President and CEO Gary Davis to participate in separate business events in Washington, DC and Hannover, Germany

April 4, 2016

MESA, AZ – The National Center will advance Indian Country’s economic agenda through two separate events this month, focusing on both domestic and international business topics. On Thursday, April 7th National Center President and CEO Gary Davis will be a “Face of the New Economic Narrative” on a panel at the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) annual conference in Washington, DC. Later this month, Davis will be a part of the Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) delegation to the Hannover Messe trade fair in Hannover, Germany. For the first time, the United States is the partner country for the world’s largest industrial trade fair. President Obama and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker are expected to attend.

“It is a tremendous honor to represent Indian Country in two very important economic development forums,” said Davis. “Whether it’s at home or abroad, Native Americans are engaged in industries essential to the global economy. I look forward to sharing Indian Country’s great story and progress – as well as its tremendous potential – to fellow Americans as well as the international community.”

EDA’s annual conference will feature a panel with a TED-Talk style format that aims to change the traditional diversity narrative with experts who are transforming the minority business development paradigm. MBDA is serving as the host of the panel. Joining Davis on the panel are Nancy Santiago Negrón, Chief External Affairs Office at the Opportunity Finance Network and James Andrews, Founder/CEO of True Story Labs. MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo will give opening remarks to set the stage for the panel. The panel will take place form 1:30 – 2:30 on Thursday, April 7th at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. For more information about the conference, click here.

Hannover Messe is the world’s largest industrial trade fair, taking place from April 25-29. Over 5,000 companies will exhibit at the show, with over 400 from the U.S. to show the country is “open for business.” Companies from key trading partners such as Australia, Canada, China, Brazil, India, Mexico, and the United Kingdom will also be exhibiting. The National Center will be a part of the MBDA delegation, with the goal of demonstrating the unique benefits of doing business in Indian Country. A factor in the National Center’s selection is its Native American Global Trade Center, which facilitates the development of a variety of global relationships to grow tribal economies. For more information about Hannover Messe, please click here.

“Like the United States, Indian Country is indeed open for business and the opportunities are limitless,” continued Davis.

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; 202-333-2234

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