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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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National Tribal Energy Summit - Sept. 23–25, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

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 Center President and CEO Gary Davis to Offer Perspective on Future of Indian Business at MBDA Stakeholder Summit

Summit takes place as the National Center prepares to host leading Native American business event and launch interactive new business development platform WASHINGTON, DC – Joined by high level administration officials, business and civic leaders, academics, and others, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (National Center) President and CEO Gary Davis will participate in today’s Minority Business Development Agency’s stakeholder summit in Washington, DC. Entitled “Elevate the Narrative and Direction of Minority Businesses as a National Economic Priority,” the summit seeks to raise the level of awareness and discussion on issues related to minority business enterprises (MBE) and to drive growth and global competitiveness for the nation’s MBE community. Davis will be speaking on the future of minority business landscape and emerging opportunities. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker delivered opening remarks at the summit. The summit is taking place less than two weeks from the National Center’s signature event – the National Reservation Economic Summit (National RES) in Las Vegas. From March 9th-12th, National RES will feature unparalleled access to respected tribal leaders, federal agency representatives, elected officials, and top CEOs. Attendees will benefit from high caliber networking opportunities, business development sessions, a business tradeshow and expo, American Indian Artisan Market, procurement sessions, business matchmaking, and much more. National RES will also feature the official launch of the National Center’s Native Edge. The Native Edge is a 24/7 online business training, networking, employment, and development ecosystem designed to give Indian Country the edge in business. It will be a platform not only for Indian-owned businesses, but students, teachers, large corporations, and government procurement specialists as well. “The... read more

They will be at National RES Las Vegas to connect with Indian Country!

RES: Designed to create opportunities and growth for your business. Click Here To Register & Save Today! Attend and Meet The Following Companies: A3 Limited Akana AMES1 Bear Claw Construction Bellmard PLLC Beyond Buckskin BIGE Blue Star Studio Inc. DDC IT Services, LLC Eagle Opportunity Eleventh Lake Advisors LLC Fort Peck Tech Services, Inc. Four Horse Developments Ltd. Furniture Marketing Group GECHO Group Inc Grace Management, Inc. Greenfire Management Services, LLC. iina ba, Inc. Indigenous Indigenous Technology Solutions Joint Mission Essential Training Solutions Momentum Procurement Group Moyer Construction INC. Muskogee Technology Native American Bank, NA Native Assets Accounting Native Hawaiian Veterans, LLC Native Public Media Outback Global Australia Pacifica Tinaax, LLC- Business and Real Estate Consultants Red Earth Management Red Hummingbird Media Corporation Redbridge, Inc. Sandstone Public Relations Southern Cheifs’ Organization Tinhorn Consulting TRADITIONAL EAGLE SOLUTIONS, LLC Tribal Shield Insurance TWCC UTTC Visions, Inc. WampWorx Weeminuche Construction Authority AFMS, Inc Ambulatory Integration Concepts, LLC American Water Apple Inc. APS AVI RISK MANAGEMENT & INSURANCE BROKERS Baker Tilly Black & Veatch BNSF Railway Co Clean Harbors / Safety-Kleen Crowe & Dunlevy Dell Services Federal Government Fannie Mae FortisBC Garvey Schubert Barer GCI, Inc. General Communication Inc (GCI) Hnedak Bobo Group, Inc. IBC–Sacred Power IBM iForward Solutions Kira Inc. KOO CONSTRUCTION Korsmo Construction Kuhlmann Design Group, Inc. Merchmanager MUFG Union Bank N.A. Northrop Grumman Corporation Pearson Law Offices P.S. PNC Bank, N.A. Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems SAM Medical Skyline Ultd Inc TransCanada Trevino and Associates Van Ness Feldman LLP W.W. Grainger, Inc. Yates Construction Cherokee Nation Businesses Env. & Construction Portfolio Cherokee Nation Industries, LLC Cherokee Nation Office Solutions Spokane Tribe... read more

