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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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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 2015 Yields New Opportunities, New Events, and Lasting Business Relationships

Our 29th Reservation Economic Summit (RES) was certainly one to remember, marked with new events, new partners, new topics, and most importantly: new and lasting business relationships. We will certainly use what we learned at National RES to grow and expand future RES events, and stay on the cutting edge of business development in Indian Country. Perhaps the aspect of the conference that stood out to me most was our new events – and just how packed they were. We kicked off Monday with a Business Boot Camp, designed to give Indian entrepreneurs the training and information they need to launch or grow their business. The opening session also featured the Buy Native Procurement Expo, which was done in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Though we are just a few weeks removed from RES, we have already heard from attendees who were able to secure contracts as a result of the expo. Check out our success stories section for examples of how RES can help grow your business. For the first time, we hosted an Interactive Access to Capital Fair, which gave RES attendees a chance to discuss their potential projects with major financial institutions such as Wells Fargo, PNC, Native American Bank, Key Bank, and others. And in what’s become a major topic in Indian Country, we hosted a panel on the recent Department of Justice Memorandum on growing marijuana on tribal lands – a topic that we will continue to discuss in the coming months. Indeed, the session attracted the attention of none other than CNBC. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the strong... read more

The National Center honors those who have contributed to advancing business in Indian Country

As a part of this year’s National RES, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development honored Native American business leaders and those who have made significant contributions to advancing economic development in Indian Country. The award winners spanned businesses large and small, and also included categories for tribal leadership, gaming, women-owned business, volunteers, and public advocates. We are proud of all of our winners and look forward to their continued contributions to Indian Country. Below is a list of winners. Corporate Advocate of the Year: Comcast NBCUniversal American Indian Business of the Year: Gila River Telecommunications Volunteer of the Year: Mabel Tsosie, President of Spottedhorse Infosystems, LLC Tribal Gaming Visionary: Victor Rocha, Owner and Editor of Tim Wapato Public Advocate of the Year: Lance Gumbs, Executive Director of the Native American Financial Services Association Small Business Empowerment Award: Stephen Mills, Founder, President, and CEO of AQIWO, Inc. Native Woman Business Owner of the Year: Victoria Vasques, Owner and President of Tribal Tech, LLC American Indian Leadership Award: George Tiger, Principal Chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of... read more

The National Center Heralds Appointment of Cisco Minthorn as Commerce Secretary’s Senior Advisor for Native American Affairs

The National Center has long advocated for elevating Native American affairs within the Department of Commerce March 26, 2015 WASHINGTON, DC – The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is pleased with the Department of Commerce’s recent decision to name Cisco Minthorn as its Senior Advisor for Native American Affairs. Minthorn has a distinguished career working in public policy, and in particular, on issues important to economic development in Indian Country. The National Center has long advocated for the elevation of an Office of Native American Business Development within the Department, as authorized by Congress nearly 15 years ago. Minthorn’s appointment is an important step in the process of ensuring the Department has the necessary staff and resources to address the unique economic concerns of Indian Country. “We thank the Department of Commerce and Secretary Penny Pritzker for listening to our concerns and appointing Cisco Minthorn as Senior Advisor for Native American Affairs,” said National Center President and CEO Gary Davis. “Cisco has a strong commitment to elevating Native American issues, and his appointment is a step toward codifying a stand-alone Office of Native American Business Development at the Department of Commerce. This office will help fulfill the significant duties of the Secretary to further the business and economic development, trade, and tourism interests of Indian Country – actions for which our organization has long advocated.” In January, Davis testified before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee’s first meeting of the 114th Congress. His testimony specifically called for elevating and adequately funding a stand-alone Office of Native American Business Development within Commerce – an action 15 years overdue and... read more

Creative Entrepreneurial Energy, Smart Economic Development, and Cutting Edge Innovation at the Reservation Economic Summit

