National RES 2015 Yields New Opportunities, New Events, and Lasting Business Relationships

National RES 2015 Yields New Opportunities, New Events, and Lasting Business Relationships

Our 29th Reservation Economic Summit (RES) was certainly one to remember, marked with new events, new partners, new topics, and most importantly: new and lasting business relationships. We will certainly use what we learned at National RES to grow and expand future RES events, and stay on the cutting edge of business development in Indian Country. Perhaps the aspect of the conference that stood out to me most was our new events – and just how packed they were. We kicked off Monday with a Business Boot Camp, designed to give Indian entrepreneurs the training and information they need to launch or grow their business. The opening session also featured the Buy Native Procurement Expo, which was done in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Though we are just a few weeks removed from RES, we have already heard from attendees who were able to secure contracts as a result of the expo. Check out our success stories section for examples of how RES can help grow your business. For the first time, we hosted an Interactive Access to Capital Fair, which gave RES attendees a chance to discuss their potential projects with major financial institutions such as Wells Fargo, PNC, Native American Bank, Key Bank, and others. And in what’s become a major topic in Indian Country, we hosted a panel on the recent Department of Justice Memorandum on growing marijuana on tribal lands – a topic that we will continue to discuss in the coming months. Indeed, the session attracted the attention of none other than CNBC. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the strong...
Letters of Success from National RES Las Vegas 2015

Letters of Success from National RES Las Vegas 2015

(PHOTO: Craig Williams, Vice President of Engineering for DME Electronics, is holding a custom display of wired electronic aerospace electrical connectors. In the center is George Williams NCAIED AIPTAC Program Manager and left is Lynn Williams, President and owner of DME Electronics.) I am still amazed at the meetings we had at the Buy Native Procurement Matchmaking Expo during National RES 2015. My company, DME Electronics, is a Native American and woman-owned business that provides electronic components to defense and aerospace industries, and we benefitted greatly from the invaluable advice and insight from our potential customers. I am now working hard to improve the marketability of my business based on these high-value meetings. Even in the short time since RES, I have already secured bids from two companies to train us to achieve needed AS9100 certification – the quality management criteria designed specifically for the aerospace industry. Achieving this certification was suggested by the large aerospace companies with whom we met at RES. But most importantly, we have already received orders from two of these large primes we met with at RES. WOW! We could not have done this without all the assistance from the NCAIED American Indian Procurement Technical Assistance Center, the U.S. SBA, and My Business Matches. -Lynn Williams DME Electronics The National RES 2015 opening reception event was awesome with a professional touch! Along with enjoying the Native American culture of various nations, there were delicious snacks and pleasant background music. However, the best was yet to come. The opening day But Native Procurement Matchmaking Expo was filled with excitement and a spirit of building business...
The National Center honors those who have contributed to advancing business in Indian Country

The National Center honors those who have contributed to advancing business in Indian Country

As a part of this year’s National RES, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development honored Native American business leaders and those who have made significant contributions to advancing economic development in Indian Country. The award winners spanned businesses large and small, and also included categories for tribal leadership, gaming, women-owned business, volunteers, and public advocates. We are proud of all of our winners and look forward to their continued contributions to Indian Country. Below is a list of winners. Corporate Advocate of the Year: Comcast NBCUniversal American Indian Business of the Year: Gila River Telecommunications Volunteer of the Year: Mabel Tsosie, President of Spottedhorse Infosystems, LLC Tribal Gaming Visionary: Victor Rocha, Owner and Editor of Pechanga.net Tim Wapato Public Advocate of the Year: Lance Gumbs, Executive Director of the Native American Financial Services Association Small Business Empowerment Award: Stephen Mills, Founder, President, and CEO of AQIWO, Inc. Native Woman Business Owner of the Year: Victoria Vasques, Owner and President of Tribal Tech, LLC American Indian Leadership Award: George Tiger, Principal Chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of...
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