Native Edge Institute Returns to Oklahoma One-day training to focus on economic diversification

December 21, 2020 Durant, OK — Today, The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (The National Center) announced our first Native Edge Institute (NEI) of the new year: NEI Oklahoma: Strengthening the Economic Diversification of Small Businesses. NEI Oklahoma is taking place on January 28, 2021, and it is funded in part by a grant from the United States Business Small Administration. NEI Oklahoma will take place 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. Additionally, the National Center and our host, Choctaw Casino and Resort, will enforce Centers for Disease Control, state, and local public health guidelines for all in-person attendees. NEI Oklahoma is a one-day business training event that will take place in two sessions, morning and afternoon, on January 28, 2021. Each session will feature unique programming, and attendees are highly encouraged to register for both. Register for Session A, 8:30 AM CST – 12:00 PM CST, here, and Session B, 1:15 PM CST – 3:00 PM CST, here. 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, 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 the presentations you can expect at NEI Oklahoma:

  • Leading Strategic Innovation and Business Design

  • Digital Marketing and Social Media Strategy

  • Sustainable Finance

  • Diversifying Your Business After the Pandemic

“We’re excited to be back in Oklahoma for Native Edge Institute Oklahoma,” said National Center President and CEO, Chris James. The first Native Edge of 2021, NEI Oklahoma, will focus on resiliency and recovery. We hope that you will join us to learn how resiliency can be part of your long-term business planning.

January 27th, 2021

6:00pm Happy Hour Gilley’s @ Choctaw Casino

January 28th, 2021

Location: Choctaw Casino and Resort- 4216 US-69, Durant, OK 74701

Brought to you by The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) and The Small Business Administration

Open to all QUALIFIED 7J Small Business

Strengthening the Economic Diversification of Small Businesses

8:30 AM:

Option A: 8:30- 12:15

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

Chad Marchand, Vice-President, The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development

James Dry- Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Council

9:00 – 10:15AM: Innovative Leadership Fostering a Culture in the Workplace

Learn to leverage tactics to foster a team that will deliver excellent results and create lasting relationships with each other and with your clients. Manage multiple generations in the workplace. Retain intellectual property in your organization, increase retention with employees, and get to know your employees.

Moderator: Tara Koleski- Program Manager NCAIED

Dr. Jeff McGee- CEO Cross Cultural Dynamics

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM: Sustainable Finance: Businesses 1-5 years

This session designed to address the lack of access to capital and financial services in Native American communities. The mission of the CPCDC is to provide access to capital through loan fund support and business development services to Native Americans designed to expand the capacities of small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. The CPCDC Commercial Lending Program has developed non-traditional mechanisms to deliver capital on Indian lands and provide technical assistance and training.

Moderator: Chad Marchand, Vice President NCAIED

James Dry- Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Council

Todd Adams- LiftFund

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Digital Marketing and Social Media Strategy- Leverage Networking

This session provides new outlets to interact with buyers and sellers allowing businesses to extract relevant insights to potential customers. How do companies want to be perceived? Create targeted marketing and a target audience to gain attention and brand businesses in a cost effective manner.

Moderator: Alexandra Rumbaugh- Program Coordinator NCAIED

Erica Kosemund - Senior Director Gaming Brand and Partnerships- Choctaw Casino Resort

11:30 AM-12:15 PM: Leading Strategic Innovation And Business Design

This session will discuss ways the small business owner can learn how to harness and grow their business through networking, leadership and harnessing their economic strengths & assets, consulting from local programs to assist reaching business development goals.

Moderator: Tara Koleski, Program Manager NCAIED

Regina Duran- CEO/ Founder/IRS Enrolled Agent of Duran Accounting Solutions, LLC

David L. Kinsinger- Intellectual Property- Corporate Transactions Attorney and University Lecturer at The University of Oklahoma Price College of Business (Member of Choctaw Nation)

Break: 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Option B: 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM


1:15 PM – 2:00 PM: PTAC and Government Contracting

This session you will learn about how the PTACs provide local, in-person counseling and training services for you, the small business owner. They are designed to provide technical assistance to businesses that want to sell products and services to federal, state, and/or local governments, you will learn about various ways on how to best market yourself and how to get involved with Government Contracting for your small business, the various programs and services will be discussed.

Moderator: George Williams- NCAIED AIPTAC Program Manager

Berbon Hamilton Native American PTAC

2:00 PM - 2:45PM: International Trade- Keep Current on the International Trade and how to Best Market Your Digital Global Brand

This session will focus on new policies for trade and provide companies “how to” information on how to market on a global scale. Global branding vastly increases client base, and ultimately, businesses bottom line. Marketing globally improves the effectiveness, stronger competitive advantage, and will increase customer awareness.

Moderator: Linzee Lejeune, Public Relations Coordinator, NCAIED

Jennifer Burge- CEO Worldwise Coach & Training

Ashley M. Wilson- Federal perspective and programs- U.S. Commercial Service Oklahoma

U.S. Department of Commerce | International Trade Administration

2:45PM–3:15PM: Diversifying your Business After the Pandemic

Learn to evaluate strategic decisions, and understand your organization’s position in your environment. Who are you in your market, what role do you play in your ecosystem, and who are your main competitors? You must also understand where you are headed. Can you shut down your operations and reopen unchanged after the pandemic? Can you regain lost ground?

Moderator: Linzee Lejeune, Public Relations Coordinator, NCAIED

John D. Veal Jr., Deputy District Director SBA OK

NCAIED Contact Information

The National Center Main Office

953 E. Juanita Avenue
Mesa, AZ  85204

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