Stephine Poston Named as 2017 Native Woman Business Owner of the Year

MESA, AZ – Stephine Poston will be honored as the 2017 “Native Woman Business Owner of the Year” as a part of this year’s National Reservation Economic Summit (National RES) hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. The National Center will recognize several Native American business leaders and those who have made significant contributions to advancing economic development in Indian Country during this year’s National RES. The award winners span businesses large and small, and award categories include tribal leadership, gaming, women-owned business, volunteers, and public advocacy. Stephine Poston is the President and CEO of Bernalillo, New Mexico-based Poston and Associates, a Native American-owned full service communications and public relations firm for Native American entities.

The awards are part of the 31st Annual National RES, taking place at the Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada from March 13-16. National RES is the largest economic development gathering in Indian Country, bringing together over 4,000 Native American leaders, businesses and business owners, subject-matter experts, government officials, and others.

Ms. Poston founded Poston and Associates in 2002. Poston and Associates’ client list includes the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department, National Indian Gaming Association, and the Native American Rights Fund, among others. She has previously worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Arizona and New Mexico as a Public Affairs Officer, and was a Public Relations Analyst for her tribe, the Pueblo of Sandia. Ms. Poston is the co-author of the recently-released Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs in New Mexico: Surpassing Barriers and Stereotypes, and was was named a 2016 Women of Influence honoree by Albuquerque Business First. You can learn more about Poston and Associates at

“Stephine Poston has a strong track record of working for and on behalf of Native American businesses, and is a very deserving recipient of the Native Woman Business Owner of the Year Award,” said Chris James, the National Center’s President and CEO. “She sets an example for other business leaders – and particularly women – to follow. We are very pleased to be able to honor her with this award.”

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About The National Center: The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 40 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development – we have evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation. Our motto is: “We Mean Business For Indian Country” as we are 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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