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Reservation Economic Summit Santa Fe (RES N.M.) November 16th – 19th, 2015

The Reservation Economic Summit (RES) events are an integral part of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s ongoing commitment to the Native American Business Community. The RES events provide unparalleled access to respected tribal leaders, members of congress, federal agency representatives, state and local elected officials and top CEO’s on both a regional and national platform.

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The host hotel for RES N.M. is the fabulous Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino in Santa Fe.

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Tradeshow Info

For Exhibitors, Booth Registration, Conference Attendance and Artisan Fair

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Additional NCAIED Programs And Services

Native Edge

The Native Edge is an unprecedented online business training, networking, employment and development ecosystem built to give Indian Country the “Edge” in all aspects of business.

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National Resource Council

The National Center’s National Resource Council is expanding the American Indian private sector and is growing, both domestic and international, economic opportunities for Indian country. Our National Resource Council is committed to advancing business within Indian Country.

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The National Center’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) provides professional business consulting services and technical assistance to Native American-owned businesses regarding marketing and selling to the Federal, state, local and tribal governments.

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The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development hosts many national and regional events as well as several scholarship and awards galas. Our media section showcases photos and videos from these various events. A great way to get acquainted with the NCAIED family.

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Global Trade

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s (NCAIED) Native American Global Trade Center (NAGTC) is a consortium of top-level business visionaries and innovators who are furthering economic development

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NCAIED Scholarships

The National Center for American Indian Economic Development takes great pride in providing scholarship awards to deserving and outstanding Native American community leaders. Our scholarship programs are an annual process requiring applicants to meet specific requirements and criteria to enter.

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National RES Las Vegas 2014 Highlights

The theme of National RES 2014 was, “Honoring Our Past…Defining Our Future”. It was woven into every aspect of our event. The mounds of Cahokia, which was the largest and most influential urban settlement in the Mississippian culture which developed advanced societies across much of what is now the Southeastern United States, were recreated and brought alive at National RES to remind attendees that, as Indigenous people, business is not new to Indian Country. Entrepreneurship is not new to Indian Country. National RES Las Vegas 2014 was our most well attended National RES in recent years. The hallways were filled and bustling, the breakout sessions were consistently filled to capacity, our networking events were and our tradeshow was abuzz with constant conversation and networking! One particular aspect of National RES that I appreciated, and which dozens of attendees pointed out to me time and again, was how positive and energetic they felt the atmosphere was; and how good it felt to do business at National RES. Therefore, it is no surprise that the post event business success stories from attendees continue to come in! We are very pleased that many great business opportunities were created during the four days of our event! You can read a few of the letters we have received from attendees, in the PTAC section of this month’s newsletter. Would you like to share your companies RES success story? Well, we would love to hear it! So, send it to us today at and we will share it with the world! National RES was a great success! However, we are always looking for the ways... read more

Officials: Investors often overlook Indian Country development opportunities

BY JULIANNE DEFILIPPIS / CRONKITE NEWS / 25 JUN 2014 PHOTOS BY JULIANNE DEFILIPPIS Click Here to view full post on Cronkite News WASHINGTON – A Mesa executive told a Senate panel Wednesday that there is plenty of opportunity for economic development in Indian Country, but not enough investment to make it happen. Gary Davis, president and CEO of the Mesa-based National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, was one of several witnesses at a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on the importance of encouraging investment on tribal lands. Davis said his organization’s efforts to help tribal businesses and economies “are oftentimes frustrated by federal programs that provide too few dollars and too many rigid operating and private matching-fund requirements.” Other panelists agreed that access to financing is key to boosting economic development in Indian Country. “Native communities all across the nation continue to face extraordinary economic challenges that limit access to capital,” said Dennis Nolan, acting director of the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund. Nolan said a 2001 survey by the fund found this poor access to be one of the key reasons for the lack of economic opportunity in native communities. The federal fund is supposed to help reverse that trend, by investing in nongovernmental entities so they can serve low-income communities that lack access to affordable financial services. But the CDFI Fund itself came in for a fair amount of criticism Wednesday from other witnesses and lawmakers. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and chairman of the committee, pointed out that none of the current 68 Native CFDIs have been awarded program funds in the last two years. Nolan attributed that to both a lack... read more

PTAC’s success from National RES Las Vegas 2014

Letters of Success from National RES Las Vegas 2014: Hi George,A large Aerospace Prime Contractor stopped by our booth several times, and then followed up with a bid opportunity for a new machining project.  On Monday of this week, staff of the large Aerospace Prime Contractor notified us that we had won the bid and we are now beginning the manufacturing of prototypes for a new product. Our new business, Bear Clan Products, got off to an excellent start at the RES expo with lots of interest and expo attendees stopping by for samples of the wild berry jams and jellies.  Also, several other Native American food businesses whom we met at the RES expo are willing to allow us to include their items in our food brochures, web site, and at future expos.  The RES-2014 was a great kick-off for introducing our new Native American products company.  We have received several orders for products from the RES expo and we will be expanding both product line and marketing efforts during future months. Thanks George, for all your help.Andy Wells Sr., of Wells Technology, Inc. Hi Kathleen, I am so glad that you have contacted me. As well as providing some feedback, I would to express my experience at the RES. To begin with I wanted to share with you, the spiritual experience that that my brother and I had during the opening ceremony. We had been listening quite intently during the ceremony, receiving the understanding of how spiritual and motivated our people are, while also being encouraged to move forward in life.  As the ceremony moved off stage down the aisle... read more

Thank You to our Sponsors

The NCAIED would like to thank our sponsors for their generosity towards the National RES Las Vegas event March 17-20, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Resort. The National Reservation Economic Summit (National RES), NCAIED’s signature event, is the largest and longest running American Indian business expo in the nation. It is also the NCAIED’s annual fundraising effort, helping to support its various programs and to expand economic opportunities throughout Indian Country. Email us today to find out how you can become a sponsor at the largest economic development event in Indian Country in the future and how to become a sponsor for our next event RES D.C. held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C. June 24th – 26th 2014 For RES D.C. Sponsorship, Marketing or Advertising Information, please... read more

High-Spirited, Packed-House RES Kicks Off in Vegas

Courtesy of  Indian Country Today Gale Courey Toensing 3/19/14 The 2014 National Reservation Summit kicked off in high spirits in Las Vegas on March 18 with a morning full of inspiring speakers, award ceremonies, singers, dancers and drummers. The 28th annual National Reservation Economic Summit—RES, for short—is taking place at the Mandalay Bay Hotel Convention Center in Las Vegas, March 17-20. While final attendance numbers weren’t available, it looked like a full house gathered in one of the center’s enormous ballrooms for the official opening of the event (forums on various topics were held the previous day). The day began with a blessing by Benny Tso, chairman of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe on whose traditional territory the summit is taking place. The RES event is hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED), a 45-yer-old nonprofit organization whose overall mission is to help develop and expand both tribal and individual American Indian businesses in the private sector and foster relationships between Indian enterprises and private industry. The National RES has adopted the Cahokia Mounds located in what is now known as the state of Illinois for its theme and guiding inspiration. Cahokia was a city of 10,000-20,000 from around 1050-1200 C.E. and a bustling center of international trade. The goal of RES and the NCAIED is to create a new Cahokia, NCAIED President Gary Davis told the audience: “Our people are not new to business. Our people did business before the Greeks, before the Romans, before the Egyptians. . . And our people knew that our spirituality, our tradition and our culture had to be... read more
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