MILWAUKEE, WI – Today, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (National Center) officially kicks off its Reservation Economic Summit (RES) Wisconsin at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee. This is the first time a regional RES, which is the leading Native American business event in the country, is taking place in the Great Lakes region. RES 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. In addition to business development seminars and sessions, RES Wisconsin will also feature a Native American business trade show.

“The National Center is very excited to bring RES to Wisconsin,” said Gary Davis, National Center President and CEO. “The Potawatomi Hotel and Casino is the perfect venue for established or aspiring Native American business leaders to share knowledge, network, and learn more about all of the great progress being made in Indian Country. With another fantastic RES event, the National Center truly means business for Indian Country.”

The Forest County Potawatomi Tribe and the Forest County Potawatomi Foundation are the presenting partners for RES Wisconsin. Highlights of the conference include an opening address by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and a listening session on Thursday with top staff from the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. The listening session will give conference attendees a chance to share with the Committee their thoughts on how the federal government can be a better partner with the Native American business community.

Conference sessions will focus on a wide variety of topics, including energy, tourism, contracting, trade, information technology, gaming, telecom, small business, and philanthropy. To learn more about conference sessions, and about RES Wisconsin, please click here.

In addition, the National Center will host its annual Indian Progress in Business (INPRO) awards gala on the night of Wednesday, October 8th, which will honor the recently-announced Native American “40 under 40” and other business award recipients.

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