Event will bring together Indian Country with virtual and in-person options available
November 13, 2020 MESA, AZ — The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) will host the 35th annual Reservation Economic Summit (RES) from March 15-17, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. RES is returning to the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino for the largest and longest running national American Indian business event in the nation. RES 2021, focused on resiliency and reinvention for American Indian enterprises, will take place in a hybrid format with a live in-person and live virtual experience available to attendees to ensure social distancing and the safety, comfort, and well-being of attendees. The National Center will be following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local health guidelines for in-person attendees. RES is the event to attend for high-caliber networking, winning teaming opportunities, business development sessions, and one-on-one consulting all centered around the American Indian Enterprise.
“In this past year, Native businesses and entrepreneurs have faced difficulties and circumstances unlike anything before,” said National Center CEO and President Chris James, “While it’s been difficult, The National Center has seen firsthand the countless examples of resiliency and reinvention throughout Indian Country. Native businesses turned on a dime to produce PPE and hand sanitizer, changed entire business models in order to adapt to a new digital work-world, and found creative ways to stay in business and weather the storm. We hope that RES 2021 will serve as a catalyst for new partnerships, new business opportunities, and new relationships that will help Native businesses grow, develop, and thrive in this new business environment. We can’t wait to see you, virtually or in-person, and create new avenues to economic development in Indian Country.” Each day of RES 2021 will feature traditional programming, breakout sessions, Native Edge Institutes, and SBA training. There will also be unique tracks for Agriculture, Economic Development, Finance, Natural Resources, Procurement, and Workforce Development. RES will feature subject matter experts and leaders across diverse fields including e-commerce, taxation, Federal contracting procurement, accessing capital, women in business, STEM, agriculture, health care, the Small Business Administration’s programs for minority and economically disadvantaged businesses, and more.
The popular RES Talks will continue this year, featuring short presentations from Indigenous business leaders of all stripes, as well as the Student Business Plan Competition hosted by American Indigenous Business Leaders (AIBL). The Student Business Plan Competition simulates the real-world process of seeking start-up funds for competing teams in a high school and college division. Native art and hand-made goods will be showcased at RES with the American Indian Artisan Market. This is a unique opportunity for Native American artisans and creators to sell and introduce their product and companies to thousands of Indian Country customers. Spots are limited, so reserve an Artisan Market booth fast. RES 2021 will continue the largest Native American Business Trade Show, giving vendors and attendees the chance to forge new business relationships and find new economic opportunity. Attendees can also build those new relationships in the Buy Native Procurement Matchmaking Expo with the opportunity to meet with representatives from large corporations, including Fortune 500 companies. For more information about RES 2021, including how to register and lodging, click here.
About the National Center: The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 50 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development – The National Center has evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation serving over 500 clients and providing over $4 million in contracts to its clients. The National Center has nine offices throughout the nation with its home office located in Mesa, Arizona. The National Center is actively engaged in helping Tribal Nations and Native business people realize their business goals and are dedicated to putting the whole of Indian Country to work to better the lives of American Indian people - both now...and for generations to come.
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