Summit takes place as the National Center prepares to host leading Native American business event and launch interactive new business development platform

WASHINGTON, DC – Joined by high level administration officials, business and civic leaders, academics, and others, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (National Center) President and CEO Gary Davis will participate in today’s Minority Business Development Agency’s stakeholder summit in Washington, DC. Entitled “Elevate the Narrative and Direction of Minority Businesses as a National Economic Priority,” the summit seeks to raise the level of awareness and discussion on issues related to minority business enterprises (MBE) and to drive growth and global competitiveness for the nation’s MBE community. Davis will be speaking on the future of minority business landscape and emerging opportunities. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker delivered opening remarks at the summit.

The summit is taking place less than two weeks from the National Center’s signature event – the National Reservation Economic Summit (National RES) in Las Vegas. From March 9th-12th, National RES will feature unparalleled access to respected tribal leaders, federal agency representatives, elected officials, and top CEOs. Attendees will benefit from high caliber networking opportunities, business development sessions, a business tradeshow and expo, American Indian Artisan Market, procurement sessions, business matchmaking, and much more.

National RES will also feature the official launch of the National Center’s Native Edge. The Native Edge is a 24/7 online business training, networking, employment, and development ecosystem designed to give Indian Country the edge in business. It will be a platform not only for Indian-owned businesses, but students, teachers, large corporations, and government procurement specialists as well.

“The goals of the Minority Business Development Agency align perfectly with those of the National Center,” said Davis. “For over 40 years, the National Center has sought to create more business opportunities for Indian County, and elevate Indian entrepreneurship at a national level. I’m proud to share our accomplishments with the distinguished guests at today’s summit. I’m excited about what the future holds for American Indian enterprise development and how the National Center can continue to play an important role in bettering the economic future of Indian Country through events like RES and interactive programs like the Native Edge.”

More information about National RES and the Native Edge can be found on the National Center’s website at

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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