Workshops Help Navajo Nation Businesses Survive Contract Process

BY KRISTI EATON / INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY MEDIA NETWORK / 11 February 2015 Click Here to view full post on Indian Country Today As president of iiná bá, Inc, a Native American-owned environmental consulting firm, Duane Aspaas says he is always look for tips, training and education for his staff of nearly 20 to stay competitive. Marketing and administrative staff from iiná bá, Inc., recently attended a workshop hosted by The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development to learn about the proposal and request-for-proposal process that goes into obtaining high-level contracts in Indian country. Afterward, Aspaas and his business were selected by the Navajo Gaming and EPA for contracts. “Often times when preparing a proposal, it is easiest to use some stock company marketing materials and qualifications language,” he said. “I like to think we’ve been selected by the Navajo Gaming and EPA because the presentation of our proposal was very professional and was organized to highlight our qualifications to meet their specific project requirements.” That’s exactly what the people behind NCAIED want to hear. The organization was started to develop American Indian economic self-sufficiency through business ownership. Originally started back in 1969 in Los Angeles as a grassroots movement, it was known as the Urban Indian Development Association. The seven American Indian leaders who started it believed economic empowerment could help improve conditions for Native Americans through partnerships between government, the private sector and Indian country. The Urban Indian Development Association transitioned to The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, or NCAIED, in the late 1980s. The company also relocated from California to Mesa, Arizona, according to Cyndi Jarvison, senior procurement specialist for The National Center... read more

Leading Native American Business Event to Return to Las Vegas, March 9th-12th

National Reservation Economic Summit (RES), presented by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, to take place at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino 30 JANUARY 2015 Las Vegas, NV —The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (National Center) will host its National Reservation Economic Summit (National RES) from March 9th – 12th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. National RES is another multifaceted event from the National Center, which will feature unparalleled access to respected tribal leaders, federal agency representatives, elected officials, and top CEOs. Attendees will benefit from high caliber networking opportunities, business development sessions, a business tradeshow and expo, American Indian Artisan Market, procurement sessions, business matchmaking, and much more. The National Center is now in its fifth decade, and National RES is the country’s leading Native American business event. “While our regional RES events have been tremendous successes, we are looking forward to once again returning to Las Vegas for our signature national event,” said National Center President and CEO Gary Davis. “National RES 2015 will connect Indian Country to business opportunities across many different sectors and fields. We will host business leaders, tribal representatives, and many others from across the U.S. in Las Vegas in a few weeks.” The event kicks off with a scholarship golf tournament on Monday, March 9th. The opening day will feature a business boot camp, covering such topics as access to capital, communications, accounting, workforce development, and others. Monday also features the “Buy Native Procurement Expo” powered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. National RES will place a heavy focus on energy, and high-level officials within... read more

National Center President and CEO Gary Davis to Testify at First Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hearing of 114th Congress

Davis is among five witnesses who will discuss Indian Country priorities for the 114th Congress 28 JANUARY 2015 WASHINGTON, DC – National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) President and CEO Gary Davis will testify at the Senate Indian Affairs Committee’s first hearing of the 114th Congress this afternoon on Capitol Hill. The hearing, entitled “Indian Country Priorities for the 114th Congress,” will also feature representatives from the National Congress of American Indians, National Indian Education Association, and the National Indian Health Board. Mr. Davis testified at a similar hearing last June during the National Center’s Reservation Economic Summit (RES) in DC, and the Indian Affairs Committee held a listening session at RES Wisconsin in October. “There are many challenges in Indian Country, but also many opportunities,” said Davis. “It’s an honor to be able to share our experiences with the distinguished members of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. As the National Center is proving, Indian Country is creating its own business opportunities, but there are ways in which the federal government can be a better partner. I look forward to continuing to work with the Senators and their staffs as they work to implement these important provisions.” Some of the items Mr. Davis will discuss in his testimony include: Fully implementing and enforcing the Buy Indian Act, including increasing procurement awards by 10%. Enhancing and elevating the Office of Native American Affairs within the Department of Commerce and Small Business Administration. Increasing funding for relevant Native American offices within the Departments of the Interior, Treasury, Commerce, and other agencies. Achieving parity, through appropriate legislation, in Trust... read more

Book Your Room at Mandalay Bay by 2/11/15 for a Chance to Win a 2 Night VIP Stay

Book Your Room At Mandalay Bay By Feb. 11th For A Chance to Win A Two Night VIP Stay! Experience A Complimentary 3 Day, 2 Night Stay in a Deluxe Room At Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino including the following: Round Trip Limousine Transfer Dinner for two inside Mandalay Bay ($250 Limit) – HOW TO ENTER – Register for National RES Las Vegas 2015 AND Book A Room at Mandalay Bay By 2/11/15 That’s It! Now You’ve Entered! Drawing Will Be Held On Thursday, February 12,... read more

National Center’s PTAC Facilitates High-Level Government Contracting Training Session for Navajo Nation

