National Reservation Economic Summit, hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, taking place at the Mirage from March 21-24

March 21, 2016

LAS VEGAS – Celebrating its 30th Year, the National Reservation Economic Summit (National RES) opened today at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (National Center), National RES is the largest economic development gathering in Indian Country, with well over 3,000 attendees from across the United States and abroad. The conference features Native American business and tribal leaders, representatives from corporate America, government officials, accomplished entrepreneurs and business owners, and those hoping to jumpstart their business dreams. The conference, which will take place through Thursday, is expected to be the largest National RES event to date.

“National RES has grown tremendously over the last 30 years, and we have laid the foundation for 30 more years of successfully advancing the economic interests of Indian Country,” said Gary Davis, President and CEO of the National Center. “Moving to our new location at the Mirage, RES 2016 will be our biggest and best event yet. Whether you’re looking for chances to network, business training, capital and procurement opportunities, or information about the most relevant business topics, RES is the place Indian Country comes to do business.”

In addition to dozens of conference sessions on wide-ranging economic development topics, RES will feature:

– The National Center’s annual scholarship golf classic.
– The all-day Business Boot Camp, designed to give participants the chance to be involved in a condensed, full day of information designed specifically for current and aspiring small business owners.
– Buy Native Procurement Matchmaking Expo, helping attendees match their goods or services with both government and corporate procurement officers.
– National RES American Indian Art Market with art, jewelry, and other goods for sale.
– American Indian Business Tradeshow.
– Interactive Access to Capital Fair with top financial institutions in attendance to help current and prospective business owners access vital capital.
– VIP networking receptions on each night.

For the first time, RES attendees will get free access to the Native Edge – the National Center’s innovative online platform to give users the edge in business. Indian Country Today called the Native Edge a “Linkedin, & Facebook for Natives.” The Native Edge can be used to find and post jobs, network, access valuable job training, and learn about both government and corporate procurement opportunities. Registered attendees will get free access for one month after the conference, and can use the platform to enhance their in-person RES experience. For more information on the Native Edge or to sign up, please visit

After several years at the Mandalay Bay, this year’s event is taking place at the Mirage. Andy Wells, a RES attendee since the 1990s who has seen his business grow along with his attendance at the event, noted the event “is filled with excitement and a spirit of building business relationships.”

To learn more about RES, please visit The up-to-date conference agenda can be found here. Attendees at RES are encouraged to use the hashtag #RESis30, in celebration of the event’s 30th anniversary.

About the National Center: 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; 706-302-8404,

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