BY JAVIER SAADE / SBA OFFICIAL / 12 March 2015 Click Here to view original post on SBA.GOV/BLOGS Click Here to view post on WHITEHOUSE.GOV/NATIVEAMERICANS/BLOG Editor’s Note: This blog is from Associate Administrator, Office of Investment and Innovation Javier Saade and Assistant Administrator, Office of Native American Affairs Christopher James. In my position at the U.S. Small Business Administration, I have the honor of serving the American people and enjoy meeting thousands of individuals around the United States on an annual basis. I am fortunate to work for a President and an SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, who both have as a pillar of their domestic agenda making our collective and individual prosperity more broadly shared. Principally this means promoting accessibility in every sense of the word in every field of endeavor, geography, affinity, and focus. Our economic engine is fueled by entrepreneurial drive, individual ambition, creativity and broad economic participation. With that backdrop provided, I wish to share my experience this week at the National Reservation Economic Summit (RES) in Las Vegas. Along with my colleagues Chris James and John Shoraka, we discussed economic and small business issues with tribal leaders and Native American-owned small businesses. We emphasized our commitment to providing tools and resources to our American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian communities through business development, entrepreneurial development, lending, and procurement programs. We also launched the American Supplier Initiative which facilitated over 400 meetings between small business owners and federal/private company buyers during our first event held March 9, 2015, which was held at the conference. In addition to participating on a panel discussing access to capital, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to keynote... read more

Comcast NBCUniversal Named 2015 Corporate Advocate of the Year by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development

Comcast NBCUniversal recognized for a commitment to growing business opportunities for American Indian companies March 11, 2015 LAS VEGAS, NV – Native American businesses and business leaders from across the country will be recognized for their profound contributions to Indian Country at this year’s National Reservation Economic Summit (National RES) in Las Vegas, hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center). The prestigious “Corporate Advocate of the Year” is awarded annually to a company that has displayed a strong commitment to growing business opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native-owned companies and bettering the economy in Indian Country for future generations. The National Center is proud to bestow the 2015 award to Comcast NBCUniversal. The company will be honored along with other award recipients at National RES. “As a corporate partner, Comcast NBCUniversal exemplifies everything that the National Center stands for — a firm devotion to enhancing economic development in Indian Country,” said Gary Davis, President and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. “The corporate advocacy of Comcast NBCUniversal is critically important to improving the economy and creating good jobs in Indian Country, and we have enjoyed our close partnership with the company. Comcast NBCUniversal is very deserving of this award and the National Center is proud to recognize them for their contributions to Indian Country.” Comcast NBCUniversal has long been an ally of Native American communities. Its Joint External Diversity Advisory Council, which was formed in 2011, focuses on implementing and sustaining successful diversity and inclusion practices across the company. Beyond the promotion of diversity within the company, Comcast... read more

Leading Native American Business Event Continues in Las Vegas

The National Reservation Economic Summit is taking place from March 9-12 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Las Vegas, NV — Returning to Las Vegas for the 29th year, this week the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) is hosting its National Reservation Economic Summit (National RES) at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. National RES is a multifaceted event from the National Center featuring unparalleled access to respected tribal leaders, federal agency representatives, elected officials, and top CEOs. This year at National RES, the National Center will officially launch its newest endeavor – the Native Edge, an online business development ecosystem designed to give Indian Country 24/7 access to the tools it needs to succeed in business. “Las Vegas and the Mandalay Bay are great hosts for the leading Native American business event in the country,” said National Center President and CEO Gary Davis. “With several new events and sessions, National RES promises to once again connect Indian Country with business opportunities across many different sectors and fields. One thing is clear: the National Center means business for Indian Country.” For the first time this year, National RES will feature an Interactive Access to Capital Fair with top financial institutions, designed to match Native American entrepreneurs with lenders who can fund their business ideas. In addition, on Monday, the U.S. Small Business Administration hosted a Buy Native Procurement Expo to connect conference participants with procurement opportunities. Other topics that will be covered in the general RES sessions include e-commerce, global trade, agriculture, taxation, telecommunications, agriculture, and legislative activity, including implementation of the Buy Indian... read more
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