Training focuses on specialized Department of Defense accounting training 4 DECEMBER 2014  MESA, AZ – Today, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) hosted a specialized Defense accounting training for the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Arizona. The session will focus on accounting compliance to ensure potential contractors meet the guidelines and requirements for the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA). The session is entitled “DCAA Compliance Beyond the Basics Boot Camp.” “The opportunities created through the specialized defense accounting training are tremendous,” said National Center President and CEO Gary Davis. “The National Center’s PTAC was proud to provide this advance training to the Navajo Nation, and look forward to working with other tribes in the future to bring business opportunities to Indian Country.” Today’s session is a follow-up from an introductory course hosted last month, which was the first of its kind to occur on-site at the Navajo Nation. The session will include an overview of DCAA requirements, and focus on accounting systems, payroll and labor distribution systems, monthly requirements, internal controls and policies, and financial capability. “The National Center’s PTAC is excited to provide these trainings to the Navajo Nation,” said George Williams, Program Manager for the National Center’s PTAC. “We look forward to collaborating with other tribal entities to ensure they are put in a strong position to win government contracts.” The National Center’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center 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 and large prime contractors. Assistance extends to all Native American... read more

Energy Department Announces New Minorities in Energy Industry Partner Network

ENERGY.GOV / 18 NOVEMBER 2014 WASHINGTON – At a forum marking the first anniversary of its Minorities in Energy Initiative (MIE), the Energy Department today announced the launch of its new Industry Partners Network. The network is comprised of energy-focused companies and trade associations joined by a common mission to increase engagement of minority and tribal communities in the energy sector through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, workforce development, energy economic development and climate change policy and awareness. Industry partners have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with DOE agreeing to contribute toward making measurable advancements in these areas. “The Minorities in Energy Initiative seeks to inspire underrepresented Americans to pursue careers in energy – and support their advancement into leadership positions,” said Secretary Moniz. “Careers in energy are providing an important pathway for economic mobility, as President Obama says, a ladder of opportunity for those who want to pursue the American Dream. That is why I am committed to promoting diversity and inclusion at the Department of Energy and to working with our new Industry Partner Network to promote diversity in the entire energy sector. It is critical for developing American talent and strengthening our economy and our society.” Secretary Moniz, recognizing the opportunity to involve all of America’s diverse communities in the fast-growing energy field, launched the Minorities in Energy Initiative last year to engage more minorities in energy through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, energy economic development and climate change policy. In its first year, the MIE recruited nearly 40 Minorities in Energy Ambassadors and Champions, senior leaders from industry, government, academia, and nonprofits who... read more

National Native American Heritage Month

BUSINESS USA / 17 NOVEMBER 2014 Almost 100 years ago, Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, began his mission to establish a nationally recognized day to honor Native Americans. The federal government didn’t take action until 1983, when President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 13 as American Indian Day. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a joint congressional resolution designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month. It is now called National Native American Heritage Month. Contributions from Native Americans span everything from arts and literature, to business, as evidenced by the fact there are roughly 236,000 Native American-owned businesses, which collectively generate $35 billion in economic activity annually. If you are an American Indian or Alaska Native or a tribal-owned enterprise, here are some government resources to help you begin or grow your... read more

National Center Signs MOU with Dept. of Energy to Increase Native American Engagement in the Energy Sector

MOU part of ongoing efforts by the National Center to increase business opportunities for Indian Country WASHINGTON, DC – The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Energy (DOE) to be a partner in its Minorities in Energy (MIE) Initiative. The National Center will now be included in MIE’s Industry Partner Engagement Network, where it will work to strengthen and expand innovation in energy-specific economic development and workforce development/STEM education. The MOU requires both entities to participate in each other’s conferences, workshops, and other events. “The National Center is very excited to officially partner with the Department of Energy in its groundbreaking Minorities in Energy Initiative,” said Gary Davis, President and CEO of the National Center. “Our economic future will be powered by the investments made in the energy sector, and I am very pleased that the Department of Energy recognizes the importance of minorities, and in particular, the Native American community, in creating innovative public and private partnerships. I look forward to a long and mutually-beneficial relationship between the National Center and the DOE.” The MOU was announced this week while DOE hosted an event entitled “Minorities in Energy – Year One.” The event gathered MIE ambassadors and high ranking representatives from the Administration and the private sector to examine the progress of the first year of the MIE Initiative. In addition to Mr. Davis, National Center Board Chairman Derrick Watchman and National Center Board Member Michelle Holiday, who is a MIE ambassador, are also participating in the event. The past months have been busy... read more
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