will be broadcasting live from NEI Phoenix:

Mignonne Hollis, Executive Director, Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation, Kelly Fryer, President, Kelly Fryer & Associates LLC

Shivani Dubey, Arizona District Deputy Director, Small Business Administration   Ruth Soberanes, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service,

Terry Benelli Executive Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation Paul Brierley, Executive Director, University of Arizona, Paul Brierley, Andrew W. Gordon, Arizona Market President, Arizona Multibank, a Division of Peter B. Ford, Partner, PilieroMazza Meghan F. Leemon, Associate, PilieroMazza

Joan Begay Notah, Senior Procurement Specialist – Navajo Nation

“The National Center is excited to bring our Native Edge Institutes to Phoenix to continue our top-notch business trainings virtually,” said National Center President and CEO Chris James, “This upcoming event continues our series of NEIs focused on resiliency during tumultuous times. The speakers we’ve gathered for NEI Phoenix have been carefully selected to provide trainings for business owners of all stripes as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic; the established business looking to get into e-commerce, the startup in its early stages, and the businesses that just want to learn more about the new business landscape. We hope that you’ll join us—virtually—for  high-caliber networking, expert speakers, government contracting pros, and the small business know-how to help you succeed.” NEI Phoenix is the fifth in The National Center’s summer series of virtual Native Edge Institutes: ‘Building Economically Resilient Businesses.’ Can’t tune in for NEI Phoenix? Sign up for NEI Anchorage on July 22 here, or re-watch NEI Spokane and NEI Connecticut from earlier this summer. Make sure to check the National Center’s website as we add more NEIs to our calendar. The National Center will soon announce additional NEIs that will take place throughout Fall 2020. NEI Phoenix Agenda: Option A-Morning Session 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM MDT:


  • 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: COVID-19 Recovery: Opportunities to Incorporate Economic Resilience into Economic Planning Efforts

  • 10:00 AM – 10: 45 AM: Fueling Small Business Opportunities: Harnessing Economic Strengths, Assets and Agriculture in the Southwest Economic Region

  • 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM: Access to Capital: Focused on Small Business Entrepreneurs and Agriculture, Seed Capital, Angel Investors, Venture Capital. and Growth Equity

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM: Break Option B-Afternoon session 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM MDT:


  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Engaging With Your Chamber of Commerce and how They can Assist Your Organization During COVID-19

  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Overview of Small Business Federal Contracting, Set-Aside Programs, Updates, New Rules & Regulations

  • 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM: Procurement Technical Assistance Center: How They can Help Your Business Grow

  • 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM: What’s Next? Future Business Policy Issues to be Aware of in 2020 & 2021

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