MILWAUKEE, WI– The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (National Center) will announce award and scholarship winners during its upcoming Reservation Economic Summit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (RES Wisconsin). The Indian Progress in Business (INPRO) awards gala includes presentation of prestigious Business Leadership Awards, American Indian Business Scholarship Awards, the University of Phoenix Scholarship, and the annual “Native American 40 under 40″ awards.

The gala is taking place on October 8 during RES Wisconsin, which brings together tribal leaders, elected officials, top CEOs, established or aspiring Native American business owners, and many more to learn, brainstorm, collaborate, and network in an innovative and motivational atmosphere. The deadline to apply for the scholarships and “40 under 40” awards is Friday, September 5.

“We are very excited to announce our annual business, ‘Native American 40 Under 40,’ and scholarship awards at our upcoming RES Wisconsin,” said National Center President and CEO Gary Davis. “By honoring current entrepreneurs and preparing future business leaders, our award and scholarship programs are another great way in which the National Center is boosting business development in Indian Country. We look forward to congratulating our deserving recipients in a few short weeks.”

The Forest County Potawatomi Foundation and Forest County Potawatomi Tribe are the sponsoring partners of RES Wisconsin, which is being held at the recently-completed Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee. More information about RES Wisconsin, including registration, can be found on the National Center’s website at

The INPRO Awards Gala is the oldest and most prestigious Native American recognition event acknowledging accomplishments and contributions made by American Indians and those who support their economic and business development endeavors. Highlights of the awards banquet include the presentation of Business Leadership Awards, and the annual “Native American 40 under 40″ awards.

The American Indian Business Scholarship Awards will be presented at the National Center Scholarship Awards Luncheon on October 8. More information about the business awards, including information about the “40 under 40” nomination process that ends on September 5, can be found here. Information about the scholarship program, including the application due September 5, can be found here.

About the National Center: The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) 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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