Largest economic development event in Indian Country is back in Las Vegas

February 23, 2017
LAS VEGAS – The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) will host its 31st annual National Reservation Economic Summit (RES) at the Mirage in Las Vegas from March 13-16. RES is the most-attended economic development event in Indian Country, and it brings together tribal leaders, entrepreneurs, government officials, suppliers, and many more to do business and learn more about top-of-mind economic development topics. This will be the first RES for new President and CEO Chris James, who took over the helm of the National Center at the beginning of the year.

“It’s an honor to attend and lead my first RES as President and CEO,” James said. “No other event brings together such a wide and diverse group of people to network, learn best practices, and do business in Indian Country. I hope to see many familiar faces and make new connections at our 31st annual RES at the incredible Mirage in Las Vegas. It really is the can’t-miss business event for our community, and all of those who support the National Center’s mission of creating economic opportunity for Native Americans in all corners of the country.”

National RES 2017 will feature time-honored programs and events, as well as new offerings essential for any tribal or Native-owned business to be successful. Highlights of RES include:
-An all-day business bootcamp for attendees to get a condensed version of RES in a single day.
-Consultation with the Department of Interior on its proposed revisions to the Indian Trader Act, as well as a dialogue on the status of the Indian Incentive Program.
-A workshop on how to prepare applications for Native Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). Chris James has previously managed his tribe’s CDFI, and worked with CDFIs while at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
-A Department of Commerce panel on new initiatives and programs that can help tribes with their economic planning.
-A Buy Native Procurement Matchmaking Expo to connect Native businesses with corporate and federal procurement opportunities.
-A panel session with other leading Native organizations to discuss their shared agendas and mutual initiatives to advance the interests of Indian Country.
-Updates on Federal legislation to keep attendees informed on Federal Native American policy with key staff from the U.S. Congress. A separate panel will focus on Native business in the new administration, featuring officials from the Trump Administration.
-The first panel with past 40 under 40 award recipients to discuss their paths and future opportunities in the diverse fields in which they’ve distinguished themselves, and how they can spur mentorship in Indian Country.

In addition, RES will showcase Native art in its Artisan market, and businesses will set up booths to discuss their products and services through the National RES Business Trade Show.
Each day, RES will host informative sessions with subject-matter experts and leaders across diverse fields. Topics include energy, tribal economic diversification, technology and innovation, the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Program, contracting, taxation, e-commerce, STEM and tribal workforce development, finance, women in business, tourism, gaming, marketing and social media, broadband development, access to capital, infrastructure, agriculture, health care, and water resources.
“There is no business topic untouched at National RES 2017,” James continued. “RES continues to be the place where Indian Country comes to do business.”

RES would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors, including presenting sponsor the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA). A full list of RES sponsors can be found here.

For more information about RES, including how to register, please visit res.ncaied.org. You can also access the most up-to-date and detailed agenda, which includes updated speakers and participants as well events at National RES.

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
lewisl@strategies360.com

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