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Reservation Economic Summit 2021 to Take Place July 19-21, 2021

Premier Native American and Alaska Native economic development summit forging ahead with new partnerships

February 17, 2021

MESA, AZ — The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (The National Center) announced today that the 35th annual Reservation Economic Summit (RES) will be rescheduled for July 19-21, 2021, at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. In addition, The National Center has announced a new partnership with the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and American Indigenous Business Leaders (AIBL) that will allow participants the chance to register for and attend all three events. RES—the largest and longest running national American Indian business event in the nation—joins forces with NIGA and AIBL in the spirit of resiliency and reinvention to support economic development in Indian Country across all industries. More details on registration and lodging can be found below.

The National Center is moving forward with a hybrid format that will include a live in-person and live virtual experience available to 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.

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“We are excited to announce our partnership with the National Indian Gaming Association and American Indian Business Leaders at this year’s Reservation Economic Summit 2021,” said The National Center President and CEO Chris James. “With this new format, attendees can attend three great events focused on economic development in Indian Country. Through resiliency and reinvention, we will bring together leaders from across Indian Country for a unique opportunity to uplift Native-owned businesses. Attendees can expect the same high-caliber networking, educational, and business development opportunities they’ve come to expect at RES – plus access to NIGA’s one-of-a-kind trade show. The National Center, NIGA, and AIBL can’t wait to build new bridges of economic opportunities this summer.”

NIGA’s annual tradeshow and convention serves to deliver new insights and strategies for operators providing them access to industry leaders and cutting-edge trends in order to help them generate new revenues to support their local communities. This goal closely aligns with RES, which features high-caliber networking, business matchmaking, business development sessions, and one-on-one consulting, as well as the partnership with AIBL, which features their Business Plan Competition for High School and College students, all centered around the growth and development of American Indian Enterprise.

We are excited to announce this partnership with the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED), which hosts RES, as well as our new dates and location,” commented Ernie Stevens, Jr., Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association. “It’s more important than ever for Indian Country to unite and come together at the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention and RES as we continue the rebuilding of tribal businesses following the COVID-19 pandemic. Our two great organizations have a long history of coming together to support one another and in this unique year, the joint venture helps coordinate our two shows in one city and allows for the maximum amount of time for our attendees to secure vaccinations and safely travel. We encourage and look forward to seeing our members in Las Vegas.”

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, energy, health care, the Small Business Administration’s programs for minority and economically disadvantaged businesses, and more. Additional details, including a tentative agenda, will be announced in March. 

RES 2021 will also feature the Native American Business Trade Show, giving vendors and attendees the chance to forge new business relationships and find new economic opportunity at the largest gathering of its kind. The popular RES Talks will continue this year, featuring short presentations from Indigenous business leaders from across the country. 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.

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.

“The National Center is looking forward to RES 2021, and forming new economic development opportunities for Indian Country through our partnership with NIGA and AIBL,” said National Center Chairman of the Board Derrick Watchman. “With access to new programming, industries from across Indian Country can take steps to forge their future economic success. We’re also excited that AIBL will be hosting a Student Business Plan competition, preparing our youth to be future business leaders. We hope to see you in Las Vegas later this year.”

Over the weekend prior to RES, AIBL will host the Student Business Plan Competition that simulates the real-world process of seeking start-up funds for competing teams in a high school and college division. For more information, please visit AIBL’s website at https://www.aibl.org/

For more information about RES 2021, including how to register and lodging, click here. Attendees previously registered for the March date should have received information about your registration status. If you have any questions or need to check your registration status, please contact ncaied@eventpower.com.

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 businesspeople 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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