National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development and United National Indian Tribal Youth to help guide young entrepreneurs through joint programming

October 15, 2015

MESA, AZ – In a major effort to support and provide guidance to a new generation of young Native American and Alaska Native entrepreneurs, two nationally recognized organizations are partnering to create youth-oriented entrepreneurial education, and offer ongoing resources for Native youth. The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) and United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) will collaborate to tie-in training and workshop components to their respective – and successful – annual gatherings, including Reservation Economic Summits (RES) and the UNITY Midyear and National conferences.

The collaboration will begin at RES New Mexico at the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Santa Fe, with the Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (YES). YES is designed for Native American high school and college-aged students interested in business and entrepreneurship to hone their skills and learn more about what it takes to become successful in business.

“It makes perfect sense for UNITY to collaborate with the National Center on this endeavor, to support our youth and their entrepreneurial visions,” said Mary Kim Titla, Executive Director for UNITY. “As UNITY enters its 40th anniversary of providing youth leadership development and the National Center creating significant economic development opportunities and support in Indian country for over 40 years, we have the right mix of experience and expertise to be of great resource for and contribute to the future success of Native businesses.”

“YES is the start of a more formal and expansive relationship between NCAIED and UNITY, and we look forward to a fantastic and informative Youth Entrepreneurship Summit,” said Gary Davis, President and CEO of NCAIED. “Through business and entrepreneurship, Native American youth have the power to determine and transform their own destinies. We hope our partnership with UNITY will lead not only to a successful event at RES New Mexico, but other youth-oriented events and programs in the future.”

Native youth wishing to attend YES can register for free by clicking here. YES is being powered by Facebook and participants will hear from accomplished American Indian entrepreneurs and nationally known speakers about the strategies, skills, and paths that helped them reach their business dreams.

About UNITY: Established in 1976, UNITY — United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. — is the oldest and largest Native youth network in the country, promoting personal development, citizenship and leadership among tribal youth. UNITY is composed of 155 affiliated youth councils in 35 states, sponsored by tribes, Alaska Native villages, high schools, colleges, and urban Native centers.

About NCAIED: 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.

CONTACT: Lewis Lowe, 202-333-2234

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